Jitterbug Waltz / la vie en rose...



Jitterbug Waltz / la vie en rose...

Postby losthobos » Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:33 pm

https://youtu.be/i-iAAEFoC8I

Sweet little ditty originally played by Fats Waller in 1929 on a church organ...used to test my new box running all reeds.LMM (L in casotto)
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Re: Jitterbug Waltz, Piermaria test taster

Postby maugein96 » Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:27 pm

Well done (again)! Only other time I heard this being played was by Django Rheinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, who drowned Django out for most of the track.

Sounds really great on that Piermaria. One or two "SEM" branded digital Piermarias are on the go here in Scotland, but they are on the pricey side.

That's a great sounding box, and all the voices complement each other. I don't think I could get that type of sound from my Maugein, which sounds a bit more rustic.

If I were starting out again Piermaria would be my number one choice of make, as some of the best French musette sounds I've heard were played on Piermarias.

They had/have a factory in Rue Charenton in Paris, but I think it was more of an assembly and repair workshop with a large number of parts imported from Castelfidardo.

Louis Corchia, who played almost exclusively on Piermarias, composed a jazzy type valse musette entitled "Rue Charenton", in tribute to Piermaria.

Keep these coming Terry. I think that new accordion is making a big difference. It seems to suit your style better than the Brandoni.
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Re: Jitterbug Waltz, Piermaria test taster

Postby JerryPH » Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:29 pm

Well, I was kind of wondering why you would have wanted to move from your last accordion to a Piermaria. Let's say I now know why... what a lovely sound, so rich, and what a beautiful design!

I can see your playing making small leaps and bounds, but you are not going to get any credit for it. If I had such a wonderful warm place to play, I would be there all day long, so credit goes to your wood stove... just kidding! :lol:

Good job, please keep it up!
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Re: Jitterbug Waltz, Piermaria test taster

Postby Matt Butcher » Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:42 am

Yes, I like that a lot. Unusual composition, I wonder if Thelonious Monk had a copy. The sound of the accordion is beautiful and the left and right hand sounds blend in amazingly well, perfect for your harmonies. Loads of nice things about the performance, from picking this music in the first place, to the right hand harmonies, to the gentle swing and little shifts in the rhythm around 0'30", to the perfect ending.
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Re: Jitterbug Waltz, Piermaria test taster

Postby dan » Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:20 pm

I used to play this tune on PA but found it much more difficult on CBA; gave up. Good for you sticking with it! Lovely instrument
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Re: Jitterbug Waltz, Piermaria test taster

Postby losthobos » Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:21 am

Thankyou for listening people
This box is truly lovely...where playing the Brandoni felt like I was conducting an orchestra playing the Piermaria feel like i'm dancing with a beautiful woman...
Maugien I think the sound we're hearing may be due to the nailed in reeds..i've an older Piermaria that's similar and had a very old Ranco Guglielmo once that had similar breath but an awful mechanical action...I traded that for the Brandoni but though the tone was awesome I could never really fall in love it...
Jerry don't worry...I love staying in by the fire...another friend had teased me for taking to roasting chestnuts rather than playing them
Matt..it is a lovely tune for sure..thanks for appreciating...
Dan...funny piece really...Looks easy descending fifths but somehow manage to turn itself into a tongue twister....another lovely waltz I struggle with in the same way is Mido's theme/the last waltz from the Korean movie Old Boy....should b simple but somehow throws you into a heady spin..
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Re: Jitterbug Waltz / la vie en rose...

Postby losthobos » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:37 am

quick add...la vie en rose... https://youtu.be/7aMaxQv8Po8
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Re: Jitterbug Waltz / la vie en rose...

Postby JerryPH » Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:01 pm

I think you've done your best job yet with La Vie en Rose, and I like it the best too. If I could add a minor suggestion, your music at times sounds a little too slurred, try to keep a bit of crispness in between the phrases just to help accentuate the melody.

Really coming along and you have another piece for your musical repertoire!
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Re: Jitterbug Waltz / la vie en rose...

Postby losthobos » Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:27 am

Cheers Jerry and your tip hasn't gone unnoticed
Someone told me once the difference between playing piano and accordion was with th piano you concentrate on pressing the note down...with the accordion you need to concentrate on releasing the note...
I struggle to achieve this smoothly hence my sloppy slurred speech...
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Re: Jitterbug Waltz / la vie en rose...

Postby maugein96 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:56 am

Terry,

You're coming on in leaps and bounds there. I think the person who offered you advice was referring to the piano has no bellows, whereas those accordion notes are going to go on forever as long as the bellows are moving with the keys depressed.

Most of us are so happy when we hit the right notes that we don't want to let go! I'm much the same as you in that respect, but remember that guys like Johnny Meijer could hardly play a tune without slurring it all together. It was just the way he played.

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