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by george garside
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: How do I ....... ?
Topic: 4 bass rows sunk after transit
Replies: 23
Views: 488

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: 488

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: 248

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: 43
Views: 1462

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: 494

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: 291

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: 494

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: 1167

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: 1167

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: 1119

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: 1119

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....
by george garside
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: how do I make sure my muscle memory doesnt go to waist
Replies: 21
Views: 618

Re: how do I make sure my muscle memory doesnt go to waist

Muscle memory as such does not exist for the simple reason that muscles don't have a memory! It is in fact the autonomic ( autopilot) part of the brain that does the remembering , sending the appropriate instructions down the arm , through the hand and ultimately to the fingers . The autonomic secti...
by george garside
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Pieces not written for piano accordion
Replies: 37
Views: 1119

Re: Pieces not written for piano accordion

I thought that those roland electric boxes enabled everything to be played in ,say, C and that the electronics could be prodded to make it come out in any desired key. Perhaps they really only need about 8 diagonal rows of bass which could be prodded to make them play in whatever treble key was chos...
by george garside
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Pieces not written for piano accordion
Replies: 37
Views: 1119

Re: Pieces not written for piano accordion

Perhaps some of those who rely more or less entirely on accordion specific notation feel uncomfortable working from eg a plain melody line (?fiddle, flute, etc etc). Perhaps instead of depending entirely on what somebody else has thought up having a go at adding suitable bass on the hoof would not o...
by george garside
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: left hand bass information
Replies: 13
Views: 461

Re: left hand bass information

one of the main problems that newcomers to the accordion have is not having the left arm sufficiently through the bass strap. I recommend having the bass strap roughly where a watch strap would be if you were wearing one. ( put watch on right arm when playing!) with the arm in this position quite a ...
by george garside
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Pieces not written for piano accordion
Replies: 37
Views: 1119

Re: Pieces not written for piano accordion

As a mainly 'by ear' player it doesn't occur to me to think or worry about whether a tune was originally written specifically for a piano accordion or indeed any other particular instrument.
If I don't tell my box that it is playing eg a fiddle tune it doesn't worry either!

george ;) {}
by george garside
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: what is your favourite accordion
Replies: 16
Views: 625

Re: what is your favourite accordion

and I would say a Shand Morino!!

George ;)
by george garside
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Backing tracks - hindrance or help?
Replies: 31
Views: 847

Re: Backing tracks - hindrance or help?

I particularly enjoy playing in folk/trad acoustic sessions where what is played comes out warts an all with no electronic add ons or amplification. Nobody expects perfection but sometimes it comes near to it, but everybody is listened to with respect whatever their stage in the lifelong leaning cur...
by george garside
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 404

Re: Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2018

I have posted more info on my 'DG melodeon' workshops at Shrewsbury on the melodeon.net forum ( linked to this forum).

Also full festival programme of events and artists etc now available on Shrewsbury Folk Festival website

george