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Re: Should I learn fingering and other techniques ?

the book ''hohner complete tutor for the large type chromatic button-key accordion '' by Curt Heroldcontains detailed instructions for all scales including which fingers to use where etc as well as many useful exercises. It covers both B & Csystems I don't know when it was published but might be...
by george garside
Wed May 24, 2017 8:52 pm
 
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Should I learn fingering and other techniques ?
Replies: 12
Views: 124

Re: New member in Scotland

Lilly Marlene was one I found went down very well when playing in rest homes and day centres. I even play it sometimes in 'English' folk sessions!

george
by george garside
Wed May 24, 2017 11:13 am
 
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: New member in Scotland
Replies: 14
Views: 360

Re: New member in Scotland

I used to play knees up mother brown and other 'singy' tunes for north west morris - if the punters can join in by singing you tend to get more brass in'tin. Happy days!

George {} :ch
by george garside
Wed May 24, 2017 9:18 am
 
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: New member in Scotland
Replies: 14
Views: 360

Re: Should I learn fingering and other techniques ?

Skills yes,theoretical knowledge not necessarily so! There are many exceedingly proficient folk/trad etc players of piano and button boxes who 's playing skills are out of this world but who have little if any theoretical knowledge . On the other hand a surfeit of theoretical 'knowledge' does not gu...
by george garside
Wed May 24, 2017 8:56 am
 
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Should I learn fingering and other techniques ?
Replies: 12
Views: 124

Re: Should I learn fingering and other techniques ?

learning to play scales fluently and fairly swiftly is, to me, essential for both those following a classical training programme and those who focus of folk/trad music etc. Also practicing scales is an ongoing process and it does no harm to run through a few scales when you pick up the box even afte...
by george garside
Tue May 23, 2017 6:57 pm
 
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Should I learn fingering and other techniques ?
Replies: 12
Views: 124

Re: stradella bass buttons

It can help to visualise the stradella bass layout as consisting of vertical anad diagonal rows. Each vertical row provides a different type of note or chord - starting from the bellows side that is counterbass (ignore as a beginner) bass note, major chord, minor chord , 7th chord, diminished chord....
by george garside
Tue May 23, 2017 7:58 am
 
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: stradella bass buttons
Replies: 10
Views: 140

Re: Tips for hand independence?

totally agree re using simple tune and would add 'when the saints go marching in' . Also agree with sorting both ends separately before combining particularly as coming fom a piano to a continental both sides are new to you

george
by george garside
Mon May 22, 2017 2:30 pm
 
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Tips for hand independence?
Replies: 14
Views: 199

Re: putting 'lift' into dance music

As it's Morris practice this evening, now my challenge is clear - maximum lift, with turgid bass. tap lightly with a clear gap between bass note and chord to avoid the onset of 'turgidity' or try just taping the chord button lightly on the offbeat for part of a tune to give a bit of variation. geor...
by george garside
Mon May 22, 2017 2:15 pm
 
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: putting 'lift' into dance music
Replies: 9
Views: 162

Re: putting 'lift' into dance music

an often missed point is that the inherent rhythm in a tune must come from the way the melody is played! Fiddles , concertinas , flutes, whistles etc can be played very rhythmically and provide goodly 'lift' for dancers - with no bass! With any type of box there are at least 3 possible layers of rhy...
by george garside
Mon May 22, 2017 11:05 am
 
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: putting 'lift' into dance music
Replies: 9
Views: 162

Re: putting 'lift' into dance music

looks like nobody has any handy tips on adding 'lift' or for that matter questions on how so to do!

george :o
by george garside
Mon May 22, 2017 8:52 am
 
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: putting 'lift' into dance music
Replies: 9
Views: 162
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