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by george garside
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: how does muscle memory work
Replies: 24
Views: 430

Re: how does muscle memory work

at risk of repeating myself its down to scales exercises until there is absolutely no conscious thought needed to operate the fingers on the right notes to play either whats written on a bit of paper or stored in the brain. To the best of my knowledge there is absolutely no other way . Also many oth...
by george garside
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: what is the biggest bass jump?
Replies: 26
Views: 467

Re: what is the biggest bass jump?

i don't think in terms of names of notes or do re mi when playing as there is or should be no time so to do! the concious ''mental image'' , if any, is of the sound of the melody . The bass is something on the lines of a progressive development thereof. i.e. start with a fairly simple bass accompani...
by george garside
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: what is the biggest bass jump?
Replies: 26
Views: 467

Re: what is the biggest bass jump?

A good earist is not simply playing from memory and a good dotist is not simply playing from the dots! Lesser ones of either genre might be fom memory or from the dots but the good ones use a sort of feedback loop that effectively adds ''listening to what you are playing'' to the equasion. This crea...
by george garside
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: how does muscle memory work
Replies: 24
Views: 430

Re: how does muscle memory work

to get memory, autopilot or whatever you want to call it functioning well it pays to stick to a small number of tunes in the early days , say up to a year! The common habit of ''tune hopping'' or I know x number of tunes and can play the right notes in the right order is a road to nowhere. Stick to ...
by george garside
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: what is the biggest bass jump?
Replies: 26
Views: 467

Re: what is the biggest bass jump?

a good by ear player will know exactly whats there and will have no problem accommodating the requirements of a particular singer and by geronimos definition ''more knowledge is needed for diverging from sheet music than adhering to sheet music'' the good by ear player will , by definition,have a he...
by george garside
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: what is the biggest bass jump?
Replies: 26
Views: 467

Re: what is the biggest bass jump?

the above interesting but ever more complicated posts are no doubt correct and of practical use and importance to the 'classical' player. However I would hope that the many by ear or 'read the dots a bit' players on here don't think that such knowledge is essential to play folk/trad/jolly tunes stuf...
by george garside
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: singing
Replies: 13
Views: 265

Re: singing

some can sing and even chat whilst playing a box, others can't!.. If I even attempt to speak whislt playing everything goes pear shaped and has done for the past 60 years despite efforts to rectify the situation. On the other hand a mate of mine can lead a dance band whilst chatting about where he's...
by george garside
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How did you learn the bass keyboard
Replies: 46
Views: 1234

Re: How did you learn the bass keyboard

agreed build up to it gradually but in actual length the distance between Bb and E is only around three and a half inches. and if playing chords only within the span of 3 or 4 fingers without moving the hand.

george
by george garside
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Your Top technique tips for improving playing...
Replies: 38
Views: 2598

Re: Your Top technique tips for improving playing...

playing a few tunes/pieces without the dots is a useful skill for readers and of course everyday stuff for by ear players who are indeed playing without music . Either way its a question of remembering the tune and the easiest way to do this is to hum or whistle it frequently!. Then, provided you ar...
by george garside
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Your Top technique tips for improving playing...
Replies: 38
Views: 2598

Re: Your Top technique tips for improving playing...

some, like Geronimo may find it distracting so its not for them. Others can find it helpful as seeing what is going on with fingers in relation to keyboard is fed into the processor ( brain) which in due course enables 'autopilot' to send correct message down the arm to the fingers . A piano player ...
by george garside
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Your Top technique tips for improving playing...
Replies: 38
Views: 2598

Re: Your Top technique tips for improving playing...

looking at the keybord is definitely not necessary and is probably done more on a piano box because it is easy to see the relativity of position or to put it another way to use the black keys as a sort of navigational aid eg C is the white one before two black ones! etc etc. It is often done in the ...
by george garside
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: is this book any good?
Replies: 16
Views: 373

Re: is this book any good?

''accordion'' having read your posts and of course the responses to them I would 'diagnose' that you have become fixated on the bass in general and jumps in particular, probably to the detriment of your overall playing. progress. In this situation the more you try to practice 'jumps' the less you wi...
by george garside
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How did you learn the bass keyboard
Replies: 46
Views: 1234

Re: How did you learn the bass keyboard

for beginners its worth noting that the reason for all those buttons, be it 48, 72,96 or 120 is to enable you to play bass accompaniment in different musical keys. You do not use all the buttons for any given key, rather you start in a defferent place and do the same. So if for example you learn to ...
by george garside
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Your Top technique tips for improving playing...
Replies: 38
Views: 2598

Re: Your Top technique tips for improving playing...

one that I don't think has been mentioned so far------ keep a box handy just covered with a bllanket or towel rather than in its case eg in lounge, hall , dining room or wherever so that you can swiftly put it on whilst waiting for the kettle to boil! I have done this for years and its a good job el...
by george garside
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Tunes & How to Play Them
Topic: Slow music on stradella
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: Slow music on stradella

agreed! so ,for what its worth, here are a few rough ideas that may be worth using as a basis for experimentation avoid using bass and chord although alternating between the two ( held down over several right hand notes) can be effective.bits But don't play bass throughout - leave gaps with no bass,...
by george garside
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Tunes & How to Play Them
Topic: Slow music on stradella
Replies: 27
Views: 743

Re: Slow music on stradella

no clever advice from me either . its all down to listening , experimenting and practicing ad infinitum! then doing some more listening etc etc

george
by george garside
Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: How did you learn the bass keyboard
Replies: 46
Views: 1234

Re: How did you learn the bass keyboard

it all depends on how you are learning and why you are learning the box. If you are taking a serious course of classicaly based study with or without a teacher and with or without exams and grades you will only progress along your chosen path by doing exactly what the book and or teacher recomme how...
by george garside
Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Accordion New Year Resolutions
Replies: 11
Views: 339

Re: Accordion New Year Resolutions

to get rid of at least one or two boxes ( but which????) and use the proceeds to have a couple of very nice pre war 2 and 3 row boxes professionally retuned, valved etc.

george
by george garside
Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re: Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

and to you Roy. there are lots of Christmas greetngs in ''the pub'' section of the forum

george
by george garside
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: Reeds not sounding
Replies: 7
Views: 261

Re: Reeds not sounding

in the days before we had central heating I always kept my box in the lounge as that was the warmest room in the house. george