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Kent Hewitt Tutorials

Post by hais1273 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:15 am

I had a look at the link to Mr Hewitt's instructional video clips and then on to his website. What a pleasure to listen too and watch someone who knows what he is talking about. I'm going to have to get my accordion teacher to guide my studies in this direction for a while. I'm sure the ideas and concepts of accompaniament will fit in very well with some of the folk dance stuff we tend to play. Very, very interesting. Thankyou.

Following my rant and semi- flounce of two or three weeks ago, the wretched person who caused this irritation has gone to ground, not appearing at the dance club and being unable to attend practice for various spurious reasons. So it seems she's quite happy to cause annoyance and irritation, but not deal with the fall out when some one stands up and says."Enough already". After exchanging a few fairly civil emails we received one saying it was alright to play from the dots after all, as we have such a huge repetoire... is it me? :hb

I suppose this sort of experience is broadly educational and character forming, although I kind of feel, I have enough "character" already!

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Post by bocsa » Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:50 pm

:!: :!: :!: Gordluvvus it's J A Z Z :!: :roll: and :!: it's in 'American' and no warning about content!

that said, each to his (or her, or its) own ...where's the barf 'moticon ?

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Post by hais1273 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:39 pm

I might be wrong here, but is there a hint you may possibly not really like American Jazz? ;)

I'm not a fan of jazz by any means but I enjoyed the clip.

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Post by JeffJetton » Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:43 pm

hais1273, you might also like some of the videos from Aimee Nolte. She tends to ramble, but it's good info, along the same jazzy line as Kent Hewitt.

bocsa, you might want to steer well clear of Aimee Nolte, of course. :D

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Post by bocsa » Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:34 pm

JeffJetton wrote: bocsa, you might want to steer well clear of Aimee Nolte, of course. :D

Thanks Jeff .... curiosity got the better of me :)
mmmm ... :b Much easier on the eye, tho' I didn't click on the audio (to save the ears and avoid brainphartz). I'm guessing that the language is American, my first language is English and Google translate doesn't have 'American' listed :roll:

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Post by losthobos » Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:20 am

hais, thanks for taking the time to look and glad you enjoyed/was of help
bocsa...don't fret i think along similar lines to you re 'superbowl' type performances / production... however i'm willing to smear away all the gravy so i can see the meat as such...
Way i figure things (and though i like the well crafted sounds of the 30's 40's would not have the audacity to call myself a jazz player) is that J.S.Bach somehow had the insight to temper the scale in year god knows dot and since then music has stayed on his tracks and taken many forms from there but stayed within his guidelines of harmony/bass motion etc...the jazz standards of the period i mention are perfectly following this form most of the time so i guess it makes sense for me to study this period/theory and apply to any thing i'm playing...later than that when jazz went free form i have know idea what's occuring and my ears shut down at the cacophany that some call genius... what i'm trying to say is that well crafted music follows a formula and therefore it's worth indulging some time and effort to absorb that formula and hopefully your musical safety net will become larger and cosier...
jeff thanks for the Aimee link...will follow through...there is also Julian Bradley at youtube jazztutorial who again is american but has no twang to his accent so may be easier to follow for those with sensitivities....
whatever your tastes i'd say the cycle of 5ths stuff is pretty essential even if you only study to see how your chords relate to each other on the keyboard
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Post by JeffJetton » Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:45 pm

bocsa wrote:Google translate doesn't have 'American' listed :roll:
Too bad. That would come in handy for me!

English input: "Oy guv! Flat tyre? Just get the stepney from the centre of the boot and Bob's your uncle!"

American translation: "Call AAA."

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Post by bocsa » Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:53 pm

...can't see the connection 'tween the jam (jar) and Alcoholics Anonymous America ;)

th'English isn't writ quite like what it's spoke though :lol:

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Post by hais1273 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:24 am

Thanks for the link to the Aimee clips, I will view and digest. I made the very slight mistake of mentioning the i-V-ii ( I think it is) progression to my accordion teacher. There followed a sort talk on voicing and how it all worked and why she thought it could be useful, most of which flew over my head and dissapeared. Anyway, it gave her the opportunity to plan a series of lessons, probably long overdue about chord structure, keys, arpeggios, scales, inversions etc, etc which is generally fine by me .

I rather like "English" in all it's forms, possibly with the exception of Estuary English as used in "Eastenders", ( a UK soap opera) which is now lazy and stupid. David Sedaris writes and entertains very well in "American", he has an occasional programme on BBC Radio 4. "Y'all got them they just ain't poked out yet" One of his characters talking about hair. George McDonald Fraser writes supremely well in English, Oirish and Scotch. Going a bit off thread here, sorry...

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Post by Pianoman1 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:43 am

I teach jazz and blues styles on the piano and Needless to say I am not as decorative as the young lady being able to stop clocks at 400 feet. Its all fairly standard stuff

I took up the accordion to play world and folk music and some light classics - I would do some swing or gypsy jazz I like Dan Newton and his music but very modern jazz on the PA does not float my boat.

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