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by donn
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: I don’t like those ( chord progressions )
Replies: 1
Views: 235

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: 404

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: 1538

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: 499

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...
by donn
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Diminished row? 80 vs 72
Replies: 10
Views: 499

Re: Diminished row? 80 vs 72

When you get a properly made 80 bass accordion the 7th will double up as a diminished. Most accordions only give you 3-note chords so while C7 is C-E-G-Bb they will give you either C-E-Bb (fifth missing, which is good if you have a diminished row) or E-G-Bb (base note missing, which is good is you ...
by donn
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Useful practice alternative?
Replies: 20
Views: 931

Re: Useful practice alternative?

Hah. I took in a demo video, for the Joseph Carrel version. Albeniz or some very well known thing. Just like accordion - only the lowest 3/5 of the keyboard is any use, past that it goes too high. I wonder if a century or two ago, when the standards for this evolved, people liked to listen to tones ...
by donn
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: New Vs Old
Replies: 28
Views: 2387

Re: New Vs Old

I would expect None, and same with wax vs. nails. I'm sure no authority, but you can find an authoritative opinion on either side. For me, the mechanics of tone production, in an accordion, are all about the reed itself (meaning that whole mechanism, including the aperture that the reed vibrates ove...
by donn
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: NEW vs. USED
Replies: 50
Views: 1667

Re: NEW vs. USED

Good advise all around. I would never buy an instrument without trying it, so will get busy on my road trips. I trust Kimric, and get to Seattle a bit, too, so will visit Petosa. Address change for Petosa, if you've been there before - 19503 56th Ave W Ste B, Lynnwood, about 14 miles north of where...
by donn
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Bugari or Piermaria
Replies: 22
Views: 821

Re: Bugari or Piermaria

I’ll post some pictures later if there’s a simple way to post in this forum. (Any more information on my accordion or how to SIMPLY post a picture appreciated.) It plays beautifully and sounds great. I can guarantee that a few of us will be interested to see. Here's my idea of how to post a picture...
by donn
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Diminished chord substitute
Replies: 51
Views: 4280

Re: Diminished chord substitute

My 6 row Morino IV M has the typical fifth-less 7 chord. As far as Hohner is concerned, when they made 5 rows they made them specifically so that those 7 chords would be dual purpose. Here is a diagram from a 1937 catalogue: https://accordionists.co.uk/download/file.php?id=3641&mode=view And with 1...
by donn
Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Diminished chord substitute
Replies: 51
Views: 4280

Re: Diminished chord substitute

Well, two reactions to that. First, I'm trying to say: the French market or the Belgians is exactly what I'm NOT talking about. Great people, and my kind of accordions, too, but just for the sake of knowledge, I'm thinking we ought to learn what's in ordinary accordions. The kind the Chinese copy, i...
by donn
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Diminished chord substitute
Replies: 51
Views: 4280

Re: Diminished chord substitute

I use it all the time as my accordions do not have the dim row and have the extra bass row instead. It's fun to come back to these discussions every five years, and see what's new. When we left it last time, I think it was clear that C bass + F7 chord works for accordions like Glenn's - which many ...
by donn
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Heavy Accordion
Replies: 26
Views: 999

Re: Heavy Accordion

Though I suppose it would be even more important to develop good habits for setting down and picking up - flexing knees, using abdominal muscles, etc., don't ask me. I suppose he closes and buttons it before setting it down (I forget what those retaining straps are called - my accordion shouldn't ha...
by donn
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Fear. Anxiety. Trembling. Playing in Public
Replies: 13
Views: 515

Re: Fear. Anxiety. Trembling. Playing in Public

I'm guessing it depends on various factors. Some of them not apparent until you get there, some of them not apparent to you but to others. I only do amateur level gigs, so my standards of professionalism are pretty relaxed.
by donn
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Fear. Anxiety. Trembling. Playing in Public
Replies: 13
Views: 515

Re: Fear. Anxiety. Trembling. Playing in Public

If anyone's interested in pursuing the origin of "Bullet-Proof Musician" Kageyama's ideas about finding inner serenity, an introductory Ki Society course in Aikido will probably give you a clue where he's coming from. (There are a couple branches of aikido instruction, Ki Society focuses more formal...
by donn
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Double Basson .
Replies: 17
Views: 610

Re: Double Basson .

I'm guessing this won't be found in the latest versions from the factory, but my old French style accordion has a sort of emulated double bass, where the same reeds serve an octave-lower register. (Except for the very lowest octave, where that pseudo-register is simply the same as the normal L.) Use...
by donn
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Piermaria or Pierre Mario?
Replies: 11
Views: 332

Re: Piermaria or Pierre Mario?

I've peered at some photos of Jamie Smith, and have managed to decipher the lettering - it's Pietro Mario - designed for Irish music. If it's good enough for Jamie, it'll be good enough, I expect, but I don't know anything about the brand. http://www.pietromario.ie/pietro_mario.html I've been there...
by donn
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: When it just has to be accordion
Replies: 39
Views: 1340

Re: When it just has to be accordion

Actually there's a clue in the title - "ΠΟΝΤΙΑΚΑ", or we would probably say "Pontic". The Pontic Greeks are a far-flung branch from Anatolia, also subject to rough times under the Turks. The music isn't necessarily representative of other Greek peoples, of course, since they were separate culturally...
by donn
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: When it just has to be accordion
Replies: 39
Views: 1340

Re: When it just has to be accordion

For some reason it doesn't trouble me a bit with Serbia, Romania etc., but maybe because Greece is the cradle of western civilization, or because they fought so hard and paid such a price under the Turks, but I just don't care to hear Greeks play Turkish music. As an alternative, here's some very so...
by donn
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: When it just has to be accordion
Replies: 39
Views: 1340

Re: When it just has to be accordion

Other than the Eastern European/Klezmer that I mentioned, I feel that French musette is incomplete without an accordion, as is the Scottish ceilidh band sound (which I don't actually like, but accept it has to be like that). Argentinian Tango must have squeezebox! Bandoneon would be ideal, but acco...