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by george garside
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: Complete beginner from UK, Leicester!
Replies: 19
Views: 311

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...
by george garside
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: accordion tuition southport and merseyside etc
Replies: 0
Views: 35

accordion tuition southport and merseyside etc

In the near future I will be moving from Anglesey to Southport and will be able to offer friendly relaxed tuition on melodeon, (DG <BC and BCC#) piano accordion and C system chromatic . Folk/trad/jolly tunes by ear or from the dots. Not classical/ exams/grades etc. I have over 30 years experience of...
by george garside
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: Complete beginner from UK, Leicester!
Replies: 19
Views: 311

Re: Complete beginner from UK, Leicester!

C system continental chromatic is probably the best way to go as it is far more common in the UK than the B system

george
by george garside
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: Complete beginner from UK, Leicester!
Replies: 19
Views: 311

Re: Complete beginner from UK, Leicester!

The size of accordion - as defined by the number of bass buttons - that you need depends to osome degree on the type of music you intend playing and the range of keys you are likely to need. A 120 bass box is only needed if you are intending doing ''classical'' exams and grades type of stuff whereas...
by george garside
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Heavy Accordion
Replies: 17
Views: 366

Re: Heavy Accordion

playing a box that is uncomfartably heavy is self inflicted torture irrespective of how much you like the sound it makes. At 76 I keep my big box , which I love, for playing at home for relatively short periods ( and seated) . and for band work I have gone to a lightweight 3 voice MML box which as f...
by george garside
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: Light, bouncy and frothy.
Replies: 10
Views: 359

Re: Light, bouncy and frothy.

I agree that in theory some of the 'bounce' comes free of charge on a diatonic box ( but despite that some players make it sound dirgy) . Also the DBA can where desired be played extremely smoothly eg for ;song accaompanyment or for a slow smoochy waltz or indeed a haunting slow air. Of course a pia...
by george garside
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: Light, bouncy and frothy.
Replies: 10
Views: 359

Re: Light, bouncy and frothy.

for the sake of continuity I will post this on the 'incorrect board''! a couple of thoughts on doing light bouncy and frothy which for ''folk '' and 'trad' dance music I would have no other! The following quote is well worth keeping in mind: "The well known concert pianist Artur Schnabel once said '...
by george garside
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: 4 bass rows sunk after transit
Replies: 23
Views: 309

Re: 4 bass rows sunk after transit

OK sorry for the confusion!
george
by george garside
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: 4 bass rows sunk after transit
Replies: 23
Views: 309

Re: 4 bass rows sunk after transit

I have never had a box with peg bass buttons but can't see what difference they should make unless the bass end plate (beneath the bass strap and housing the air button) is made as one part i.e right angled to include the bass keyboard?button board of whatever its correctly called??? Certainly the o...
by george garside
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: 4 bass rows sunk after transit
Replies: 23
Views: 309

Re: 4 bass rows sunk after transit

not the bass keyboard cover the bass end back plate where your wrist is under the bass strap and the air button is. Usually just 4 or 6 small screws to release it and bass buttons not touched.
by george garside
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: 4 bass rows sunk after transit
Replies: 23
Views: 309

Re: 4 bass rows sunk after transit

on the basis that prevention is better than cure I always 'lock' the base when sending a box by courier and include instructions to the buyer as to how to unlock . Its very easy to do, just remove the bass end plate ( where the bass strap is) and insert strips of cardboard under the bass mechanism u...
by george garside
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: Pumping
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: Pumping

the concertina is a wonderful instrument to be played as itself! You can play any tunes on it that accordions play as far as the treble side is concerned but of course it will not sound anything like the same without the bass. Also most large accordions have anything up to five sets of treble reeds ...
by george garside
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Tone perception
Replies: 41
Views: 956

Re: Tone perception

Waldo, To quote a Scottish professor of music:- "A copy is worthless, but an original is priceless." He still urges students not to try and copy other players or sounds, but to develop individuality and a style that will set them apart from others. T To me that is very sound advice and similar to w...
by george garside
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Cossotto
Replies: 10
Views: 373

Re: Cossotto

Some players get the best of both worlds (wet and dry so to speak) simply by having two boxes. Horses for courses etc

george
by george garside
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: accordion tuning
Replies: 4
Views: 177

Re: accordion tuning

You could try Paul Flannery in Cleckheaton, near Huddersfield. He is a professional tuner and used to do all the work for 'the music room, before they closed down. google paul flannery music

george
by george garside
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Cossotto
Replies: 10
Views: 373

Re: Cossotto

I am not an expert at tuning but to make a worthwhile increase in the so called wet department I would think a retune is required as two sets of reeds will have to be retuned to , one to minus 'x' and t'other to plus 'X'. leaving one M set and the low set at concert pitch. My be cheaper to buy a dif...
by george garside
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: When it just has to be accordion
Replies: 39
Views: 872

Re: When it just has to be accordion

I agree with the proviso that they are played well. Whilst we all have to start somewhere there is nothing worse than a crap accordion player who thinks he/she sounds good and complete with turgid bass drones on for ever !

george ;)
by george garside
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: When it just has to be accordion
Replies: 39
Views: 872

Re: When it just has to be accordion

there are few , if any, Scottish dance bands that don't feature at least one accordion and many have the box as lead instrument often with a second box playing rhythm on both ends

george
by george garside
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Pieces not written for piano accordion
Replies: 37
Views: 831

Re: Pieces not written for piano accordion

I often play 'singy' tunes for ceilidhs as this adds to the enjoyment not only of those dancing but also of those 'sitting out.' For waltzes I nearly always use tunes with words. Same in my north west morris playing days. So doing added to the felling of participation by the 'audience' ( and also ke...
by george garside
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Pieces not written for piano accordion
Replies: 37
Views: 831

Re: Pieces not written for piano accordion

Stephen - if you have to play for 'Scottish dance' again you don't need 'Scottish' tunes but you do need the right speed and rhythm. Most 4/4 tunes can be played as reels eg Lonne Donegans putting on the style, happy wanderer, oh Susannah etc etc, 6/8 (jigs) eg Blaydon races, rosin the beau,etc etc....