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Fingers around the air lever (BCC#)
« on: July 29, 2009, 11:05:00 AM »

Hi on my Hohner Echo III BCC# the air lever is quite long and I'm finding that it gets in the way particularly when playing in E  or B major, as I'm trying get my fingers onto A, E, & B chords as well as straddle the air lever. Does anyone have any tips as to how they got around this problem? The pic shows the A row of buttons about equal with the bottom of the air lever, and obviously the E & B rows are above that. I don't have a particularly large hand - but feel that there must be some way around this problem?

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Re: Fingers around the air lever (BCC#)
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2009, 11:23:12 AM »

depends on the position of air bar & flexibility of thumb, also on whether the bar goes in & out at both ends (i.e. stays parallel with the end of the box) or is hinged at the top end. I much prefer the latter but both my 3 row boxes have the latter & yours looks like the hinged veriety.  When playing up at chin end of the bass I   use  the side of the thumb near the palm of the hand on the air bar - It doesn't have to be the tip of the thumb, just use wnbatever you can bring to bear . The problem with the hinged air bar is that it requires more pressure (and less movement) at the hinged end whereas the 'parallel' bar has the same feel along its length.

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