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« on: November 01, 2007, 08:32:50 PM »

I was debating putting this in the Web Video section, but then thought it would be more appropriate here.

I want to know how many of you play instruments that you don't find very many places.  For example, I play the accordion.  Now I know a lot of you a couple generations older then me have either played, or know people who have played the accordion, but I'm 17.
Except for at my accordion lessons, I have never seen anyone near my age who plays the accordion.

And to make this more interesting, I have videos of me playing two songs.  I can never play a song right when I'm on camera, but, who cares, I'm putting them up anyway!
Here are the links to the songs that I have recorded so far: Rockin' The Blues | Rocky Top

Enjoy, and tell me what you think (and post music or vids if you have any).
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2007, 08:44:15 PM »

A long lost talent ,thats for sure. We used to have a man called the flying dutchman  come play in our town when I was young. We always enjoyed it! Keep up the good work!
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2007, 08:53:53 PM »

Clegs, excellent, you rock, play that thing brother. We are your audience, keep those songs coming!
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2007, 10:48:13 PM »

I took accordian lessons for 3 years back in the mid-50's, until it was determined that I would never be able to keep time.  I had excellent finger dexterity and could make a so-so player sound like Marion S. on Lawrence Welk as long as the other player could keep time.

Later, while in the Army, I taught myself to play the guitar, I still can't keep time but I find the finger plucking cathorgic.

When it comes to music, I tell people I can't carry a tune in a bucket, keep time without a watch, or tell an A flat from a B sharp.
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2007, 12:05:14 AM »

   Mouth harp my son and I.  I'm 49 and he's 12.
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2007, 12:19:57 AM »

or tell an A flat from a B sharp.
ROFL, very good!

Funny think, neither can I  shocked

I've never met anyone who plays the mouth harp.  Kinda sounds like a rubber band!  Cool, it'd be neat to see if you could record yourselves so we could listen...
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2007, 10:01:08 AM »

Clegs, I come from a family of accordian players.  Swedish folk on my Father's side.  I can play the accordian.  When I was a teenager, I took it up and taught myself.  I played wonderfully....played for years, but I haven't picked it up since that time.  I am sure that I could bring all that knowledge to the forefront of my mind, if I only had my accordian.  I gave my accordian to my Nephew who wanted to learn to play by ear, and by golly, he is so doing.  It is a beautiful piece of musical instrument to have knowledge of playing, good for you.  Have a wonderful and beautiful day on this earth.  Cindi
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2007, 11:54:27 AM »

Good for you.  That's how I came to play the accordion.  My grandpa had a few accordions and I used to get one out and play around on it at his house.  After a while he said that if I learned how to play it I could keep it.

Now, I've gotten a new accordion that is bigger and sounds a whole world better.  My Sonola has a beautiful keyboard that is much better then on any accordion I have ever played.  As my accordion teacher says, "It plays itself."

You should ask him if you could try it again sometime.  At summer, I bring my accordion to my grandparent's lake property and sometimes my grandpa picks it up and starts playing.
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2007, 11:27:07 PM »

This talk of the accordian brings a beautiful little story that I must tell.

My sister and all her children live on our property temporarily, we share this land and work this land.  It is five acres, mostly cleared.  Our family is a very talented family, each one of us has very special talents, this ranges from musicians to artists of many different specialties.

Each member of my sisters family plays a musical instrument, mostly guitars, but along with that goes the accordian. 

I work outside most of my life (I have a plaque given to me that tells me so)....the plaque says "I live in the garden but I sleep in the house", hee hee.  So I spent most of my life listening, I am a great listener, to people, nature, anything that needs an ear to listen, I will.

One day I was working outside near the apiary, weeding, that is my favourite passtime.  This is a time of thought, I can spend hours weeding, thinking, listening......and listening.  I hear so many beautiful things (and see these too).  Many, many times I thank my lucky stars that I am so fortunate that have this wonderful gift, the gift of patience to be outside, enjoying life, even when I am doing something that would be so mundane to so many people as weeding.  I have been given the gift of sight and hearing.....this I will never forget.

Eeeks, got caught up in a thought.  I was going to tell a story about some beautiful sounds that took me back many many years to when my Father would play the accordian to us as little children.

