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B system versus C system on the FR-18

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Daddy Long Les

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Ok, I've programmed both systems into my Roland FR-18.

Tried the C system over the weekend using my right hand thumb to play some of the notes - got on ok with it but found this hurt my hand quite a lot - I guess it was the hovering over the fingerboard.

This morning I used the B system (using only R.H. fingers and my thumb behind the fingerboard) and this seems to fall more naturally to my fingers and generally feel more comfortable.

Any observations from you CBA players out there?

Les
 

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Go with the one that feels best and stick with it.
 

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The French are notorious for 4 finger playing - with a C system. There appear to be a number of variations on the technique, each using the thumb in a different way, but heres my current favorite example that gives you a clear view of a good play (Eric Bouvelle) using no thumbs:
 
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Ok,

After a lot of experimentation I've gone for a B system but using my thumb plus a more "straight-on" bass set up. (See attachment)

I've placed the E, E major and E minor where the Bb usually goes as I need this chord for a tune I'm playing.

I'll post a video when I've made some progress.

Thanks for all help and advice given.

Les
 

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You are becoming a programming geneous Les..... :)
 
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Glenn said:
You are becoming a programming geneous Les..... :)

Thanks Glenn - actually really worn myself out with all this so Im looking forward to just playing!! :hb

The FR-18 is not the easiest of machines to understand - give me a straightforward acoustic instrument anyday. However it has given me the chance to try different tunings and systems out so thats a good thing. :tup:
 

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