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by george garside
Sat May 19, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: What is he doing in this vid?
Replies: 19
Views: 513

Re: What is he doing in this vid?

Whilst not wishing in any way to contradict the advice in respect of the importance of formal study of chord formations etc etc etc those who play by ear /from memory and have formal training or theoretical knowledge make up a very significant part of the box fraternity. For the benefit of 'earists'...
by george garside
Sun May 13, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2018

google tuneworks shrewsbury folk festival 2018.

All the instrumental workshops are organised by a sub group called tuneworks who also publish free internet tune book. They are very much part of the festival and their leader is one of the festival directors.
george
by george garside
Sat May 12, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2018

Shrewsbury Folk festival 2018 (august bank holiday weekend see website for info)
Ed Moseley will be running 5 piano accordion workshops and I will be doing 5 DG melodeon workshops

These will be 2 Saturday morning, 2 sunday morning and 1 Monday morning

george
by george garside
Sat May 12, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Accordion tuning
Replies: 6
Views: 147

Re: Accordion tuning

In melodeon land pre war and early post war hohners are sought after as they have a different sound to later versions of the same model. Indeed there are several fettlers who specialise in bringing the early ones back to life. Similarly modern BCC# (british chromatic) boxes although excellent in the...
by george garside
Sat May 12, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: what is this instrument
Replies: 22
Views: 714

Re: what is this instrument

nearly all 8, 12, 18 etc bisonoric (2 notes on each treble button) boxes have bisonoric or ''melodeon' bass. on the 8 bass they are arranged to provide accompaniment for the two keys the treble rows are tuned to. The simplest way , at a glance, to distinguish melodeon bass from stradella is that bis...
by george garside
Fri May 11, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: what is this instrument
Replies: 22
Views: 714

Re: what is this instrument

the term diatonic does not in any way specifically to boxes that play 2 notes on each button, one on push and one on pull. Diatonic simply means that an instrument has all the notes for one key only. in other words one scale. The one row button box/melodeon which was the first accordion c 1829 is ju...
by george garside
Fri May 11, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: energy and health
Replies: 13
Views: 661

Re: energy and health

if accompanying a solo or small group of 2 or 3 singers I try to position myself where I can see their faces so I can watch their mouths for phrasing i.e the singers are leading but I am so close that the audience think its the other way round. If its not possible to get a view of their mouths I wa...
by george garside
Thu May 10, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Accordions with bass sordina
Replies: 12
Views: 342

Re: Accordions with bass sordina

thanks Paul for the explanation. I would have thought restricting airflow to the reeds would work better than just muffling the sound would work better, it could possibly be the answer to overloud bass on some of the small 2 row diatonics where muffling the output doesn't do the trick. Might give it...
by george garside
Thu May 10, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Accordions with bass sordina
Replies: 12
Views: 342

Re: Accordions with bass sordina

have never heard of a sodina and am unclear as to what it does. Does it separate the bass reeds from the treble reeds so the bass sound and the treble sound does not get mixed up in the bellows - but if so how does the air go back and forth through the bass reeds or is there provison for sufficient ...
by george garside
Wed May 09, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: energy and health
Replies: 13
Views: 661

Re: energy and health

if accompanying a solo or small group of 2 or 3 singers I try to position myself where I can see their faces so I can watch their mouths for phrasing i.e the singers are leading but I am so close that the audience think its the other way round. If its not possible to get a view of their mouths I wat...
by george garside
Wed May 09, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: energy and health
Replies: 13
Views: 661

Re: energy and health

Jazz, I think your number 3 (wing it) is the right frame of mind to have for a performance. The alternative of trying too hard to get things 'right' ( whatever that means) can result in undue stress = cock ups! I presume you will be playing as part of a 'band' rather than solo and leaving out the ba...
by george garside
Mon May 07, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Maximising coupler use
Replies: 7
Views: 198

Re: Maximising coupler use

just a thought in the opposite direction so to speak. Just because you have a vast number of couplers doesn't mean you have to use all or even most of them ! There is also the question as to how many changes , if any, should be/need to be made in the same tune or piece of music. Does a change really...
by george garside
Wed May 02, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: most difficult thing to learn
Replies: 12
Views: 317

Re: most difficult thing to learn

Accordian Constantly asking questions such as this will not improve your playing. xocd got it right when he told you that patience was the most difficult thing to learn, a commodity which you appear to be short of. You will (and must) face and overcome the problems which are unique to you. Flitting...
by george garside
Wed May 02, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: most difficult thing to learn
Replies: 12
Views: 317

Re: most difficult thing to learn

Stephen Hawkins wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 10:46 am
Accordian

. Flitting about like a Bee will gain you nothing, so just knuckle down to whichever practice regime you find most appropriate.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
or perhaps more like a fart in a colander - going round and round trying to decide which hole to come out of!

George :) ;)
by george garside
Wed May 02, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: most difficult thing to learn
Replies: 12
Views: 317

Re: most difficult thing to learn

accordion, my advice would be to stop worrying about getting 100% perfection as a relative beginner. So doing takes a long time to achieve even with first class hands on tuition aiming a professional 'performance' standard For most would be accordion players whether playing from the dots or by ear t...
by george garside
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: correct speed
Replies: 17
Views: 473

Re: correct speed

I won't have anybody in a ceilidh band that doesn't keep time with their foot or even feet. That is so that I can be certain that everybody is precisely in time, not only with each other but also with the dancers! I am aware that in the classical world keeping time with ones foot is frowned on but t...
by george garside
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Piano or cromatic accordion?
Replies: 115
Views: 5375

Re: Piano or cromatic accordion?

George, I know next to nothing about the British Chromatic accordion, but I did live very near to the man who was accredited with being its finest ever exponent, and that was Will Starr from Croy, here in Scotland. He will hardly be a household name these days, but everybody I knew in my younger da...
by george garside
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: correct speed
Replies: 17
Views: 473

Re: correct speed

Starting the accompaniment off before the actual theme helps in establishing its independent nature, and once the theme starts, of course you try keeping it going in exactly the same manner as you started it alone. This kind of "listening to the accompaniment as a separate entity" thing just is eas...
by george garside
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Age - Aches & pains...
Replies: 47
Views: 3665

Re: Age - Aches & pains...

as one with arthritis in right shoulder and hand I have found the following helps. limit playing on 'big' box - I only use it at home and only for 15/20 minutes at a time (96 bass hohner gaelic) limit bellows movement as I have already said. Keeping bellows very 'tight' reduces not only shoulder mov...
by george garside
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: correct speed
Replies: 17
Views: 473

Re: correct speed

irrespective of differing opinions on the role of the bass and treble ends of a box there is the fundamental problem of the degree not only of manual dexterity but also needing tobe, to some degree at least, ambidextrous. This is more a matter of training the brain than the hands as the brain has to...