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by Anyanka
Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Best instrument to play folk music?
Replies: 12
Views: 231

Re: Best instrument to play folk music?

The Pigini Preludio is an excellent folk accordion, in my opinion (Tweed played one for years, as mentioned elsewhere) as it's lightweight enough but with a big, warm sound. I think £1450 is good price; there's another one on ebay for £1600... As for retuning the Jonelli - I completely agree with Ma...
by Anyanka
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Strapping your piano accordion onto yourself
Replies: 12
Views: 149

Re: Strapping your piano accordion onto yourself

I usually play the Pidge seated to prevent backache, but even so, I always use a scarf as a backstrap (the Karen Tweed method!) as it stops the box moving around. The simple ready-made backstrap doesn't work well for me on the big box for some reason. The scarf is quite an elegant solution, definite...
by Anyanka
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: The Best & The Worst. (in your opinion)
Replies: 24
Views: 315

Re: The Best & The Worst. (in your opinion)

I'm not sure that there is an accordion I'd prefer over my Pidge.... more sound would also mean more weight. Maybe the Pigini Professional C226 - it has more voices and more notes at only another 2 kg, and if it's called Professional it'll make me play brilliantly, right? If I saw a Pigini in a car...
by Anyanka
Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: The Best & The Worst. (in your opinion)
Replies: 24
Views: 315

Re: The Best & The Worst. (in your opinion)

I'm not sure that there is an accordion I'd prefer over my Pidge.... more sound would also mean more weight. Maybe the Pigini Professional C226 - it has more voices and more notes at only another 2 kg, and if it's called Professional it'll make me play brilliantly, right? If I saw a Pigini in a car ...
by Anyanka
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Best instrument to play folk music?
Replies: 12
Views: 231

Re: Best instrument to play folk music?

I find my Fantini 30/72 is perfect for "folk" music, it does everything I need it to do, it isn't too heavy and it i isn't too big. Brandoni, Vignoni, Paulo Soprani, Pigini and Weltmeister make instruments in this size range as well. I wouldn't be surprised if one of the Chinese manufacturers made ...
by Anyanka
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Best instrument to play folk music?
Replies: 12
Views: 231

Re: Best instrument to play folk music?

"Best" is entirely a personal perspective. At the weekend I saw Becky Price and Nigel Eaton play an 80 minute set at a French "folk" dance in Kent. Becky Price plays a 120 bass Hohner Becky's Hohner is an ancient Studio II, which is no longer available - she won't have anything else ;) Becky is les...
by Anyanka
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: Best instrument to play folk music?
Replies: 12
Views: 231

Re: Best instrument to play folk music?

:) When I started coveting a quality accordion, I went for Pigini because my two accordion heroes played those at the time: Martin Green of LAU (still does), and Karen Tweed (doesn't). Karen Tweed usually plays Italian 72-bass accordions, although I have seen her with something smaller than that. Th...
by Anyanka
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: I Like That!
Topic: Guarania accordion from Paraguay
Replies: 24
Views: 462

Re: Guarania accordion from Paraguay

Okay, let's try this again.... I 've removed two posts and edited another for off topic rambles. Please please remember that if you write something with tongue in cheek, it often arrives as a punch in the face, however innocent your intentions. If you don't like something on here, either move on and...
by Anyanka
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: The chromatic accordion C griff
Replies: 15
Views: 358

Re: The chromatic accordion C griff

There's a useful guide to common chord shapes on this website - I printed it out and kept it on my music stand for a while. However, it doesn't include inversions, which you will want to use in chord progressions....

http://www.thecipher.com/cba_c_system_t ... enths.html
by Anyanka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Name your favourite beer
Replies: 34
Views: 478

Re: Name your favourite beer

maugein96 wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:10 am
When I lived in Somerset I got a tast for cider, so beer is usually now my second choice. Problem is cider goes down far too easily compared to beer.
I also find that cider goes THROUGH far too quickly.... can't even finish a pint before feeling the need to dispose of it.
by Anyanka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Name your favourite beer
Replies: 34
Views: 478

Re: Name your favourite beer

Wheat beer! I'd forgotten about that. The perfect summer beer - Hefeweizen. :ch
by Anyanka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Name your favourite beer
Replies: 34
Views: 478

Re: Name your favourite beer

I play for a Morris side; we spend the summer dancing outside pubs and sampling the local beers, so I have exposure to more variety than I can recall. Also, I think it is unkind to have favourites. I've not met many real ales that I did not like; they are all my children. However, Doombar and Old Sp...
by Anyanka
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: French interpretation please
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: French interpretation please

Your link takes me to a picture of a new 31-button box design which can be integrated with all the 'Snooopi' boxes. There is a drop-down menu with 10 different models on it, all tiny! They are meant for children. Quick summary translation of those: The Mouse is designed for use by music schools; the...
by Anyanka
Thu May 31, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: songs in chord progressions
Replies: 14
Views: 307

Re: songs in chord progressions

I'd just like to point out that the Beatles used a lot more chords, and more complicated chords, than most other bands....
there are books of mixed songs that will be easier than that. Try the Buskers Songbook.
by Anyanka
Thu May 31, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Learnin' the Dots
Replies: 19
Views: 484

Re: Learnin' the Dots

Anzaghi, is "On, as in blonde," "zag" rhymes with "bog," "hi" rhymes with "bee." I love this approach to phonetics, because it gives you a totally different result for American vs UK English (and I'm sure Australian, South African etc puts a different slant on it again). Read by an English English-...
by Anyanka
Tue May 29, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: A good time and doing something new!
Replies: 13
Views: 436

Re: A good time and doing something new!

We visited St Chartier briefly years ago and decided for many reasons it wasn't for us. I like music and dance but not enough to live 500mm away from strangers in a tent for a very hot long weekend. I like a bit of privacy. Oh, and the toilets, I'm not fussy, but..... I agree - this festival has no...
by Anyanka
Wed May 23, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: A good time and doing something new!
Replies: 13
Views: 436

Re: A good time and doing something new!

I find it easiest to build the holiday around the event - our main summer hols take us to Sidmouth during Folk Week. Accommodation is expensive and hard to find... but it's worth it.
by Anyanka
Tue May 22, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: A good time and doing something new!
Replies: 13
Views: 436

Re: A good time and doing something new!

Did you plan to go to this folk event, but where do you look up such things? I want this to happen on my holidays too You could try a folky weekend break in Germany in November - http://www.spielkurs-pipenbock.de/ There's nothing accordion-specific, but Jo White is running an ensemble worshop, and ...
by Anyanka
Tue May 22, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: A good time and doing something new!
Replies: 13
Views: 436

Re: A good time and doing something new!

Bernard the Baker? Is that the author of THE bagpipe tutor book?
by Anyanka
Mon May 21, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.
Replies: 31
Views: 932

Re: Plumbing The Depths .... Eurovision.

I just caught up with 'Gogglebox' last night, which featured the Israeli entry to the Eurovision contest - that was exactly what one hopes for: meaningless lyrics in slightly garbled English, a bizarre set-up and a somewhat crazy looking singer.

Apparently it won! The mind boggles.