Greetings from sunny Somerset, England CBA beginner

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ivor hyde
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Re: Greetings from sunny Somerset, England CBA beginner

Post by ivor hyde » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:41 pm

I was interested to read that you are learning to play C system CBA, as I also live in Somerset and play CBA and have done so for the last sixty years. I am an accordion tuner and repairer and if I can help you with any information I would be happy to do so.

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Re: Greetings from sunny Somerset, England CBA beginner

Post by Windstrel » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:57 pm

Many thanks Ivor

It's good to hear you are still active.

My CBA is a Roland and I'm really enjoying getting to know it although I wish I'd got a FR4 instead of an FR3

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Re: Greetings from sunny Somerset, England CBA beginner

Post by Corsaire » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:08 pm

Hi Winstrel and welcome !
I've been interested in reading this thread because I have in my possession a Roland FR3X CBA, not mine though. It belongs to a group I play with. I'm a PA player - acoustic, not digital but the chance to have a go at learning the CBA seems too good to pass up. It's tuned to the C system which, on downloading a diagram of the right hand buttons looks more logical to me.

I shall be interested to see how you get on and progress. How easy is it to sight read on a different instrument ? Is it a good idea to do scales and "Czerny-type" exercises as I had to do with the piano eons ago ?

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Re: Greetings from sunny Somerset, England CBA beginner

Post by Windstrel » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:34 am

Hi Corsairs

I'm loving the FR3 xb and especially now I've downloaded some of the extension sounds that are free to download from the Roland website. Using them meant understanding user sets and user programs but once this was overcome I just loved the extra sounds which I feel are better than many of the FR3 sounds. The user program facility is extremely powerful too and I now use a user program every time I switch it on.

I'm practicing for about two hours a day split into two one hour sessions but on top of that is time spent studying the manual and understanding it's different features. In the early stages, I think getting to know the instrument's features is as important as learning to play it, for me anyway.

As far as C system CBA goes, I love it! As a wind instrument player, I've had to battle with the novelty of two hands doing different things which I am coming to terms with but is an ongoing challenge but being able to play in any key simply by starting on a different note and using one finger pattern is an absolute boon.

I suppose deciding which finger to use is ultimately the biggest ongoing challenge. I used Manu Maugain's excellent tutor and worked through about half of the first book which gave me a grounding but I often wonder if I've got the best sequence of fingers as it makes a big difference to how likely I am to hit the right notes.

Overall I would say I'm on two musical journeys. One that is learning the C system CBA and one that is about playing an electronic instrument. Both are fascinating and with ends that are as yet undefined.

As far as sight reading goes, I primarily use sight reading to learn a tune and then play it from memory. It seems to be getting better though as time goes on and I practice more.

Btw I'm looking forward to being good enough to play some Cornish folk tunes which I understand are sometimes similar to your folk tunes over in Brittany ☺️

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Re: Greetings from sunny Somerset, England CBA beginner

Post by Francisco SC » Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:46 am

Hi Windstrel, welcome!

It's nice to see that another forum member is entering CBA world with same instrument as mine, and having a similar musical background (well... similar to some extent, I used to play strings and wind instruments in an Andean folk band). I recently bought a second hand FR-3xb after a couple years learning PA, and I am simply delighted with the change to CBA.

Good luck!

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