Reply To: Neck strap for a 37-key melodica

Daren Banarsë

While you’re experimenting with a hand position Ofir, a few thoughts from my experience:

Melodica technique is very different from piano technique as the pressure required to press down a key is next to nothing. Might be worth spending some time experimenting with just how much force you need to use and adjusting your technique to match your findings.

Look for a playing position which doesn’t cause too much distortion in the whole body. For me, that’s keeping both wrists reasonably straight. When I first discovered this, my fingers didn’t know how to play like they used to, and I needed a period of readjustment.

Also, you may have to slowly build up muscles you haven’t been using in the left hand. The answer is to take lots of breaks. Give your body plenty of recovery time.

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