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Post by HPC364 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:23 pm

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I'am from Europe, from France, I don't play the accordion but I would like to, in France we used to have a big tradition about the accordion but it is not really the music I really like.
I figured out this instrument could play very poetical musics, jazz and others.
I play a bunch of instrument and I'm a frustrated "pianist", I'm not very good to play jazz chords and voicings on the left hand and I thought about the accordion. I don't know if it's a good idea.

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Post by jozz » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:23 am

I guess, all in all, to get to a decent result, jazz on the accordion left hand is easier than on the piano. So I'd say welcome and go for it {}

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Post by wout » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:22 am

Agreed! Requires way less thinking then chords on a piano, speaking as a pianist as well. The only thing i miss is the playing of melodial accompanies with the left hand. I played a little bit of freebass before, not alot, but what i miss most about piano is that you can play soft with left and loud with right.

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Post by HPC364 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:12 pm

Thank you !

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Post by losthobos » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:54 am

Don't be shy....them old jazz tunes were beautifully crafted by the composers...they've done the hard bit...you'll enjoy trying to interpret on the accordion....bon chance...
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Post by HPC364 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:22 pm

Thanks. To be honest, the first thing I will buy is a melodica in order to know how I articulate with a keyboard, it is not easy on a piano, I usually play woodwind instruments, guitars and bass.
I need to think about all about these things before buying an accordion because it is not cheap and the less expensive ones are quite limited in terms of chords.
Maybe a 48 bass accordion would be a minimum... But not very comfortable if I want to try to play a tune like 'Round Midnight.

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Post by losthobos » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:07 am

72 bass minimum if youre heading to Birdland ;)
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Post by simonking » Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:35 pm

Yeah, I'd say 96 bass minimum really if you're going to want to play jazz in the typical keys with the typical kind of chord modulations (e.g. 'Round Midnight). Remember, there is nothing inherently more 'difficult' about 120 bass compared to say 48 or 72 bass - the relationships between the buttons when you feel your way around is always the same. You will find a half-decent 120 bass instrument generally less expensive (though anything really good will be a lot of money).

PS - melodicas are great! I bought one recently and it sounds much less cheap 'n' nasty than I though it would, though it looks a bit plasticky but can be really quite expressive. I would recommend the Yamaha Pianica 37 or 32-key model. I bought the 32 as I wanted the lightest weight for travelling and the keyboard touch is not too far from an accordion (small amount of key travel). I didn't like the standard Hohners or the expensive Suzuki I tried (too heavy with a too light action). I might get another Yamaha (best on Amazon etc direct from Japan) and make a nice wooden case for it so it looks a bit less cheapo for use in gigs/busking.

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