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Learning To Play The Melodeon - Video Blogs
« on: May 09, 2012, 04:45:25 PM »

Introduction  Video
http://youtu.be/Mnr1gXJJaHo
In this video I talk about why I do these videos and tell you a little bit about myself.

These video blogs are here for you to dip into or watch in chronological order if you want.  They show the learning experience of melodeon.net member Daddy Long Les from his first week onwards.
These are not meant to be melodeon lessons but may be of interest to you if you are starting out or if you are a teacher and want to see the common pitfalls of the beginner.
If you want to comment on any of these videos may I suggest that you create a new post as this area is locked.

I have to thank several people for their help and advice  - Lester Bailey, Martyn White, George Garside, Mcgrooger (Steve) and Theo Gibb the administrator of this site for allowing me to do this.

Here are the links to the videos with a brief description of what they contain – all tunes are in bold type:-

Blog 1 – May 31st 2011
http://youtu.be/P5L3fBXGL48
One week
I’m learning on a Hohner Erica DG melodeon – teaching myself armed with George Garside’s  DG melodeon book (available from George via eBay).
In this video – some simple tunes : Oh Dear What Can The Matter Be? | Blaydon Races | The Keel Row | The Black Velvet Band | Winster Gallop.
Apologies for the poor lighting in this video!

Blog 2 – June 1st 2011
http://youtu.be/uELpADFkCKg
One week and one day!
I talk about straps (1 or 2). Other types of melodeons.  Wet and dry tuning. Melodeon versus Piano accordion.  The names of the notes that the buttons produce and their relationship to one another.  Some right-hand chords.  The accidental buttons explained.  The notes and the chords that the left-hand buttons produce.

Blog 3 – June 5th 2011
http://youtu.be/rDlpUZK3n0U
Two weeks. 
Winster Gallop with left-hand – a different arrangement with some row-crossing.  Mental approach.  Muscle memory.  Bellow flapping problem.  Major scale formula/played up two octaves on both rows.  Good fingering.  Tones and semi-tones explained.  More right-hand chords.  The terms major and minor explained.  Inversions explained. 
The Waters Of Tyne – right-hand only waltz.

Blog 4 – June 7th 2011
http://youtu.be/fj9d-hhOvW0
Two weeks and a bit! 
When A Knight Won His Spurs – first tune I’ve figured out for myself – right-hand only with some twiddles (mordents?) in the key of D.  Advice about figuring out bass at the same time as the treble.

Blog 5 – June 12th 2011
http://youtu.be/TXTHkI4MSdM
Three weeks.
When A Knight Won His Spurs – with left-hand added (bass notes and bass chords played together).  Tasteful left-hand chord – Em with an A bass.  Balance of right and left hands discussed.  Leaving holes in the bass.  Treble and bass sides give you a kind of “stereo” effect.  Different positions – sitting, standing, adjusting straps, getting comfortable.

Blog 6 – June 13th 2011
Three weeks and a bit!
http://youtu.be/MSJNaRCxOrU
More on the names of the notes on the push and the pull. The range of the melodeon - three octaves on a standard DG.  The degrees of the major scale.  Acronyms to help you learn the names of the notes that the right-hand buttons produce. 

Blog 7 – June 21st 2011
Four weeks
http://youtu.be/VcqhQFGkBRs
Bobby Shafto in G with twiddles.  Right-hand harmonies from two buttons played at the same time.

Blog 8 – July 22nd 2011
Two months
http://youtu.be/TcXCFK6PlRw
Used GC Hohner Erica Melodeon purchased.  Better straps on both boxes. When A Knight Won His Spurs – now in G on GC box.  Updated Bobby Shafto.
The Bluebell Polka – a tune in 3 keys – G,D and C
DG Erica has had accidentals re-tuned to facilitate this tune.  The very unusual use of the right-hand thumb.

Blog 9 – August 5th 2011
Two and a half months
http://youtu.be/L90BULAh4aU
Better use of the air button.
Bobby Shafto – revisited.
Davy Nick Nack – choice of D chords and bass notes.
Harvest Home – right-hand only in D.
The Bluebell Polka  - complete.

