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Minor one-row question
« on: February 17, 2019, 08:53:27 AM »

For the past months I played various tunes on a one-row accordion with two basses. In a different thread I read this:

treating the basses/chords as a rhythmic, almost percussive accompaniment not necessarily using the 'correct harmonies'

I understand the idea, but find it a bit hard to do when playing tunes in minor mode. How do you play tunes in minor mode on a one-row accordion? Do you still play the basses?
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Re: Minor one-row question
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2019, 08:58:27 AM »

I don't, but instead I try to put in some right hand harmonies.
Some of those do work on a one row.
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Re: Minor one-row question
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2019, 09:15:08 PM »

I’ll still use the bass side on a one-row in a minor key, but less so. Usually the push bass/chord will work with the melody (for example, if playing in Em on a D box, the push D bass/chord will usually be appropriate). The bass/chord on the pull can also be used, although it certainly changes the feel and sound of the tune and often does not work. It’s better to use it very sparingly in these cases, if at all. Sometimes there are tunes that are somewhat ambiguous (is it Em or A?) where either key setting could work, and the pull bass/chord will work better here.
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