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Blues [03 Oct 2011|04:21pm]
Hello, world!
Could anyone give me some links to blues notes for accordion?

I've looked through all the Internet and saw nothing except a few books in the UK. But it would be complicated to deliver this book to Russia, where I live in.
So I rely on your help.
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Melodeon Madness [19 Apr 2011|06:07pm]

A few months ago I ordered a used Hohner Pokerwork melodeon (British term for a diatonic button accordion) from The Button Box. I'm mainly playing Morris dance tunes on it, of course, but have started to figure out some Welsh folk songs also. Not only does it sound good, but it's a thing of beauty as well.
The box in all its resplendent gloryCollapse )

Any other melodeon players around here?
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accordion life law #245 [10 Mar 2011|11:12pm]

law #245: It's very difficult to play an accordion while wearing a straight jacket. Corollary to Law #245: Or handcuffs. Be careful...

have a good weekend, kiddies!
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[26 Feb 2011|12:07pm]


Hello all!

I'm 17 years old and currently living in a small village in regional France on an exchange year. I've just started playing the piano accordion and am borrowing one from another man in the village. Does anyone have any recommendations for online resources to help me learn, preferably with video. Thanks!


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accordion and drum questions [22 Aug 2010|02:25am]

Has anyone ever played with an accordion and drum with 1 or 2 feet at the same time? Any advice?
What would you need to get started on something like that?
Thanks folks.
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The Sano Zon-Rio I posted about earlier [29 Jul 2010|12:39am]

More info, and some picturesCollapse )
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Fun with the concertina, and an accordion for sale [26 Jul 2010|05:13am]

I recently ordered a Hohner 20-button Anglo concertina, and am having a heck of a lot of fun with it. I've only had it since Thursday, and already I'm working on a repertoire of Welsh folk music, morris dance tunes, and WWI soldiers' songs. This coming weekend I'll probably post some videos on Youtube.

Since it's a cheap introductory-level instrument, though, I know I'll want to replace it with something better (and with 30 buttons) before too long. To that end, I want to sell a Sano Zon-Rio 120-bass piano accordion, which I purchased a few years ago but never got the hang of. It belonged to a professional accordionist before me, and is in very good shape; tight bellows, no sticky keys, no odors. The only issues are that it needs new straps, and the little straps with which you snap it closed are missing. It's cream-colored pearlescent celluloid, and comes with a case. I'm asking $175 plus whatever it costs to ship, but I'm willing to be flexible considering the strap issue. Photographs (taken with my phone) can be supplied upon request; I'm posting this from work otherwise I'd include pictures now.

I will gladly, of course, take a 30-button Anglo concertina as a trade; and in that case I'd happily pay for the shipping of both instruments!
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Help Please! [18 Apr 2010|07:09pm]


Hello Fellow ElJayers!

I was hoping maybe someone could help me out here.. I was going through my Great Grandmothers house shortly after she passed away and came across an Accordion.. Me being the music person(I play piano) I decided id take it and look into how old it was and what not.  I have tried looking it up online, and cant find anything! Maybe YOU can help!!

All it says on it is "Symphonie" and then a model number M 752/15 and also "Made in Italy"

I dont even think my great grandmother ever played Accordion, but maybe she did.. All I remember her playing is Piano... Anyways ill post some pictures behind the cut and maybe can get some answers!!

There were some music books along with an old newspaper in the box that dated in the 50s.. thats all i know though.


This way please..Collapse )
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Tired bass arm...? [17 Apr 2010|03:28pm]

Question -

I've been playing accordion since January now. I play at least 20 minutes a day, and in general, I consider myself strong for a girl anyway. I lift toddlers and groceries and dig in the garden.

You may recall that I play the accordion upside down...

At the end of the 20 minutes, my right arm (that is, the one playing bass) is REALLY tired, to the point that I almost can't use it. Also, I have trouble when moving around a lot on the bass side with the hand strap putting weight on my wrist in a very painful way. I've shortened the shoulder straps quite a bit, but somehow I never seem to get the weight to sit right. Anyone have any suggestions? Is this a common problem? Should I just stuff a towel between my shoulder and the strap?

By the way, I haven't encountered any other problems yet with playing upside down.
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I had to post a message [13 Apr 2010|05:33pm]

[ mood | complacent ]

I got tired of looking at the same opening text and photo.   It's been too quiet over here.  Here is a new picture to occupy yer eyeballs:


come visit me.


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whoa hi! [04 Feb 2010|07:43pm]

Its been over a year since I've posted here!
Wow how fast time has been flying.
I guess its time for an update.. I did end up buying a really crap 48 bass accordion and then quickly sold it on craigslist. Then I bought a really great 120 lady sized used one from these guys in Houston. I highly recommend them, great service and decent selection/prices.
I had no problems at the airport. Although I did get some serious bruises on my shoulders from carrying it through the long journey. Has anyone flown with an accordion since the new flight regulations? I'm leaving Korea(but returning!) pretty soon and again getting antsy about the trip with my baby. I think some sort of luggage carrier would be a sound investment to spare my shoulders this next time around.
I'm no longer a total newbie these days. A year ago I knew maybe 2 or 3 songs memorized, a year later and I can do 25 or so! I've gotten so much better in a year. I'm actually in a band too!
So here's another question:
We are playing 2 gigs with microphones this month. Could anyone tell me where the best place to position a microphone around an accordion is? Thanks~
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A few basic questions... [25 Jan 2010|06:53am]

Greetings fellow enthusiasts. Quiet here, isn't it?

