I've been playing the C button accordion for two months now. Here's what I've noticed
- I'm really good at the piano accordion. This isn't me showing off, more a realisation that having played the piano for something like 40 years now, my fingers go where they should without me having to think about it. I never really registered the fact that I just have to look at piece of music for my fingers to play it, nor that they can form the shape of, for example, a diminished chord all by themselves. Learning another instrument has been a pleasant reminder of what I can do. That doesn't mean I'll stop noticing my mistakes all the time, of course. I'll always feel inadequate compared to better players.
- The fact that I already play the piano accordion has been a big help in learning the button accordion. I don't have to think about the left hand or moving the bellows
- The button accordion patterns make sense very quickly. There are only three shapes to playing any major scale on three rows. Or any minor scale. Or any scale at all, for that matter.
- I find the crossover from little finger to thumb fiddly.
- The books I mentioned on my previous blog entry are excellent. I'm now using book 2 of Maugain Manu's Methode d'Accrodeon. I'm still on book 1 of the HOHNER FERRERO MEDARD - METHODE D'ACCORDEON CHROMATIQUE COMPLETE. I've put links to the books at the end of this post.
- I am nowhere near ready to perform on the button accordion.
The books I've been using:
Methode d'Accordeon Vol1 by Maugain Manu
and the HOHNER FERRERO MEDARD - METHODE D'ACCORDEON CHROMATIQUE COMPLETE Educational books Accordion
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