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Alternative to a low C
« on: August 29, 2015, 01:17:38 PM »

I'm sure this has been asked before but I'm supposed to play a low C in a tune which is in G, I'm playing a D/G box and I'm looking for an alternative, any suggestions please?


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Re: Alternative to a low C
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2015, 05:02:04 PM »

Predictably I am going to recommend a fourth-button-start layout that includes that low C...

But if you don't have time or the resources for that, you just find some way of faking it. It's impossible to say what's best without knowing what the tune is. Sometime an E (two notes higher) is a good substitute, sometimes it isn't and you need to rewrite the phrase containing that C. Sometimes moving several notes up an octave works. Sometimes simply leaving it out is a good option, especially if someone else is playing the tune with you - nobody will notice!

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Re: Alternative to a low C
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2015, 05:07:34 PM »

If it is just the odd couple of notes or so, you can also play the low C on the left-hand side. As a fudge, it works surprisingly well and the difference in pitch, voicing and the sound shift across the instrument is often not noticed by listeners.
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Re: Alternative to a low C
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2015, 05:55:30 PM »

In some tunes you can substitute a low E.
If you have a three voice box then you can switch in the low voice and play an octave up.
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Re: Alternative to a low C
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2015, 11:43:30 AM »

There is a bloody great big low C (both ways) on the left end. WTP?

Same applies for a low B in eg Em tunes, only there on push ;)
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