Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by lightninboy » Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:48 pm

Dale Mathis has got a lot of Roland polka videos. Are there online lists of settings for Rolands?

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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by Keymn » Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:06 am

lightninboy wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:48 pm
Dale Mathis has got a lot of Roland polka videos. Are there online lists of settings for Rolands?
The Roland Polka videos seem to have the Tuba bass. I do not see it necessary, unless you are going through a good sound system. Many of these polka sounds seem to come from that Slovanian/Cleveland sound back in the 50’s/60’s. Other parts of the world may choose different sound sets. This is only my opinion.
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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by lightninboy » Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:25 am

It's hard to find detailed lists of sounds for digital accordions. I also see their prices starting at $1,500 for used.

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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by Keymn » Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:50 am

lightninboy wrote:
Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:25 am
It's hard to find detailed lists of sounds for digital accordions. I also see their prices starting at $1,500 for used.
The factory manuals usually list the defaults sounds.
Those YouTube video demo soundsets are not done overnight, I am sure.
I would rather invest my time in order to be genuine in sound and style. Bad or good, is only an opinion of others.
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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by lightninboy » Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:49 pm

A Roland is obviously good for your business, but it takes a business to pay for one.

But, hey, buying a chemnitzer can cost $2,000 easy and it's only in one key. It's possibly smarter to buy a used Roland.

I'm pretty sure some people get a chemnitzer sound out of a digital that you wouldn't know the difference if you didn't look.

https://funtimepolkaparty.com/television

But I question that Dale Mathis gets it exactly in his videos.

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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by Keymn » Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:15 pm

lightninboy wrote:
Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:49 pm
A Roland is obviously good for your business, but it takes a business to pay for one.

But, hey, buying a chemnitzer can cost $2,000 easy and it's only in one key. It's possibly smarter to buy a used Roland.

I'm pretty sure some people get a chemnitzer sound out of a digital that you wouldn't know the difference if you didn't look.

https://funtimepolkaparty.com/television

But I question that Dale Mathis gets it exactly in his videos.
Will a certain sounding accordion make or break a gig? I started with a 2 register small accordion from a Pawn Shop. Used it for a year and started getting me gigs. Presentation is the key factor in getting gigs. The fr7 then the fr4x to me was purchased because of low mechanical maintenance and built-in external connection capabilities. It was paid for from the Pawn Shop Accordion Gigs.
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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by lightninboy » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:44 pm

Hmm. Is it possible to fake a concertina on an accoustic accordion?

If there is an accordion custom built for polka performers this is it, the Polka King by Polytone. The instrument features 4/5 sets of hand-made reeds. The configuration is LMMM with a clever tuning that allows for a dry (Cleveland) sound and wet musette (Slovenian) sound on the same instrument.

5 treble switches:
Rich musette sound: Polka Master (LMMM), Musette (MMM)
Dry/concert sound: Full Accordion (LM1M2), Bassoon (L), and Clarinet (M1)
The Full Accordion delivers the punch requested for Cleveland polka style.

http://www.accordiongallery.com/polytone-polka-king

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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by Keymn » Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:11 am

lightninboy wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:44 pm
Hmm. Is it possible to fake a concertina on an accoustic accordion?

If there is an accordion custom built for polka performers this is it, the Polka King by Polytone. The instrument features 4/5 sets of hand-made reeds. The configuration is LMMM with a clever tuning that allows for a dry (Cleveland) sound and wet musette (Slovenian) sound on the same instrument.

5 treble switches:
Rich musette sound: Polka Master (LMMM), Musette (MMM)
Dry/concert sound: Full Accordion (LM1M2), Bassoon (L), and Clarinet (M1)
The Full Accordion delivers the punch requested for Cleveland polka style.

http://www.accordiongallery.com/polytone-polka-king
There is nothing like the the concertina. Greats like Don Gralak - Rocked the concertina! We grew up in the 60s playing Polkas, country and rock with our boxes in Milwaukee. Teenagers in the Smokey bar scene. {} :ch
https://youtu.be/0v7951NnpRc
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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by lightninboy » Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:06 pm

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Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:11 am
There is nothing like the the concertina. Greats like Don Gralak - Rocked the concertina! We grew up in the 60s playing Polkas, country and rock with our boxes in Milwaukee. Teenagers in the Smokey bar scene. {} :ch
https://youtu.be/0v7951NnpRc
So, you were in the hotspot of polka back in its glory days.

Is the Bandoneon switch any use for polka?

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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by Keymn » Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:48 am

lightninboy wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:06 pm
Keymn wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:11 am
There is nothing like the the concertina. Greats like Don Gralak - Rocked the concertina! We grew up in the 60s playing Polkas, country and rock with our boxes in Milwaukee. Teenagers in the Smokey bar scene. {} :ch
https://youtu.be/0v7951NnpRc
So, you were in the hotspot of polka back in its glory days.

