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by george garside
Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Progress of self-learning CBA after a month
Replies: 10
Views: 518

Re: Progress of self-learning CBA after a month

Slow down ! think rhythm, dynamics and phrasing, Otherwise all you get is the right notes in the right order playedat a hell of a lick!


But well done for getting the fingering sorted in a short time


george ;)
by george garside
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: CBA method for begginers
Replies: 10
Views: 489

Re: CBA method for begginers

indeed there is no single 'best' fingering method and the choice of which finger to use for which button can also vary from tune to tune depending on the note before and the note after and/or where right hand chords are being added. as to using the 5th row as far as I am aware its main ( but not exc...
by george garside
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: CBA method for begginers
Replies: 10
Views: 489

Re: CBA method for begginers

Presumably you are intending to follow a formal (exams and grades etc) course of learning. If however you are not I would recommend a lot of scale practice using a keyboard chart ( plenty on internet) only one scale needed on a 5 row and 3 on a 3 row. Once you can nip up and down scales without thin...
by george garside
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Learning too much at the same time
Replies: 9
Views: 426

Re: Learning too much at the same time

I totally agree with Stephen about not subjecting yourself to unnecessary pressure for the simple reason that it will be counter productive. To me, there seems to be a lot of confusion around as to how to learn to play the box, or for that matter any other instrument. When I am teaching I concentrat...
by george garside
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: The 'C' vs the 'B' Giff system Chromatic
Replies: 17
Views: 766

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

some CBA's with all white buttons have a thin black line on the upper edge of the button visible only to the player, the audience only seeing white buttons. However I and many others consider ti to be bad practice to peer down at the buttons - you can't see the bass buttons so why do you need to be ...
by george garside
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Parrot bought Bugari?
Replies: 20
Views: 1014

Re: Parrot bought Bugari?

Oh Bugar !
by george garside
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Never too old to learn?
Replies: 45
Views: 1685

Re: Never too old to learn?

melodeon.net is worth looking/joining as it exclusive to diatonics irrespective of tuning(keys). Also very friendly and has lots of technical info including keyboard charts for all popular tunings

george
by george garside
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Never too old to learn?
Replies: 45
Views: 1685

Re: Never too old to learn?

The stradella bass 3 row diatonics (British Chromatics) as played by Sir Jimmy Shand range from the very light and useful Hohner trichord ( in 2 or 3 voice form mm or mmm) to 120 bass. Shand Morinos are either 105 or 117 bass!!. The one off hohner Gola was 120 bass. The I play a 96 bass hohner gaeli...
by george garside
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: I Did That!
Topic: A Scottish Slant 9
Replies: 20
Views: 800

Re: A Scottish Slant 9

to me a schottische is similar to a hornpipe - but only just . Both are played at around 138.


george
by george garside
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Never too old to learn?
Replies: 45
Views: 1685

Re: Never too old to learn?

Stephen, when I used to play occasionaly for 'old folks' ( like what I am now!!) The tune that always went down well and got them singing was lilly Marlene.followed by pack up your troubles and tiparary.. Wooden heart also went down well .Others that worked fine were NOrthern LIghts of old Aberdeen,...
by george garside
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Never too old to learn?
Replies: 45
Views: 1685

Re: Never too old to learn?

could well be time to fly your own kite! There are plenty of (older)box players with arthritic or otherwise dodgy fingers who play well. Unless you are in the exams and grades lark it is fine to develop a way of fingering that suits the ability of your digits- jsut try experimenting ! Avoid trying t...
by george garside
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Never too old to learn?
Replies: 45
Views: 1685

Re: Never too old to learn?

In the folk/trad world most play 'by ear' or perhaps just use the dots to provide a bare bones outline of a tune. As to playing a tune correctly 'as written' whose version of the dots is ''correct'' ( unless written by whoever thought up < sorry composed., the tune in the first place. Most are some ...
by george garside
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: The 'C' vs the 'B' Giff system Chromatic
Replies: 17
Views: 766

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

If starting from scratch on a CBA I don't think it matters greatly which system is chosen. However once a system is learned it would not be easy to change to the other one ' I can play a C system but my brief attempts to get a tune out of a B system have been disasterous
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by george garside
Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Never too old to learn?
Replies: 45
Views: 1685

Re: Never too old to learn?

When teaching ( folk/ trad /'jolly tunes not exams and grades stuff) I offer a free of charge initial assessment of anything up to an hour. This enables both the would be student and myself to weigh each other up and decide whether or not we can work together to draw up an achievable set of goals ( ...
by george garside
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Slow learner?
Replies: 14
Views: 751

Re: Slow learner?

my 'problem' is not remembering tunes, I have a head full of them, but remembering their names! I often feel a tune coming down my arm and play it without any conscious thought ( same a humming or whistling) . The problem comes when somebody wants to know the name of the tune when to me its just 'th...
by george garside
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Slow learner?
Replies: 14
Views: 751

Re: Slow learner?

Spot on Jazz. You are right that it can't be learned fast and particularly with you comments about scales, keys ,rhythms etc. It has many similarities with a baby learning to speak - listening - imitaiting - doing a lot of it etc etc. So the more you practice the common singalong scales and soak up ...
by george garside
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Teaching & Learning
Topic: Slow learner?
Replies: 14
Views: 751

Re: Slow learner?

developing the ability to play 'sing along' stuff can be helped enormously by learning to play 'by ear - from memory'. tunes learned by ear tend to be stored in the head ready for retrieval at any time whereas tunes lplayed from the dots tend not to be unless very frequently played. Its almost as if...
by george garside
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Folk Music of the British Isles
Topic: Scottish accordion tuning
Replies: 17
Views: 1056

Re: Scottish accordion tuning

the british chromatic ( BCC#) accordion is , as its name suggests, chromatic and more to the point is easily chromatic and as already mentioned usually comes with stradella bass. Learning justt 5 scales enables the playing of 12 keys ( not quite as good as 3 scales on a 3 row continental but not far...
by george garside
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Folk Music of the British Isles
Topic: Scottish accordion tuning
Replies: 17
Views: 1056

Re: Scottish accordion tuning

the british chromatic ( BCC#) accordion is , as its name suggests, chromatic and more to the point is easily chromatic and as already mentioned usually comes with stradella bass. Learning justt 5 scales enables the playing of 12 keys ( not quite as good as 3 scales on a 3 row continental but not far...
by george garside
Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Folk Music of the British Isles
Topic: Scottish accordion tuning
Replies: 17
Views: 1056

Re: Scottish accordion tuning

Hohner made a BCC# Gola on spec for Jimmy Shand i.e he didn't order one. He was, I understand , less than keen on it even though it had full Scottish Musette tuning. He much preferred the ease of handling and responsiveness of the Shand MOrino. This one off Gola is still in existance .

george