Blog 10 – August 30th 2011
Thirteen weeks
http://youtu.be/0QjxY-wdXUU
Brighton Camp – very detailed explanation.  Reading musical notation versus tab. My new chart of notes on the stave.  Better use of the bellows.
When A Knight Won His Spurs – new bits including Em7 and Gsus4 chords.
Advice on practice.

Blog 11 – October 26th 2011
Five months
http://youtu.be/7UANaQCpzyI
In The Bleak Midwinter – in C on the GC box. 
Dm7  and Am added 2nd chord.
C F C turnaround.  Varying the volume and speed to add expression.

Blog 12 – October 26th 2011
Five months
http://youtu.be/PtspnYAthLk
The Zither Carol – on the DG box in varying time signatures (2/4 and 3/4). 
The unusual use of the left hand for a melody note.  Lots of row crossing.

Blog 13 – November 28th 2011
Six months
http://youtu.be/qNvo2xRjg2k
A new melodeon!! – a used Saltarelle Connemara III.  2.5 rows in DG.
Demo of this instrument.  Row crossing versus bellows direction changes discussed.
Silent Night  - on the Saltarelle in A removing thirds from the chords and using the extra bass buttons
The Zither Carol – on the Saltarelle.  Use of 2 medium reeds.  Thirds back in chords and low basses on left hand.
Hohner Erica versus Saltarelle Connemara III.
Warning about practicing for too long.

Blog 14 – April 18th 2012
Eleven months
http://youtu.be/7UzSiOdKAV0
Princess Royal on the Saltarelle. 
Lots of row crossing and use of extra “.5”row.
Strap adjustment.  Row crossing versus bellows direction changing discussed again.

Blog 15 – May 8th 2012
Eleven and a half months
http://youtu.be/vwYPJO2hPjM
The Ash Grove on the GC Erica. Row crossing and fingering technique.
Princess Royal  on the Saltarelle with a different right-hand technique – thumb round the back of the treble fingerboard.  Tighter bellows – less movement.  Use of guitar foot stool.  Staccato versus legato.  Use of lower reeds to drop pitch of tune.

Blog 16 - May 20th 2012
One Year
http://youtu.be/HJjggm1m2h0
This is my end of one year progress report - old and new footage to demonstrate any progress made.  The seven tunes I play are:- Oh Dear What Can The Matter Be? /Blaydon Races /The Keel Row /Winster Gallop / The Waters Of Tyne / Davy Nick Nack /Harvest Home - all gleaned from the tutor book I used when I started by George Garside.  I lost a couple of months due to illness and I hadn't played these pieces since I first recorded them but it gives you a fair indication of what I've managed to achieve in the year.  I wrap things up at the end with a short summary.

Blog 17 - May 25th 2012
One Year and a bit!
http://youtu.be/y9KzdOkSyZ4

Go straight to the good bits to cut out my wittering - see timings!

In this blog I demo my new acquisition  - a Dino Baffetti Oakwood Binci II and play an easy version of an Andy Cutting tune called Atherfield - right hand only (2:17) and with the left hand (15:11)

I also talk about minor sevenths, sevenths and major sevenths using my piano to make things a bit clearer (6:51)

Blog 18 - June 1st 2012
One Year and a bit more!!
http://youtu.be/t9Gl6Sgo00g

In this special Diamond Jubilee blog I play God Save The Queen in a lower key than usual (D as opposed to G) and I make good use of all those extra basses on my Saltarelle Connemara III.

Blog 19 - June 27th 2012
One Year and one month

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06hZ83KknqU

In this blog I play and talk about the fine old tune Staines Morris - in A minor on a GC box and then in E minor on a DG.  I discuss strap heights, get to play a bit of guitar and on the end there is a heart warming story!

All relevant music sheets etc. here

Blog 20 - September 6th 2012
One Year and three months

http://youtu.be/Hi2ZURYyxFM

In this blog I show you round my Sibylla Brand GCF melodeon and play you a simple tune at the end so you know what it sounds like.