As I think I was telling about, I was outside weeding by the apiary (oops, now I do think I am repeating myself).  Off in the distance I can hear very quiet music, it sounds like an accordian....nope....no one is outside.  I am still kneeling, weeding, and this sound becomes more beautiful by the moment, the wind must be blowing because I get drifts of this melancholy sound becoming louder, quieter, slowly louder and more quiet.

Now I need to know who is making this beautiful music and of to an adventure I travel.  I walk along past the bees, along to the conifers that are back further and look.  Way down at the end of the property beside the huge pile of stumps and old trees that have been there since the land was cleared.  We had our land cleared to make way for farming. 

I see my Sister's step son.  He has come from Chile to live with her and his Father for some time.  He is also musically talented and plays many instruments.  I see him standing near the wood pile, playing the accordian.  He had never seen an accordian before in his life and when he saw it he wanted to learn to play, and he taught himself to play.  It was he, the one that made this beautiful music float through the trees, drifting along the wind, finding my ears that are always to willing to listen.

He brought a beautiful smile to my face that day.  He goes many times off into the back of the property to play this beautiful instrument, and the sounds are one of the prettiest that I know of.  The accordian can pump out music that is very loud, and playing way off within the trees is a perfect place to let this beautiful instrument shine in all its glory.  Yes, one day I will be doing that playing off in the back of the land.  Have a wonderful and beautiful day in our life.  Cindi
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2007, 12:15:11 AM »

WOW!  I've always loved the sound of the accordion.  My accordion teacher has been teaching me the old classics from the 30s and 40s.  There were some really beautiful songs from back then.

Sounds like you have a pretty interesting family  grin

I love jazz by the accordion, never have I heard better jazz then that performed by my accordion teacher, Gary Dahl.
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« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2007, 07:07:39 AM »

Anything with strings (Guitar, banjo, dulcimer etc.), piano, trumpet, E flat Sousaphone.  I'm not that good with some of the instruments I play, like the harmonica, but I have some fun with them.  Someone once asked how many guitars are at my house.  I have no idea.  I don't even know how many guitars *I* have at my house and my son has more than I do.
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« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2007, 09:17:46 AM »

Clegs, you are one lucky person to have such a talented music teacher, keep on keepin' on.  YOu will thank your lucky stars one day when you become a great musician with the accordian, yeah!!!!!

Michael, sounds like your family is in the loop with music too.  So many instruments.  So, come one, count your instruments, how many you got?   Smiley Smiley Smiley  I would be totally curious.

My Husband plays the guitar beautifully, and I play too, I am not very accomplished though.  We both love to pick, but also do some strumming too.  For my birthday three years ago (the same year I had the rotator cuff surgery) my husband bought me a new guitar.  It is a beauty and a half, but I haven't had the strength until this year to really get back into playing.  For some reason the shoulder that had the work done on it just didn't want to cooperate with the way the guitar is held.  Go figure that one.

There is nothing more wonderful than the gift to bring beautiful sounds from a hunk of something or other, especially the wind instruments.  My Husband also plays many instruments, and my favourite is the flute, I have tried to learn that one, but can't get it to work properly for me  Sad Sad Sad.  Oh well, one day, I may be out the back with the accordian and the flute too!!!  Have a wonderful and beautiful day on this greatest of planets, Earth.  Cindi
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« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2007, 07:35:57 PM »

OK.  I just counted.  Looks like 14 guitars total, not counting mandolins, banjos, baritone ukes, dulcimers, drums, keyboards, harmonicas, etc.

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« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2007, 09:46:27 PM »

Michael, nope, not completely happy yet......Now I want you to tell me where on earth you find a place for all this wonderful stuff.  Consider yourself a very fortunate person to possess all these instruments.  That is truly amazing. 

Another instrument that I am in love with is the harmonica.  That brings the most beautiful music to my mind as well.  Michael, I am so curious.  Why do you have so many instruments, you say that you are not that good at some of them, but I really bet that you are just being modest.  Anyone who would have this many instruments would have to have an ability to play pretty fine in my eyes.  But tell me why you are so interested, unless it is your top secret, hee, hee  grin Lips Sealed Wink Smiley Smiley  Have a wonderful day, play to your heart's content, music is the most wonderful part to the soul of the human being.  Cindi
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« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2007, 06:42:59 AM »

>Now I want you to tell me where on earth you find a place for all this wonderful stuff.

I don't. Most of them are in the living room on the floor and you have to walk around them.  Smiley

> Consider yourself a very fortunate person to possess all these instruments.  That is truly amazing.

