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Low notes on D/G layouts
« on: June 17, 2010, 12:34:11 PM »

I've been studying the D/G layouts and the low notes are a bit of a mystery. I can't see why the G row has both push and pull D, and the D row has both push and pull A. Obviously there is a good reason for this. Can someone explain it please?
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Re: Low notes on D/G layouts
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2010, 01:03:06 PM »

I think, the low notes are for playing chords and accompaniment
for that a D-pull / A pull is quite usefull:
D major (D F# A) and A major (A C# E)


« Last Edit: June 17, 2010, 01:07:16 PM by michik »
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Re: Low notes on D/G layouts
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2010, 01:05:23 PM »

I think, the low notes are for playing chords and accompainment
for that a D-pull quite usefull



Yes it means you can play a D7 chord on pull using the first 4 buttons on the G row.  Similarly A7 on the D row
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Re: Low notes on D/G layouts
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2010, 01:54:44 PM »

The D on the pull in particular is very useful for playing melodies, as well as chords.
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Re: Low notes on D/G layouts
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2010, 02:22:32 PM »

Isn't this a harmonica thing that has been carried over to melodeons? I'd far rather have a low B on the D row than an extra A. I don't know about other traditions, but for anyone interested in Irish music the absence of the low B is a considerable disadvantage because it crops up in many tunes. Perhaps no great loss for players of English music?
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Re: Low notes on D/G layouts
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2010, 02:34:47 PM »

Isn't this a harmonica thing that has been carried over to melodeons? I'd far rather have a low B on the D row than an extra A. I don't know about other traditions, but for anyone interested in Irish music the absence of the low B is a considerable disadvantage because it crops up in many tunes. Perhaps no great loss for players of English music?

Don't do much Irish but if I need a low B for melody - I just dab it in from the bass end.
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Re: Low notes on D/G layouts
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2010, 02:43:32 PM »

Or,
If you replace the duplicated 'D' on the G row with a low F natural, then that combined with the high F natural that a 2 row D/G may well already have gives you a whole load more versatility as to what you can play.
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Re: Low notes on D/G layouts
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2010, 02:46:25 PM »

I'd far rather have a low B on the D row than an extra A.
You can use the one from the G row!
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Re: Low notes on D/G layouts
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2010, 03:52:02 PM »

You can use the one from the G row!
You can't if you have the standard 2-row layout with accidentals. It ain't there on the G-row!
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Re: Low notes on D/G layouts
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2010, 05:31:26 PM »


You can use the one from the G row!
You can't if you have the standard 2-row layout with accidentals. It ain't there on the G-row!
http://info.melodeon.net/files/site/DG21acc.gif

If you've got accidentals, you don't have a low B, but you don't have a duplicated low A to swap for it either!
If you've got low notes, you have a duplicated low A and a low B on the push on the G row, but you could always swap the A on the pull for a low B on the pull so that you have one in each direction.

I've swapped my low A on the pull for a low C natural!




   
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Re: Low notes on D/G layouts
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2010, 03:55:02 PM »

I have fourth button start with accidentals, which is probably the best of the standard layouts. I'm thinking of mucking around with it so as to get some more lower notes though, a low G would be particularly useful.
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