The layout pdf is attached.
Here is a link to Owen's blog about this little box that he wrote earlier in the year:-
http://ukebert.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/inside-and-out-part-2-sibylla-brand-gcf/

Blog 21 - September 7th 2012
One Year and three months

http://youtu.be/qxfviIMXQKM

The British Grenadiers played partly cross row and partly up and down the row on a DG box in the key of G.

Music and instructions attached!

Blog 22 - September 10th 2012
One Year and three months

http://youtu.be/xJ03iMR3ICE

The Grenadier & The Lady I sing and play for the first time using my Saltarelle Connemara III.  Lots of crossrow stuff.  Music attached.

Blog 23 - September 12th 2012
One Year and three months

http://youtu.be/03w97BulIIo

Galopede I talk through the way I play this piece.

Blog 24 - October 21st 2012
One Year and five months

http://youtu.be/bAPGsfs8fKU

Silent Night In the key of A on my Hohner Compadre ADG.  You can download the dots from www.daddylongles.com

Blog 25 - October 23rd 2012
One Year and five months

http://youtu.be/BzTZSZTiUsk

The Bluebell Polka The A part played and explained using my Hohner Compadre ADG.  You can download the dots from www.daddylongles.com

Blog 26 - October 23rd 2012
One Year and five months

http://youtu.be/vJUZ4mX2BVE

The Bluebell Polka The B part played and explained using my Hohner Compadre ADG.  You can download the dots from www.daddylongles.com

Blog 27 - October 23rd 2012
One Year and five months

http://youtu.be/2STiwJ4Ivl8

The Bluebell Polka The C part played and explained using my Hohner Compadre ADG.  You can download the dots from www.daddylongles.com

Blog 28 - November 9th 2012
One Year and five and a half months

http://youtu.be/EltRniFwbds

Donkey Riding Played and explained on the DG cross-row  You can download the dots from www.daddylongles.com

Blog 29 - January 25th 2013
20 months

http://youtu.be/7xlMTUmaXSg

Donkey Riding (AGAIN!!) Played and explained on the DG but this time I play it on a single row and use four fingers for the left hand.  You can download the left hand exercise from www.daddylongles.com

Blog 30 - January 29th 2013 (My 60th birthday!!)
20 months

http://youtu.be/8NARI8C5ja8

Dunking Biscuits A song/tune written by me in 1995 played on my Hohner Corona Xtreme IIIN. You can download the dots from www.daddylongles.com

Blog 31 - April 4th 2013
22 months

http://youtu.be/ZHMmGy0LogY

Shepherd's Hey & Washing Day Two one-row tunes learnt from JK's DVD - both played on two-row instruments

Blog 32 - April 4th 2013
22 months

http://youtu.be/mh-JuEfN9Pg

Don't Call Pluto A Planet My own tune played in C on a G/C Erica

Blog 33 - April 4th 2013
22 months

http://youtu.be/NJPbba0fw7g

Madame Fifi My own tune played on a Sibylla Brand box from the 1930's.  This is from a production of "Allo Allo" that I am appearing in!

Blog 34 - May 21st 2013
2 Years

http://youtu.be/5TmfhWRlpSg

Norma My own tune played on a Dino Baffetti.  I also play my Pluto tune on a Hohner Corona IIIN Xtreme and a Roland FR-18 and discuss the merits and otherwise of the latter.  I sum up two years with the melodeon.

Blog 35 - June 11th 2013
2 Years and Three Weeks

http://youtu.be/YJ598TBtOhY

I show you my latest box - a Hohner 1040C one row.  I play seven tunes. Home Sweet Home; Bobby Shafto; Wooden Heart; Oh Susannah; The Keel Row; Auld Lang Syne; Skip To My Lou
Jump to 6:44 to avoid my wittering!!

Blog 36 - July 6th 2013
2 Years and 1 Month

http://youtu.be/Dym5vn4STUo

Silent Night on the Hohner Corona IIIN Xtreme GCF recorded for melnet member btracy

Blog 37 - August 19th 2013
2 Years and 3 Months

http://youtu.be/cYav4yWyQyg

When The Boat Comes In on the Hohner Corona IIIN Xtreme GCF
tab at www.lestitford.com

Blog 38 - September 3rd 2013
2 Years and 3.5 Months

http://youtu.be/BG7auPFt2qI

Drunken Sailor on the Dino Baffetti DG (in E minor) and on the Hohner Corona IIIN Xtreme GCF in D minor.  I use the accidentals in this blog.

