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Eureka 3
« on: January 16, 2011, 06:41:44 PM »

Eureka 3 moment

Andy Cutting workshop (Mendlesham 2010)   (Don't sacrifice the right hand for the left)

I hope I've got this right but Andy Cutting said he wouldn't sacrifice the quality of his right hand melody for the left hand. i.e. if a complicated clever bass run or sequence was detracting from the right hand performance then he would rather do without.

I have concentrated so much more on the sharpness of melody notes and feel of rhythm before bass structure.
I think Simon Care also said something about this at Witney a few years ago in terms of playing for dance. Right hand punctuation, rhythm and clarity is all important.

Sorry if some of this seems so obvious but it just hit me suddenly   :o



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Re: Eureka 3
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2011, 07:40:40 PM »

I've heard Andy say something similar, making the point that much traditional dance material is designed to have the rhythm carried by the melody, so if you can do that on your box, then you can use the left hand for something more interesting.
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2011, 06:34:22 PM »

Paddy O'Brien, accordionist in Minnesota, said something similar to me after a ceili in Minneapolis.  He really stressed to me that "precision" -- that was the exact word, repeated many times -- was the single most important thing a new player should be striving for.  Get the rhythm perfect.  Get the notes to fall exactly where they need to.  That's what drives the dancers.  I took it to heart, but it's a standard that I'm still working to live up to.
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