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by george garside
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Oom pa pa fingering
Replies: 15
Views: 426

Re: Oom pa pa fingering

my understanding is that for both right aand left hands on piano and continental box the thumb I normally treated as finger !.

For melodeon and other diatonic systems the thumb is ignored ( as its not used by most players - there are exceptions) so the first finger is number 1!

george
by george garside
Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: chinese stella a good beginner accordion?
Replies: 12
Views: 275

Re: chinese stella a good beginner accordion?

The problem with older Chinese boxes is/was a lack of quality control eg there might be one really decent one in 6!. Some importers opened them up and 'fettled' them, gaining worthwhile improvement. However the quality control on current Chinese boxes seems to have improved somewhat but again if buy...
by george garside
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: chinese stella a good beginner accordion?
Replies: 12
Views: 275

Re: chinese stella a good beginner accordion?

I have often said to those buying a first box that the sound it makes is probably the most important factor ,within of course an individuals price range' Buy that bargain 'superior' box that you don't quite like the sound of but think you can get used to is usually a big mistake as their will be lit...
by george garside
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: learning by doing?
Replies: 18
Views: 437

Re: learning by doing?

I find that playing in front of anyone else gives me enough nerves to affect my performance. I prefer to have a practice performance before the real thing - the practice can be before pretty much anyone. And when playing for a dance - I play with music but I prefer to have everything under my finge...
by george garside
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: I Did That!
Topic: mario bros 2
Replies: 19
Views: 372

Re: mario bros 2

phrasing is simply the musical equivalent of punctuation in the spoken word,. i.e. breaking it up into 'chunks' as in sentences, phrases etc .There are no hard and fast rules as where in a tune to put the breaks, its down to the skills of the individual musician. There is also the need to create gap...
by george garside
Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: I Did That!
Topic: mario bros 2
Replies: 19
Views: 372

Re: mario bros 2

agree totally with 'happy girl'. and would add start or go back to learning to play one or two very simple tunes well. The accordion is a complicated instrument and becoming proficient can take several years of slow and steady progress . Put another way learn to walk before you attempt to run! george
by george garside
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: church
Replies: 13
Views: 272

Re: church

Indeed! there is nothing worse from a singers point of view than not having time to breath in between phrases

george
by george garside
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: church
Replies: 13
Views: 272

Re: church

Two thoughts on the matter 1. keep it simple so that the choir/congregation can follow and sing to it. i.e. avoid over elaborate arty farty stuff 2. if possible have a few practices with the choir earlier in the week and be prepared to accepts and adjust to their criticism, suggestions etc etc, reme...
by george garside
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Oom pa pa fingering
Replies: 15
Views: 426

Re: Oom pa pa fingering

I use any combinations of 2,3 & 4 depending on the particular part of a particular tune and have no hard and fast rules but a useful degree of flexibility

george
by george garside
Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: melodeon
Replies: 5
Views: 177

Re: melodeon

if you are starting on a DG melodeon you may find my tutor book 'DG melodeon a crash course for beginners '' useful.

full info on ebay just put in melodeon tutor book to bring up full details. Always available on ebay as a 'buy now' item.

george
by george garside
Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: The smaller the accordion, the longer the straps
Replies: 8
Views: 303

Re: The smaller the accordion, the longer the straps

I use exactly the same strap setting on all my boxes. i.e. right strap longer than left to bring keyboard more or less under the chin so right arm is not flapping around in the wind. Then both straps aadjusted by same amount to bring the top of the treble end roughly a stretched handswidth below the...
by george garside
Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: semi miniature english concertinas
Replies: 9
Views: 255

Re: semi miniature english concertinas

mini concertinas need a lot more bellows movement than ''normal '' size ones and this can make them harder to handle than normal size ones. Personally I cant see much point in them other than for novelty value as most concertinas are very small in comparison with even a small melodeon. ? how many mi...
by george garside
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: jamming
Replies: 13
Views: 352

Re: jamming

getting the hang of playing 'by ear' which is shorthand for storing a tune in the memory by listening and then playing it from memory is something that most people can learn. Indeed I have taught many good readers to play by ear. There is a very long thread on here somewhere on playing by ear which ...
by george garside
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: folk music
Replies: 20
Views: 449

Re: folk music

many ''folk dance' bands include a piano and this applies particularly to Scottish bands. Sir Jimmy Shands band consisted of himself on the Shand Morino box, Fiddle with only these playing the tune , the other band instruments were second box playing chords on treble and bass, acoustic double bass, ...
by george garside
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: practice slowly
Replies: 12
Views: 566

Re: practice slowly

unless closely following accordion specific written music there are no strong rules about when to reverse bellows direction. Its down to common sense eg don't change in the middle of a long note or mid bar and theres absolutely no harm in simply playing 4 bars out followed by 4 bard in or even 2 out...
by george garside
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: jamming
Replies: 13
Views: 352

Re: jamming

in folk/trad sessions it can also happen that somebody tries to hog things and drones on for ever. That usually signals time to go to the bar or go for a pee . However a major difference between a 'jam session ' and a 'folk/trad session' is that the folk/trad session is always acoustic with no ampli...
by george garside
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: jamming
Replies: 13
Views: 352

Re: jamming

''folk/trad session'' playing can be great fun for all abilities and all uk folk festivals have them, some lead by a prominent player and others 'just happening' on an informal basis. They are usually open to all instruments and can include all types of box, fiddle, bodhran (drum) whistles, brass, m...
by george garside
Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Tunes & How to Play Them
Topic: Its Happened Again
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: Its Happened Again

you can play the right hand from 'concertina ' music as the melody is the melody is the melody. Just busk in the bass working on the principle that if it sounds right it is right ( there are probably several different bass 'arrangements 'anyway !

george
by george garside
Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: jamming
Replies: 13
Views: 352

Re: jamming

much less of a problem to those of us who play mainly by ear as we operate the box in a similar way to a singer operates the gob! In .folk /trad session playing the norm is for a tune to be played through 3 times i.e. 2 x A + 2 x B thrice. Very often those who don't know a particular tune are able t...
by george garside
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: hymn playing
Replies: 5
Views: 223

Re: hymn playing

assuming you know how to play the right hand (melody) of a hymn tune and want to get an 'organish' sound out of the bass its worthwhile experimenting with the bass to get the desired effect. The D chard and F# counterbass mentioned is a good example but can be varied by eg moving smoothly from chord...