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Author Topic: Pride, Plateaus, and Polkas... a crisis of character of a melodeon player  (Read 1812 times)

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catty

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... what I really need is something to shake me up and attract my fascination.

That's the aesthetic approach.  We can use aesthetics to guide us in a great many endeavors, music being one..

When you find a source of music that will sustain you - and that can be adequately executed on the box - the answers to these dilemmas kind of just reveal themselves organically, through aesthetic revelation.

I usually play a polka or two on box - as folks generally enjoy it.  However, it's not a form that I listen to.
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Gary Chapin

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"what I really need is something to shake me up and attract my fascination."

Surely, this is the key to learning?

My point exactly, but when you (I) get into the a bit of frustration, you sometimes hope to bull your way through it in a straight line ("Must. Accordion. Harder!")  That never works for me.
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You'll never go wrong by devoting time spent just listening, listening, listening to recordings of the tune played well.  It can be a single player/version or many players/versions.  Listen until it's "coming out your ears".  For me, if it ain't coming out my ears, it ain't coming out my hands...

Good luck, have fun.
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"For me, if it ain't coming out my ears, it ain't coming out my hands..."

Me too!
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Yes - listening. For me it's always been absolutely critical and without this it would be a bit like learning a foreign language from a book. Might know at least some of the words but whether they make sense or sound right...
Looking at the last couple of TOTMs for example, for me at least the dots don't give the real feel of the tunes - listening to recordings help me so much more (as does my knowledge of the mazurka form for Origin of the World).
And of course listening to and learning a new style of tune (whether one really likes it or not) can result in transferable skills.
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... what I really need is something to shake me up and attract my fascination.

That's the aesthetic approach.  We can use aesthetics to guide us in a great many endeavors, music being one..

Oh, I love it when a tune gets its hooks in me.
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