So you went from piano to the accordion?JeffJetton wrote: ↑Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:31 pmI actually first started playing accordion when I was a keyboard player in a country band. I wanted something to play during an acoustic, "unplugged" segment of the show, and, well, that was that.
Anyway, I think accordion works really well if you want to play traditional country (think Hank Williams Sr., George Jones, Loretta Lynn, etc.), western swing (Bob Wills, etc.), or bluegrass (Bill Monroe, etc.). A big reason for this is that the sort of accompaniment used on much of that music is the bass playing a root-fifth pattern with chordal instruments accentuating the upbeats. In other words, the standard accordion "oom-pah" pattern.
Of course, in a band situation, where there's an actual bass player doing the "oom" and guitar/piano/fiddle/whatever doing the "pah", refraining from playing the left hand would typically be the musically tasteful choice. You'd normally want to just stick to pads and fills in the right hand only.
Now despite the accordion being able to play those styles, note that it in actual practice, accordion is only commonly used in western swing. It's rare in traditional country music. And if you show up at most bluegrass jams with an accordion you may not make it out alive! (Despite the little-known fact that Bill Monroe once had an accordionist in his band...)
When it comes to modern "country" music--most of which we all would've just called "rock" or "Top 40" if it came out 30-40 years ago--it's more hit-and-miss as to how well suited the accordion is.
Some basic country tunes to start with, off the top of my head:
Other simple-ish tunes that are technically more "folk" music, but will occur in country/bluegrass contexts:
- Hey Good Lookin'
- The Tennessee Waltz
- Ring of Fire
- Mountain Music
- Country Roads (which is, inexplicably, also a popular Oktoberfest tune!)
And here's a great list of popular folk/bluegrass/gospel "jam" songs: http://www.drbanjo.com/instructional-bl ... orites.php
- Angeline the Baker
- Wildwood Flower
- Old Joe Clark
If so, how did you deal with the fact that you already knew country music? What did you have to practice? I'm asking as I am learning country piano (I am a country music nerd) and would like to learn more about this. To me the boom-chuck sounds so different on the accordion. On the other hand you can do the boom-chuck with just your left hand on the accordion. On the piano you need both hands or maybe doing some stride or moon mullican thing.
What are your experiences with this?