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Old 04-28-2008, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Denton, TX
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I just bought an accordion off eBay on a whim. It should be arriving in about a week or so. Are there any accordion players here? If so, can you give me any tips or pointers to start me off? I've been looking all over my area for accordion lessons, and I can't find them (shocker, eh?), so I think I'll be teaching myself. Haha.
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Old 04-28-2008, 01:19 PM
 
Location: England/Wales
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Best of luck!! Probably the most frustrating, annoying, and difficult piece of kit the human race has been subjected to..I know a couple of concertina players that run away from the things like the plague was chasing them...
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Old 04-28-2008, 02:00 PM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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The only accordion player I know of would be Weird Al Yankovic from Lynwood, CA. Maybe you can get some sheet music of his at the very least. He's great!
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Old 04-28-2008, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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Best of luck!! Probably the most frustrating, annoying, and difficult piece of kit the human race has been subjected to...
Not to mention you have to tap dance while playing "Lady Of Spain" at the same time

I'm sorry, I'm sorry - I couldn't resist

Seriously have fun and best wishes to your musical adventure
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Old 04-29-2008, 04:51 AM
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Location: Lincoln, UK
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The only accordion player I know of would be Weird Al Yankovic from Lynwood, CA. Maybe you can get some sheet music of his at the very least. He's great!
That's true - he's very funny. They play a lot of his covers on the radio here.

I saw a band called A Hawk and a Hacksaw support Portishead a few weeks ago and they had a brilliant accordion player.

My mum had an ancient one when I was younger, but it was so heavy I could barely lift it, and the leather straps were deteriorating so they used to malt all over the carpet. I used to leave it on the floor and just squeeze/ stretch one end of it while randomly pressing keys and buttons. They're so complicated with all the little buttons!
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Old 05-08-2008, 04:17 PM
 
Location: bonnie,scotland
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I just bought an accordion off eBay on a whim. It should be arriving in about a week or so. Are there any accordion players here? If so, can you give me any tips or pointers to start me off? I've been looking all over my area for accordion lessons, and I can't find them (shocker, eh?), so I think I'll be teaching myself. Haha.
Iplayed a Acorrdian .but couldnt read the music i could only play by ear ........it was in a orange band .in scotland

YouTube - How to Play the Accordion: Free Online Music Lessons for Beginners : Part 1: How to Play "Jambalaya" on the Accordion
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Old 05-08-2008, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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In almost every major city, there's no shortage of Celtic musicians. I would imagine this is even the case in Dallas. Try to make contact with one of those circles and hopefully someone can point you in the right direction for lessons or at least toward a fellow player who can give you some tips.
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Old 05-08-2008, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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I can't give any tips about getting lessons, but love to see Flaco Jimenez play the accordion (he was part of the Texas Tornadoes, and has also played in several Dwight Yoakam songs). There are a couple other musicians that can make the accordion sing, but they are rare, from what I've seen.

Here are a few clips that feature Flaco Jimenez on the squeezebox:


YouTube - The Mavericks - All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down (Video)

YouTube - Los Lobos (w/ Flaco Jimenez) 'Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio' '88

YouTube - texas tornados_who where you thinking of

YouTube - Texas Tornados - Dinero

YouTube - Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens' Streets Of Bakersfield

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Old 05-08-2008, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Hmm, I think I'm gonna start a new thread: "Most rockin' use of accordion in a rock/pop song"
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Old 05-08-2008, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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For a different flavor, Jo-el Sonnier is another amazing accordion player that I forgot about in my earlier post:


YouTube - Jo-el Sonnier- Tear Stained Letter

YouTube - Eddy Raven & Jo-El Sonnier- Fais Do-Do

YouTube - Jo-el Sonnier
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