I do.  Some of them are amazing.

>Why do you have so many instruments, you say that you are not that good at some of them, but I really bet that you are just being modest.

Being adequate enough to play along with someone and being good enough to consider yourself "good" are two different things.  I can play the piano (and have since I can remember) but I'm not very good at it.

>Anyone who would have this many instruments would have to have an ability to play pretty fine in my eyes.

I finger pick a guitar very nicely.

> But tell me why you are so interested, unless it is your top secret

I love to play and sing. Folk, blues, gospel, rock.  I like most everything except rap and heavy metal.
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« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2007, 09:30:39 AM »

Michael, good, you have now satisfied my curiosity.  If there was one thing (well, actually there are hundreds) that I could have learned to do, would have been to play the piano, that was just not my gig growing up as a rebellious young girl in my parent's home.  BUT.....my Brother took those lessons, and he is an accomplished piano player these days.  I wish that I could turn back some of the hands of time, and have taken those lessons, along with my Brother.  He plays his piano for me when I am there and I can sit for hours, mesmorized by this beautiful, beautiful piece of artwork.  He plays for me "The Sting".  That is the most beautiful song.

When his oldest Daughter got married, he composed a beautiful song for her (and for his next down Daughter too) on the piano and played it at her wedding reception.  What a gift to give to one's child as they enter into that new path in their lives.  It brings a big lump in my throat right now, remembering the beauty of this desertation (is that the word) that he played for his girl on that beautiful day in her life.  Oh rats!!!!  Ramblin' and off topic.  Have a wonderful and beautiful day, best of this life.  Cindi

Michael, keep on playing those instruments, consider yourself a lucky man!!!!!
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« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2007, 06:59:45 PM »

The thing I used to love about the Piano was you used to find them everywhere.  You could sit down and play most anytime or anywhere if there wasn't anything to do and you wanted to pass the time.  That doesn't seem to be true anymore.
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« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2007, 05:40:16 PM »

I'm adding another song to the list of songs you can stream by me, though this is not perfect, I was so tired of re-recording it, so with amazing grace I hope you all can bear to listen to me play Amazing Grace!   Wink

I have a few small errors, but I play enough that you can get an idea how that arrangement by my accordion teacher sounds, you can watch the video here.
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« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2007, 10:23:20 PM »

Cleggs.  What a piece of beautiful work.  I really need to say, how many people in this world would have the guts and gumption to have a video taken of themselves and displayed for all to see.  I take my hat off to you, young man!!!!  I am proud of you.  You admit to some mistakes.  But these mistakes, I must tell you, were so small, they were barely worth even speaking about.  You are going to be an excellent accordion player, you have my greatest respect for sharing this special place in your heart with us.

Cleggs, you must keep on working hard with this musical instrument, it is a powerful one, and it shines through that you have a clear ability to play, and you must play to your heart's content.  Anytime that you want to bring these beautiful videos to our forum, I will be the first one (if no one else beats me to it), to watch you and listen, it makes my heart swell.  Have a wonderful and beautiful day on our planet, Earth, best of health wishes to us all.  Cindi
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« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2007, 02:09:48 PM »

oooh, accordion....the most central european instrument!

ah well, until you know how to play this one, you're not officially an accordion musician Tongue



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oh, and i think this is #1 played instrumental song?composition...or something.

to try staying ON-topic.
unfortunately i don't play it, neither am planing to, but i know quite a few people that do, many of them are young, like you and me so you're not the only one;) actually i have 4 colleges that play it.
anyways, i don't play any instrument...
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my mother forced me to take 12 years of classical piano.  i hated it.  when i got older, i realized what a great gift it was to have some ability to play an instrument.  i also played a little accordion just because my mother had one and i found it easy to pick up with the piano background.

both boys took music lesson.  oldest didn't stick with it, but youngest ended up being very good on the trombone smiley.  thank god we had a barn to hide in when he was starting out!

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« Reply #21 on: November 15, 2007, 12:41:01 AM »

>>music and math are two languages that require no interpretation.

And still there are so many illiterate.
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« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2007, 01:39:02 AM »

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ah well, until you know how to play this one, you're not officially an accordion musician
Actually, that is very easy accordion, and it has the help of backup instruments.  I have a Roland baking station (JS-5) that will generate the same effects (only sound much better) with me hardly needing to play.  I currently don't have a way to easily record my playing with that so I have recordings of me playing solo.

