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tuna ketchup x

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Accordions!
« on: 15 Dec 2008, 20:24 »

So one of my friends got a killer thrift store find for me: an accordion! "Hey, Tuna, ninety bucks for an accordion, you want?" YES. It is a student 12-bass model and is red and is apparently in near mint shape. I pick it up this weekend. I am so excited!

Does anyone here play the squeezebox? Any good starter rock/klezmer books? I already ordered the Mel Bay primer in preparation, but I'm guessing the actual songs are going to be kind of lame. I'm hoping I can figure this thing out and not just leave it in the closet like the kid who owned it. I already play piano so maybe that will help. Anyone want to start a gypsy punk band?  :-D
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Re: Accordions!
« Reply #1 on: 15 Dec 2008, 21:40 »

Hey cool! A friend of mine just bought one as well, and they've started an "accordion club" in the park near where I used to live. From the only time I've picked one up, I think the hardest part will be learning the left-hand (?) chord buttons. I've been thinking about getting one myself, but I can't really justify it when I don't really play my harmonium or trumpet as much as I should...
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Re: Accordions!
« Reply #2 on: 15 Dec 2008, 21:46 »

Hmmmmm.....   Gypsy punk bands.  Hmmmmm...

Needs more bagpipe.
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Re: Accordions!
« Reply #3 on: 15 Dec 2008, 22:35 »

If you already play piano you should be fine.  I'm not sure how versed in piano you are, but if you download a chord chart for the left hand side (stradella bass), you'll notice the buttons are arranged in the circle of fifths; that should make it easier to memorize the buttons.  Though I'm not sure what a 12 bass looks like, I'm assuming it's just less to worry about than a standard 120 bass.
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Re: Accordions!
« Reply #4 on: 16 Dec 2008, 21:05 »

Anyone want to start a gypsy punk band?  :-D


YES. My friend Davis and I are supposed to start an avant garde steampunky street band. He plays cello, and I play drums.
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Re: Accordions!
« Reply #5 on: 16 Dec 2008, 21:39 »

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Your first and last step, to playing yourself like ACCORDION!
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Rudy Rudy

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Re: Accordions!
« Reply #6 on: 16 Dec 2008, 22:21 »

dude, seriously. this friend of mine plays accordion and he is one of the most in-demand musicians in my town. anytime anyone is recording and they want an interesting instrument on such-and-such track, they call him up.

which, of course, is when he says, "Yeah, man, twenty bucks."
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Re: Accordions!
« Reply #7 on: 16 Dec 2008, 23:54 »

Does he get many people not willing to cough up the $20?
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Re: Accordions!
« Reply #8 on: 17 Dec 2008, 05:27 »

I fucking need an accordion.
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Rudy Rudy

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Re: Accordions!
« Reply #9 on: 17 Dec 2008, 13:14 »

around here, most of the music dudes are good friends, so usually, he does it for free.

but my husband runs a little studio and whenever the artists are at a loss, he will suggest something, like: "Hey, this might sound cool with some accordian, lemme just call up my buddy" and they usually go for it. it is such a great instrument, it totally changes the entire tone of the song.
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Re: Accordions!
« Reply #10 on: 17 Dec 2008, 13:23 »

I know a guy who plays accordion. Accordions are just so cool.
If anyone has seen Amelie and knows the theme, La Valse D'Amelie, there is an accordion version on YouTube that I am absolutely in love with. Link is below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofSpQfjkSY4
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Re: Accordions!
« Reply #11 on: 17 Dec 2008, 13:30 »

Accordion is awesome and can go oh, so many ways. I should totally learn it. First i gotta finish up the banjo training though >_>
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Re: Accordions!
« Reply #12 on: 17 Dec 2008, 17:39 »

Thanks for reminding of this band.
Accordion Death Squad.

Have fun with your accordion!


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Re: Accordions!
« Reply #13 on: 18 Dec 2008, 07:42 »

Thanks for reminding me of Ten in the Swear Jar. If I weren't at work, It'd be blaring so hard.
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Re: Accordions!
« Reply #14 on: 22 Dec 2008, 09:03 »

Seriously, the only instrument better than an accordion is a set of turntables.  Enjoy being awesome.  Also for some cool accordion music you should check out Carlos Libedinsky's Narcotango albums, the Zydepunks (Three of whose albums I posted in the mediafire thread) and maybe some Jason Webley.
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Re: Accordions!
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