Now that I've started practicing, I have a few questions that I haven't seen ready explanations for...

1) When I play bass chords on my accordion, the treble/melody side drops in volume so as to be more or less inaudible. I'm just starting, and I thought I could, say, hold down a Gm and then play around the scale on the melody, but this doesn't seem feasible. Is this just a normal feature of accordions due to limitations of available air/greater demand by chord reeds, or do I have something set wrong?

2) Is there any volume control on an accordion? I see this mysterious unlabeled wheel at the top of mine - I've tried looking at accordion diagrams and i can't figure out what it's for...not that I object to playing horrible scales very loudly in public places.

3) Does anyone else play their accordion upside down? I'm a string player, and it just makes more sense for me to play rhythm with my right hand, melody with my left, and have higher = "up" rather than "down." I'm wondering if this is going to make learning the chord buttons much harder mechanically (that is, leaving out remembering to move "down" to go up a fifth)?

Interested to hear any thoughts you might have.
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New Accordion Drinkin Song [20 Sep 2009|11:28pm]


Hey All
I wanted to share our new accordion-centric video that we recently shot in Oakland... my favorite is the close up of the bass buttons :)

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2nd annual Accordion Noir Festival Sept 10-12th! [08 Sep 2009|11:51am]
Accordion Noir, the world's only all-accordion radio show / podcast, is hosting another squeezebox festival in its home town of Vancouver, BC, now over three wild days! The first night is an open stage at our monthly squeezebox circle, the second a showcase of virtuous local accordionists, and Saturday is prime time, with an accordion parade, workshops, a film festival and featuring live performances by headliners Story, Geoff Berner and Jason Webley! You can read allllll about it here! And while you may not live in the vicinity, you may know squeezebox fans in the Pacific Northwest... and consider passing the information along to them! If nothing else you get a heads-up that live cuts from the festival may turn up on future installments of the podcast. Cheers


and since we're a radio show, you can hear us compel you with your own two ears!

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Morelli accordions [21 Aug 2009|12:12pm]

So this guy is selling this Morelli accordion for $135
has 34 Full Sized Treble Keys,
48 Bass Button Keys,

But idk if Morelli is a good brand. anyone know if it's any good?
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Accordions, Murder Ballads and a Good Cause tonight in SF [14 Aug 2009|01:24pm]

Tonight in San Francisco - support a local filmmaker, support local musicians, get a little drunk and dance yr ass off at
HEAVY ROTATION! A club for outsiders of all stripes.

El Rio (Mission @ Precita)

Performers include TrashCanPoet, Fugayzi and Rhubarb Whiskey! all proceed benefit the film Paradigm by Joie Rey Cohen. See filmartgender.com for more information.

What do folks say about Rhubarb Whiskey?
"...a blend of vaudeville, gypsy jazz and Southern-Gothic" - TwangNation.com
"...emo accordion dixieland dirge music"-
Professor Shimmy
"Rhubarb Whiskey feels like cigarettes glowing between whiskey-numb lips in the humid darkness of screened-in porches." -@tubemouse

Join us as we rock out at El Rio! Show starts at 10pm and the cover is $5

Rowdy, boozy and tender, the music of Rhubarb Whiskey arrives at the end of a long, dusty trail from the deep dark heart of the American west. Boylamayka and Emchy squeeze, strum, pluck and bang on a bevy on instruments to charm and amuse you. Drink up, and see what happens when they combine the old-time beauty of 1850's tintype drinkin' songs with the brash attitude of punk rock. Rhubarb Whiskey will be your soundtrack to intoxicated nights of the heart, the road, and the adventures you never knew you wanted.
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[09 Aug 2009|11:21pm]

I have had an accordion sitting in my closet for almost 4 years that is broken. Recently I've decided that I want to try to fix it. I've taken it to a repair shop before and they said it would cost almost $500! I do not have that kind of money. I've taken the bellows off of the bass side and the panel off the part with the buttons, but I cannot figure out what is wrong. There is a constant note that plays no matter what keys I am playing. I assumed there was some kind of valve stuck open, but they all seem fine/look like they're flush against the accordion. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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What is Going On Dudes and Dudettes? [24 Jul 2009|10:18pm]

[ mood | calm ]

Anything happening amongst and betwixt the Accordion players here? The community has been pretty silent.

Jimmy Shand and Curtis

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JunkStock Benefit Tonight in SF [11 Jul 2009|09:36am]

Accordions, ukeleles and more!

5 Cent Coffee will be having a fundraiser for Junkstock this Saturday July 11th at the Plough and Stars in San Francisco. Come support Junkstock and hear the musical stylings of...

5 Cent Coffee
Kelly McCubbin the Ukulele Apocalypse
Liquor Cake
Just Henry
and more!

$5 door (all proceeds go towards Junkstock 2009)

Vagabondage will also be playing at Junkstock on Saturday, July 25th -- a completely FREE event in Golden Gate Park!

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bellcordion? [28 Jun 2009|12:48pm]

Hey all!

Well I bought an old accordion some time ago and have been having trouble figuring out how old it is and its value. The brand is a Bellcordion; just wondering if someone could point me to an encyclopedia of accordion compaines with serial numbers so I can figure out more about it. It says made in Italy on the bottom, and is in great condition. Any help would be great.

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