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by george garside
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Folk Music of the British Isles
Topic: Scottish accordion tuning
Replies: 17
Views: 618

Re: Scottish accordion tuning

the british chromatic ( BCC#) accordion is , as its name suggests, chromatic and more to the point is easily chromatic and as already mentioned usually comes with stradella bass. Learning justt 5 scales enables the playing of 12 keys ( not quite as good as 3 scales on a 3 row continental but not far...
by george garside
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Folk Music of the British Isles
Topic: Scottish accordion tuning
Replies: 17
Views: 618

Re: Scottish accordion tuning

the british chromatic ( BCC#) accordion is , as its name suggests, chromatic and more to the point is easily chromatic and as already mentioned usually comes with stradella bass. Learning justt 5 scales enables the playing of 12 keys ( not quite as good as 3 scales on a 3 row continental but not far...
by george garside
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Folk Music of the British Isles
Topic: Scottish accordion tuning
Replies: 17
Views: 618

Re: Scottish accordion tuning

Hohner made a BCC# Gola on spec for Jimmy Shand i.e he didn't order one. He was, I understand , less than keen on it even though it had full Scottish Musette tuning. He much preferred the ease of handling and responsiveness of the Shand MOrino. This one off Gola is still in existance .

george
by george garside
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Folk Music of the British Isles
Topic: Scottish accordion tuning
Replies: 17
Views: 618

Re: Scottish accordion tuning

not to sharp for me, its the way every box should be tuned! george Hi George, As kids we used to listen to Irish stuff played on boxes like this one, and we all liked the tuning. Then they went and changed it to swing! I suppose Scottish accordion music never really got a chance in our neck of the ...
by george garside
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: looking for a unique accordion
Replies: 6
Views: 330

Re: looking for a unique accordion

it looks a bit like a piano key concertina in that both ends are hand held rather than being attached to the person. A concertina would do the job nicely and there are three basic concertina systems. Anglo - 2 notes per button as on a diatonic accordion. English - single note per button so perhaps m...
by george garside
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Tunes & How to Play Them
Topic: Changing passages for smaller accordion
Replies: 11
Views: 374

Re: Changing passages for smaller accordion

but have you got two spare fingers at just the right moment?.
george
by george garside
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Tunes & How to Play Them
Topic: Changing passages for smaller accordion
Replies: 11
Views: 374

Re: Changing passages for smaller accordion

:indulge in the noble art of faking, a skill well known to 2 row diatonic (melodeon) players. eg you could as you say go up an octave which with practice might not brake up the flow if done smoothly substitiute a singe bass note for the missing low treble note, play the note before the one you hav.t...
by george garside
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: I don't like that
Replies: 54
Views: 1559

Re: I don't like that

whistling rufus and s shufling Samuel went/do go well together.Sir Jimmy Shand recorded them both. as far as I can see there are two broad 'school' of box players. Those of a classical disposition complete with exams and grades and who stick largely to playing as writ and who aim for perfection thos...
by george garside
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: I don't like that
Replies: 54
Views: 1559

Re: I don't like that

they were enjoying themselves as were the people watching so whats wrong with that - or are we supposed to be constantly seriarse about accordions the playing of????

george :) ;)
by george garside
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: playing at a sing-along?
Replies: 4
Views: 249

Re: playing at a sing-along?

if playing for an ad hoc song session where you have no idea of what key or how good etc the singers are etc and expect the singers to follow you FC&G will probably be fine. Start a tune at a mid speed and adjust on the hoof to a speed the singers are comfortable with i.e. you follow them! If the si...
by george garside
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Folk Music of the British Isles
Topic: Irish tuning
Replies: 9
Views: 319

Re: Irish tuning

At one time Irish boxes were generally tuned very 'wet' but less so in more ;recent years. A very good example of a top hole Irish piano box exponent is to look/listen at the many youtube vids of MIck Foster. If it is for a 'one off' job you could probably juggle the couplers to get a reasonably 'Ir...
by george garside
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: I Did That!
Topic: A Scottish Slant 3
Replies: 8
Views: 275

Re: A Scottish Slant 3

There is a great deal to be said for Jimmy Shands ''watch the feet of the dancers and it comes back to you and helps you'' There is a very short 30 second youtube vid of him actually saying that when playing in a ?village hall with some box players.

george
by george garside
Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Folk Music of the British Isles
Topic: Scottish accordion tuning
Replies: 17
Views: 618

Re: Scottish accordion tuning

where did the term 'wet' to describe accordion tuning come from. At one time it was only used to describe a particularly obnoxious brand of flatulence!

george :evil:
by george garside
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: I Did That!
Topic: A Scottish Slant 3
Replies: 8
Views: 275

Re: A Scottish Slant 3

I play tunes for the gay gordons and other dances at a slower speed for 'english' barn dances/ceilidhs than is the norm in Scotland . Something on the lines of a 'jaunty walk' speed works fine for dancers who do just that rather than proper dance steps.

george
by george garside
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Folk Music of the British Isles
Topic: Scottish accordion tuning
Replies: 17
Views: 618

Re: Scottish accordion tuning

not to sharp for me, its the way every box should be tuned!

george
by george garside
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: I Did That!
Topic: A Scottish Slant
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Re: A Scottish Slant

All great tunes and played with great rhythm and phrasing . They passed the 'foot tapping' test as my foot was tapping throughout all by itself!

What box were you using?


george
by george garside
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Useful practice alternative?
Replies: 20
Views: 933

Re: Useful practice alternative?

losthobos wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:03 am
Try whistling.. ..

many years ago I was driving along with a couple of mates and whistling as we went along. One of my passengers said '' pity whats coming out of the gob isnt the same as whats going on in the head! - so much for whistling.!

george
by george garside
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Useful practice alternative?
Replies: 20
Views: 933

Re: Useful practice alternative?

I don't understand what would be wrong with a small real accordion like a Weltmeister Perle, Rubin or Juwel or a Hohner Pokerwork or even a Roland FR 1x. Is practicing on something that isn't an accordion really practicing an accordion? hohner have made small piano boxes with 8, 12 and 24 bass that...
by george garside
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: Complete beginner from UK, Leicester!
Replies: 23
Views: 862

Re: Complete beginner from UK, Leicester!

Black Diamond Accordions are a very reputable outfit and are indeed nice people to deal with. They do a brand new 60 bass 2 voice C system box for a very reasonable £899 including case. which would be as good a starting box as any and maybe the only one you will ever need. see their website for full...
by george garside
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: Complete beginner from UK, Leicester!
Replies: 23
Views: 862

Re: Complete beginner from UK, Leicester!

it all depends on what strange keys the singers may require. On a piano box each requires the learning of a different scale . On a 3 orow continental 3 scalesworth of learning does for 12 keys and on a 5 row one scalesworth will provide 12 keys although I would recommend getting the hang of the 3 sc...