I'm very glad that I am able to play a musical instrument, I'm the only one in my family who does and it feels really good being able to create the music, rather then needing to take what other people want to give me.

I've never met one person in my generation that plays the accordion, I wonder how you came to run across so many Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2008, 07:58:35 PM »

Another video, I made a mistake with the switches but didn't have time (or didn't feel like) to record another version or edit it out, so you'll have to pretend the pause wasn't that long  Wink

This is Red River Valley and You are my Sunshine combined into one song.

You can stream the video here.
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« Reply #24 on: January 14, 2008, 11:26:10 PM »

Clegs, oh that was so beautiful.  I could hear you beautifully, so beautifully, but there was no visual of you, was it to be that way?

When I heard you playing, it took me back to my young girl days.  I had taught myself how to play the accordian, I think I probably told you that before in this thread.  Red River Valley and You are My Sunshine were two that I played as well.  They are timeless songs, beautiful songs, and you did more than a most beautiful playing of these two songs.  I listened and I listened, going back years and years in my mind's eye.  You are becoming a very good accordian player, yeah!  Have a wonderful and the most beautiful day.  Cindi
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« Reply #25 on: January 14, 2008, 11:57:07 PM »

Yes, there are supposed to be visuals.  I had a camera set-up and I recorded myself.
Try loading it again, maybe in a different browser or update flash.

Glad to hear that you liked it Cheesy
I love playing music arranged by my accordion teacher, he's amazing!

Although I may not be much to look at, my accordion is sure beautiful!  I wish I could find a way to record the music from my backing station with me playing it, but I probably need to get a mixer first.
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« Reply #26 on: January 15, 2008, 12:03:36 AM »

My Grandpa playes the accordion, but he playes just about every instrument imaginable.  I play the French horn, and I play the mellophone in my high school marching band.  I also have a guitar(which I'm going to learn how to play someday), a mandolin (which I'm also going to learn how to play), a piano (I can only play that a little) and a ukulele(which my Grandpa made, and I can't play).  Clegs, I can't watch your videos tonight because my family is asleep, but I look formard to doing that tomorrow.
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« Reply #27 on: January 15, 2008, 12:29:44 AM »

My grandpa played the accordion too, that's how I got started.
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« Reply #28 on: January 15, 2008, 08:45:53 AM »

Ooooh Clegs.  I looked at the video again, yes I saw the picture this time, my computer is new and improved and I can see stuff now.  You have done an excellent job of this, your playing was wonderful and you play well.  Excellent, and your accordian is a beauty.  For that matter, you are a good looking dude too, and I like your curly hair.  Have a wonderful day, keep working on these pieces of music and bring more of it for us to see, I loved every moment of it.

Amanda, you are a talented young woman to have these musical instruments that you are involved with too.  Yeah!!!!

Have a wonderful and beautiful day, Cindi
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« Reply #29 on: January 15, 2008, 09:36:34 PM »

I played the accordian for 3 years, it took that long before my parents realized I was never going to be able to keep time.
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« Reply #30 on: January 15, 2008, 11:46:47 PM »

Yes, one of the first things I was given was a metronome Cheesy
You should still be able to play waltzes, most of those are played with more emotion and not a strict count.
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« Reply #31 on: January 23, 2008, 05:44:52 AM »

I've been playing the bluegrass banjo for 21 years (since I was Cool.  I played with the Southern Transfer Band out of Woodburn Oregon for 3 years semi-professionally.  I also play guitar, dulcimer, a little bit of mandolin, and am trying to learn the concertina (the hex squeeze box like pirates play in the movies).

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« Reply #32 on: January 23, 2008, 04:23:45 PM »

i played guitar until a slip of the pucket knife on a carving project made it impossible to play certain chords( severed a tendon im my index finger)  finger is pretty well repaired but doesnt have the dexterity to pull certain tighter chords in time,  one day i will pick up a steel guitar or a dobro which can be played without having to depend on the bending of that damaged digit:d so thats incentive to learn a new one.  remember to have fun with your playing 
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« Reply #33 on: January 24, 2008, 12:46:49 AM »

Yes, one of the first things I was given was a metronome Cheesy
You should still be able to play waltzes, most of those are played with more emotion and not a strict count.

I tried a metronnome, didn't work too well for me.  My Waltzes always sounded like Polkas.
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