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by donn
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Do new accordions improve with playing?
Replies: 43
Views: 1194

Re: Do new accordions improve with playing?

Right, there are sure people who think they can hear the difference from ... you name it. I play tuba. I've seen testimonials from tuba players who think they can tell the difference when their tuba mouthpiece is rotated in the receiver; when the tuba has a different finish (lacquer, silver, etc.); ...
by donn
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Do new accordions improve with playing?
Replies: 43
Views: 1194

Re: Do new accordions improve with playing?

Guitar makers can make sense - and nonsense. I've seen a video online, where someone at Fender I think it was, goes over the virtues of different hardwoods - for solid slab bodies of an electric guitar. He smacks a slab of this wood and that with a mallet or something, and offers some remarks about ...
by donn
Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Do new accordions improve with playing?
Replies: 43
Views: 1194

Re: Do new accordions improve with playing?

What definitely changes in the first weeks/months of a brand new accordion coming straight from the factory is that the wax continues to harden a little and this does change the sound as more of the vibration is transferred from reed to block. I doubt the blocks themselves "mature" but the sound tr...
by donn
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Do new accordions improve with playing?
Replies: 43
Views: 1194

Re: Do new accordions improve with playing?

I was about to take my accordion apart to see what I could see about that, but first I gave the reeds one last listen just to verify that they sound different - and I guess they don't so much. The L reed note comes out farther away from me, is the main difference.
by donn
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Do new accordions improve with playing?
Replies: 43
Views: 1194

Re: Do new accordions improve with playing?

And on an accordion where the L and M reeds are placed on the same reed block (but one octave apart) the same note (i.e. a note played one octave higher on L than the note on M) sounds differently on the L reed than it does on the M reed. What is different is the size and shape of the resonance cha...
by donn
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Do new accordions improve with playing?
Replies: 43
Views: 1194

Re: Do new accordions improve with playing?

Piano isn't a good analogy, because it operates on very different acoustical principles. A piano string can't produce much sound at all, on its own. If you took one of those strings and stretched it out to the appropriate tension between a couple of spikes in the sidewalk, you could hammer on it how...
by donn
Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Buying first accordion... to ebay or not to ebay
Replies: 18
Views: 683

Re: Buying first accordion... to ebay or not to ebay

Dingo40's right, accordion weight is mostly a function of the treble reeds, so if you want light, make do with two couplers. The bass buttons are all hooked up to the same few reeds - a 120 bass has no more reeds than a 72, just more buttons and the little rods to connect the buttons to the same ree...
by donn
Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Buying first accordion... to ebay or not to ebay
Replies: 18
Views: 683

Re: Buying first accordion... to ebay or not to ebay

There's such a thing as taking a risk, and don't let these guys kid you, we don't ever buy an accordion risk free. Even if you can try it out for weeks, in a year you may well be dissatisfied and sorry you're saddled with it. Online auctions are about elevated risk, for elevated gain. The fact that ...
by donn
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: A different style of French jazz accordion
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: A different style of French jazz accordion

Here is a track from an album of similar material, and I actually prefer this style to the manouche type jazz. There is some guitar work on it which gives it a slight gypsy feel, but I've never been able to work why it never had a very strong following. It's pleasant. Would be a good choice for sop...
by donn
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Arguments for monocolour buttons in CBAs
Replies: 9
Views: 373

Re: Arguments for monocolour buttons in CBAs

On a PA you can feel where you are because of the black keys that stick out. We need something equivalent and the C and F markings (or A, C#, G# on Hohner) is all we need, but it is what we need. That's interesting - I have suspected that the piano keyboard is really easier for this reason, as irra...
by donn
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: The 'C' vs the 'B' Giff system Chromatic
Replies: 17
Views: 767

Re: The 'C' vs the 'B' Giff system Chromatic

My Cavagnolo already has them - E, Ab etc. Not that it's any help to know that.
by donn
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: The 'C' vs the 'B' Giff system Chromatic
Replies: 17
Views: 767

Re: The 'C' vs the 'B' Giff system Chromatic

I am not sure how much value to place on my freedom here - it seems to me that my left hand is not uncomfortable playing in various keys, when it encounters the markings on C etc. in differing functional roles. When I was trying to learn to read music on accordion, in order to play something on stag...
by donn
Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: French Basses.
Replies: 13
Views: 875

Re: French Basses.

Well, of course ... there is the obvious convenience for the kind of idiomatic accordion bass line, where you might use "counter" and "alternate" bass notes - the other notes in the chord triad besides the root. That is, the counter bass is the 3rd of the triad, and you will find that on the 3rd row...
by donn
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: French Basses.
Replies: 13
Views: 875

Re: French Basses.

Yes, I think the Stradella system is probably easier to pick up with only 3 chord rows. It isn't like you lose your diminished chord - really that's the third chord row, only transposed one column to also serve as dominant 7. The third bass row has a convenient but not really essential role, and if ...
by donn
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: French Basses.
Replies: 13
Views: 875

Re: French Basses.

Yeah, he's even good enough to outweigh his performance mannerisms! They seem to manage, doing their Portuguese thing, which I guess may speak well for their culture - I mean, I don't know that virtuoso accordion pays good money, but there must be some reward in it. As far as what they do for repert...
by donn
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: French Basses.
Replies: 13
Views: 875

Re: Portuguese Basses.

I think for 3/3 bass stunts, young Andreia Cabrita has him beat in this performance of Rosinha dos Limões, a classic light fado about a girl who sells lemons in the market.
by donn
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: I don’t like those ( chord progressions )
Replies: 1
Views: 351

Re: I don’t like those ( chord progressions )

wirralaccordion wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:08 pm
Reine de Musette by Peyronnin – last section before final repeat ( Em, G#m, D, Bm,E7, A7, D )
Does it improve if the second chord is G#dim, instead of G#m? Not that I have ever tried to play the tune, I just find that in the available arrangements.
by donn
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Shepard tone illusion
Replies: 11
Views: 656

Re: Shepard tone illusion

Do any of you notice how the registers you select in the bass effect how you perceive the smoothness across octaves? Well, sure. The combined register manages to avoid perceptible octave jumps, but the other two don't. So if I choose the single bass register, choice of key matters a good deal. Chro...
by donn
Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: I don't like that
Replies: 54
Views: 2452

Re: I don't like that

I'm not in a hurry to listen to accordion renditions of Sousa's marches, though I'm a lifelong fan of the music in its natural form and have for many years played tuba in a band dedicated to that music. (Though yesterday's program was a special repertoire, practically all Italian marches - great stu...
by donn
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Diminished row? 80 vs 72
Replies: 10
Views: 634

Re: Diminished row? 80 vs 72

Granted, a 7th chord row that's voiced 3-5-b7 can function as a diminished row. But as I've mentioned before, a "true" diminished chord row can usually act as a "minor 6 chord" row too. That 3-5-b7 is exactly what your "true" diminished chord row has on it - just off one column. We only call it a 7...