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Dick Rees

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One box for all. Stubborn, lazy or crazy?
« on: March 16, 2019, 04:39:04 PM »

I have had a fair assortment of boxes and appreciate the different "fits" of keyboard layouts, chords and pitches, but in playing for my own enjoyment I still feel the music best on a 21/8 Erica or Pokerworks.  Other than tunes whose character relies heavily on a particularly unavailable chord sequence, I find the trial-and-error search and the opening up to new/different harmonic possibilities to be an adventurous quest and if I have to I can always pick up my 60 bass Weltmeister PA or my Melodica.  Otherwise it's a G/C box for my idle hours.  I love the challenge of using a single box, I guess, and revel in the thrill that comes when the tune reveals itself and the box sings.

That said, I'm having a ball with the latest acquisition...a C/F Preciosa direct from Bavaria. Thanks, Peter!

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Re: One box for all. Stubborn, lazy or crazy?
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2019, 05:44:00 PM »

Very welcome Dick - glad to see it has found a good home over there.
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Re: One box for all. Stubborn, lazy or crazy?
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 06:05:26 PM »

I am currently working out all kinds of weird stuff on a G/C/Acc Benny.  I am toying with the idea of a chromatic button accordion with 80 or 120 basses.  Must. Resist. MAD.
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Re: One box for all. Stubborn, lazy or crazy?
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2019, 06:12:00 PM »

Very welcome Dick - glad to see it has found a good home over there.

It seems you taught it a lot of Irish music...
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Re: One box for all. Stubborn, lazy or crazy?
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2019, 06:25:16 PM »

I am currently working out all kinds of weird stuff on a G/C/Acc Benny.  I am toying with the idea of a chromatic button accordion with 80 or 120 basses.  Must. Resist. MAD.

I'm doing a lot of older modal fiddle stuff from Scandinavia in D on the G/C.  This AM I ran through a version of the Wexford carol in G a la John Renbourns recording and two tunes from Orsa after Björn Ståbi and Pers Hans:  Orsavalsen and Til Far, the first on the outside row and the second in Am, original fiddle key for either would have been D-ish*.  I've also a version of the First of May hornpipe left over from my fiddling days, original key of A-ish*, now in D. 

Unfortunately, the Luddite in me balks at recording, but I can do the dots.

*Contains both M and m thirds as well as flatted 7th and such.
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Re: One box for all. Stubborn, lazy or crazy?
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2019, 08:06:07 PM »

For me, the truth is that two rows are pure fun.
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