Is the Bandoneon switch any use for polka?
Not familiar with Bandoneon, but I think not to use on Polkas. Franky Yankovich is a sound I have not yet heard programmed on V. It has brightness and life to it. This is what I have programmed for my Polka sound.
https://youtu.be/CfpRLMBaPKQ
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Post by JEBrown » Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:35 pm

Keymn wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:20 pm
Any good Irish Gigs? Mine was laid back, a couple senior homes.
Bit late to this but I played a nice St. Patrick's Day gig - it was a private dinner: the host had booked the band I Play in and an Irish dance school (mostly kids). We played a load of Irish songs while the guests arrived and had cocktails. Then the school danced to recorded music, and afterwards we played 'Siamsa' (is that Riverdance or Lord of the Dance?) and they danced to us. All went down well- lots of parents of the kids there.... And then we played some normal ceilidh dances but with as many irish tunes as we could find. I never realised there were so many Irish / pretend Irish in Brussels!
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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by lightninboy » Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:11 am

Nathan Neuman demonstrates:

C chemnitzer
https://youtube.com/watch?v=hMxSsKOiODo

Bb chemnitzer
https://youtu.be/_D6FCRyCKPw

bandoneon
https://youtu.be/WtHLslHAIuI

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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by Keymn » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:48 am

lightninboy wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:11 am
Nathan Neuman demonstrates:

C chemnitzer
https://youtube.com/watch?v=hMxSsKOiODo

Bb chemnitzer
https://youtu.be/_D6FCRyCKPw

bandoneon
https://youtu.be/WtHLslHAIuI
Nice, smooth playing. Good bellow action. Bandoneon uniquely different sound. All would sound good on Polkas and waltzes too. I do not think 🤔, many concertina players in the Southwest USA? Would be neat to find if one exists!
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Post by Keymn » Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:09 am

I just latched on a German Restaurant gig. The strange thing it was a Country Western Bar. I proceeded to play my accordion German music mixing in some of those country Nashville classics. Many were saying they were not knowing what to expect, some old guy playing oompa? (They got the old man part right😂).
Got booked 2 nights for the rest of the year. They just do not have enough accordion players around this area.
I think 🤔 we are a rare breed.
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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by JerryPH » Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:17 pm

Keymn wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:09 am
I just latched on a German Restaurant gig. The strange thing it was a Country Western Bar. I proceeded to play my accordion German music mixing in some of those country Nashville classics. Many were saying they were not knowing what to expect, some old guy playing oompa? (They got the old man part right😂).
Got booked 2 nights for the rest of the year. They just do not have enough accordion players around this area.
I think 🤔 we are a rare breed.
Seriously... to have a NEED for accordion players in the first place is an amazing thing... now to have more places that actually need/want accordion players than there are accordionists available? Wow, sounds like my kind of town! :)
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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by Keymn » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:54 pm

JerryPH wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:17 pm
Keymn wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:09 am
I just latched on a German Restaurant gig. The strange thing it was a Country Western Bar. I proceeded to play my accordion German music mixing in some of those country Nashville classics. Many were saying they were not knowing what to expect, some old guy playing oompa? (They got the old man part right😂).
Got booked 2 nights for the rest of the year. They just do not have enough accordion players around this area.
I think 🤔 we are a rare breed.
Seriously... to have a NEED for accordion players in the first place is an amazing thing... now to have more places that actually need/want accordion players than there are accordionists available? Wow, sounds like my kind of town! :)
They just fired the country western band who was there for almost 3 years on Friday/Saturday. Wants German accordion music, all time. But where are the accordion players in Phoenix for hire? Presently, performing 4 nights at this place. Not a high pressure gig. Just play German, oompa, polka, waltzes, pop songs and in-between stroll out in audience. Mostly dining people, large groups. Life is good when you can take your hobby to the next level.
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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by JerryPH » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:34 pm

Keymn wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:54 pm
Life is good when you can take your hobby to the next level.
True that! I'll need to come by and visit one day. :)
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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by Corsaire » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:24 am

Keyman wrote:Presently, performing 4 nights at this place. Not a high pressure gig. Just play German, oompa, polka, waltzes, pop songs and in-between stroll out in audience. Mostly dining people, large groups. Life is good when you can take your hobby to the next level.
Absolutely right, Keyman - it's all about enjoying what we do.

The former leader and founder of our group was totally against any sort of involvement with the audience and would even stop the singers if a spectator dared to join in or clap to the music. Yet our music lends itself to audience participation, particularly when we do our gigs in the streets of the old town of Saint Malo. After all, who are we doing it for ?
We now encourage people to get up and dance and I have recently followed the example of an accordion player in another group and stroll about where possible in our street gigs (one of the reasons for choosing a lighter 72 bass PA!). What a difference this has made both to our enjoyment of performing and from their reaction, to the people who come and listen to us.

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Re: Good Gigs, Bad Gigs

Post by jozz » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:59 am

Corsaire wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:24 am
and would even stop the singers if a spectator dared to join in or clap to the music.
yes! always those damn audiences

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