mitchnc wrote:This is a response I received to an ad I posted to find out if there are any local teachers. Looking for your comments!
"If you have not chosen between B and C yet, I may be able to advise you. I picked the B system because of the relative ease of playing chromatically. So, depending on the style you want to play in, one or the other system might be more approachable. I taught myself, and the B system has worked very well for me. B system is better for any sort of music that involves a lot of chromatic runs, such as tango music, jazz and such. I also find that I can play anything I want to in the system. Both systems are equal as to their ability to play in what would normally be the "awkward" keys, so they both can be learned much faster than a piano keyboard accordion.
I think the Roland is great for experimenting with both systems. You can teach yourself the same tune in both systems, and get an idea of how they compare."
What is different is where the notes basically start. I know that is over-simplified, but here, look at this chart and you will see what I mean.
Check out Paris Moscow Duo...Domi on c system, her husband Roman on B system
Acon wrote:Seems the discussion about B system vs C system will go forever.
I play C-system but always want to try B-system because most of my idols use B-system (yes many of them are Russians) and I like the way they rest their thumb on the edge of the right-hand kayboard , but I prefer the note direction of the free bass arrangement on a standard C-system which is just the mirror of the right-hand side and it's easy for me to learn.
debra wrote:"The B-system makes it somewhat easier to stick to three rows (cf. playing D_F#_A_D on the first three rows of a CBA-C). B-system is also convenient in case you don't want to use your thumb at all."
My wife and I started using the 4th row almost right from the start because on the C-system indeed it is not so easy to stick to just 3 rows. And the B-system "advantage" of not using the thumb was not an advantage we wanted: we have 5 fingers to use all 5.
debra wrote:Regarding the direction of the bass side, that should not be a decider: the B-system is available in both orientations, called "international" versus "russian". But some B-system players I know who started on the international system (i.e. mirrored) later moved on to the russian system.
debra wrote:I too like very much what some of the Russian virtuosi play, and I for instance got the "French Ballad" (based on Autumn Leaves) by Novikov and it is simply impossible on the C-system. I cannot reach the notes (it's not a matter of skill, but of physics).
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