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Re: Cajun

Post by Daveg4otu » Mon May 13, 2013 7:08 pm

Here is a Belgian group who specialise in Cajun style......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLICq9RkWQw" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Cajun

Post by Glenn » Mon May 13, 2013 9:57 pm

Interesting how he plays the accordion down by his crotch. Suppose it looks more cool and gives him better access to the microphone.
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Re: Cajun

Post by Bella » Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:19 am

Old topic I know, but I only joined the forum last night. I've had to dig around a bit to find this thread - thought that Cajun music wasn't entertained at all, at first.

I fell in love with the sound a L O N G time age. Did anybody ever watch an American series in the 90s called Northern Exposure? A couple of the programmes had some Cajun dancing, which I have wanted to do ever since. In the meantime, discovered Clifton and CJ Chenier. Now my man and I, we jive (40s,50s and early 60s music) and Cajun dancing looks very similar - I would guess the same roots. On my trek through You Tube videos to look at the feasibility of learning Cajun dancing, I heard more and more of the music - got sidetracked into music (non-dance) videos, blah blah. I love it. It's what I want to play. I've got about 6 Cajun music books, apart from the Teach Yourself Accordion book, but I'm a long way yet from being able to play anything from them.

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Re: Cajun

Post by dunlustin » Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:07 am

Cajun is probably an area where you can't beat learning by ear.
I struggled for some time trying to get it on a B/C/C# - only to abandon all hope.
Almost certainly not the best instrument.
Would a purist say a PA is more likely to be caught playing Zydeco?

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Re: Cajun

Post by Tom » Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:16 pm

A couple points from yours truly:

Video Download Helper addon to Firefox is an awesome tool for downloading from youtube. Conversion done with Audacity or Any Video Converter, viewed with VLC player.

Yes, traditionally the piano accordion is considered more of a zydeco instrument and button for cajun, however, nowadays I see tons of button zydeco players.

Dirk Powell's 2 DVD set is a good intro to learning cajun style on button.

An inspiring book for Bella and others interested in the journey of learning Cajun music:

ACCORDION DREAMS: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music (University Press of Mississippi, 2009) by Blair Kilpatrick, 250 pages. Ms. Kilpatrick heard the Cajun accordion on a trip to Louisiana and it was all over. She was so taken by the sound and the culture that she began to have dreams of playing the accordion (Cajun one row button accordion in this case). She eventually obtained a Hoher and then a hand made Cajun accordion and learned to play and sing. This book is a labor of love detailing one woman's growth as a Cajun musician. A beautiful book and inspiring.

Mark Savoy has a couple intersesting documentaries on youtube and a good website for making his accordions.

"Cajun Music Makers" is good; other books of note are Texas Zydeco and Kingdom of Zydeco. These are fundamentally zydeco but there is lots of crossover, like rhythem and blues.

And it is always good to watch the German video Schultze Gets the Blues.

I have not seen northern exposure, thanks for the tip!

Hope this helps, your faithful servant, Tom

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Re: Cajun

Post by george garside » Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:57 pm

Daveg4otu wrote:Here is a Belgian group who specialise in Cajun style......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLICq9RkWQw" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
this is played on a 10 key, one row, 4 stop 2 bass box Nothing else has the right grunt for Cajun so I recommend those who want to do a proper job to get the right bit of kit and come over to the dark side!

george ;)

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Re: Cajun

Post by jarvo » Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:06 pm

....The other thing about Cajun music ....and this will probably not go down well ....you have to get down and dirty.....it is a music from the heart and the soul ...from the gut ...

The printed music ....and I have the Mel Bay 15 Louisiana Cajun Classics...including Jolie Blon , Port Arthur Blues and Le Flames d'Enfer do not convey the visceral , (excuse me ) ass-kicking whoop of joy that this music is.....they are at best an indicater of what the chords and the notes are and then do your own thing listening and trying to play along to the various Tu (or Vous)Tuberies on the Tinterweb.........And these deceptively simple sounding tunes are real finger twisters .....


Glad to see another enthooosiast has joined us ...this page has been too quiet too long...laissez le Bon Temps roulez..........

CJ :b {} :b

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Re: Cajun

Post by Bella » Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:02 pm

I've been dipping in to those very books, Jarvo (though not ready for them yet) but they've left me uninspired. Gettin down and dirty sounds good to me. The more I've heard, the more I'm thinking George is right - you need the proper thing to play the music.

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Re: Cajun

Post by Bella » Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:17 pm

I had found this while looking at Cajun dancing videos. I'm very new to all this, so maybe it's old hat to you experienced people, but I love this man:
Mark Savoy and the Cajun Accordion

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Re: Cajun

Post by jarvo » Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:07 pm

Your link is coming back to the submit a reply page ....but yes I know of him........

I use the Cajun setting on my little FR 1 X quite a lot and murder Jambalaya and a couple of other cajun style tunes ....

Whom is of the knowing ....I may even post them one day ? ....you have been warned ..be nice !!!!

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Re: Cajun

Post by TW » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:44 am

I have used Richard Noels sets and user programs with my FR-1XB and like them.
This is an extract from his ad that may be of interest given your cajun/zydeco discussion - if in fact the data is not 'old hat' for you..

These sets have been created from the ground up rather than transferred from the 7x or 3x. The
1x speakers and other features are sufficiently different that the sets need to be tailored to the 1x,
which is what I have done here. I also include four very useful User Programs that are based on
my User Sets, and these User Programs make it easy to access the combination of sounds you
need for various styles.
List of Sets
101 - JAZZY - Intended for standards and jazz tunes. Includes vibes, flute, jazz doos and scat, muted trumpet, lush
organ, harmonica, flute, sax, and more.
102 - COUNTRY/ EURO Intended for country, cajun, zydeco, French, German, Dixie, and other styles. It features banjo in the
chord and treble, three horns (trombone, “wailing” trumpet, muted trumpet) and chorus, violin, and even bagpipes.
User Programs 101-104, that allow one-touch access to combinations of treble, bass, chord, and percussion sounds.
101 Jazz/Standards - String bass with sax, trombone, jazz organ, bassoon solo or with vibes or organ, master, musette.
102 Country - Picked bass with sax, trumpet, guitar, guitar dual with accordion, piano, banjo, violin.
103 Italian - All accordion master & musette, mandolin, guitar, tarantella with percussion.
104 French/German - French musette, Gus Viseur musette, mixed tuba bass with master, musette, clarinet, trombones.


I find his sounds very pleasant (and his demo's of them even more...)

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Re: Cajun

Post by dunlustin » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:00 am

That's very useful TW - I've been looking for a contact email for RN - any chance you could help, please?

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Re: Cajun

Post by TW » Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:25 pm

Certainly. PM sent.
Should also say Dr R.Noel's address is on most of his YouTube demo's as well...so no secret!

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Re: Cajun

Post by Anyanka » Sat Mar 01, 2014 5:17 pm

I'm setting "Cajun" as the Tune of the Month for March - please go to the Tune of the Month thread if you would like to suggest a specific piece!

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