Blog 39 - October 16th 2013
2 Years and 5 Months

http://youtu.be/RVn2ZbXchCk

Tom Dooley Played and explained on a GCF (key of C) and on a DG (key of D).  This blog is in response to a request from a melnet member who lives in Holland who plays a CF box.  Music for GCF and CF melodeon at www.daddylongles.com

Blog 40 - October 16th 2013
2 Years and 5 Months

http://youtu.be/ud-T6sxmuAc

In The Bleak Midwinter Played and explained on an ADG (key of D).  I also play the same tune on a GCF (key of F) and on a DG (key of G).  At the end of the blog you can hear an audio recording that I made of me playing the tune in G on an Erica with some added acoustic guitar.  This is the second time I've dealt with this tune (see also Blog 11) -  as you may have gathered, it's a favourite of mine!!  Sheet music available in D,F,G and C for various types of boxes at www.daddylongles.com

Blog 41 - June 11th 2014
3 Years

http://youtu.be/f0UlyADg8lg

All Creatures Of Our God And King Played and explained on a Hohner Compadre ADG (key of D). 

Blog 42 - July 1st 2014
3 Years and 1 Month

http://youtu.be/j3l0KwaVw0U

The Grand Old Duke Of York Played and explained on four different boxes (1, 2 and 3 row) and in four different keys.  Amongst other things, I deal with "fudging" the tune if you don't have the low note necessary and adding in a simple right-hand harmony.

Blog 43 - July 7th 2014
3 Years and 1 Month

http://youtu.be/-KsmeCUOOt0

The Grand Old Duke Of York - Part Two This time I play and explain it in the upper octave of a Hohner 1040C and a Hohner Corona Xtreme IIIN GCF (Key of G)

Blog 44 - July 16th 2014
3 Years and 2 Months

http://youtu.be/SUzrmzGyeew

Clementine Played and explained on a Hohner Corona Xtreme IIIN GCF (Key of G)

Blog 45 - July 21st 2014
3 Years and 2 Months

http://youtu.be/UW5mHD2yvEI

Camptown Races Played and explained on a Hohner 1040C one-row box.

Blog 46 - July 21st 2014
3 Years and 2 Months

http://youtu.be/AUZPoVispyk

Camptown Races (again!) Played and explained in G on a Dino Baffetti Binci DG box.

Blog 47 - July 21st 2014
3 Years and 2 Months

http://youtu.be/DvS-aUXsCO4

Camptown Races (yet again!) Played and explained in D on a Dino Baffetti Binci DG box.

Blog 48 - July 22nd 2014
3 Years and 2 Months

http://youtu.be/BgaOsxuAqPs

Camptown Races (last one!) Played and explained in F on a Hohner Corona Xtreme IIIN GCF box.  I also take you for a quick "trip" round the box at the end to demo all the different reed options.

Blog 49 - October 13th 2014
3 Years and 5 Months

http://youtu.be/dVIFhjoO2MU

Boulevard Saint-Michel Played and explained on a Hohner Compadre ADG box.  This is an original tune of mine.

Blog 50 - October 13th 2014
3 Years and 5 Months

http://youtu.be/kXSKR8orbCA

Boulevard Saint-Michel Played and explained on a Hohner Corona Xtreme IIIN GCF box plus a Sybilla Brand GCF box.  This is an original tune of mine that I featured in Blog 49.

Blog 51 - October 20th 2014
3 Years and 5 Months

http://youtu.be/u-0VhC15RzE

Brahms' Lullaby Played and explained on a Hohner Compadre ADG and a Hohner Xtreme IIIN GCF. 

Blog 52 - October 27th 2014
3 Years and 5 Months

http://youtu.be/2OLckA3gWd4

The Third Man Played and explained on a Hohner Compadre ADG  - have some fun with your accidentals!

Blog 53 - October 3rd 2016
5 Years and 4 Months

https://youtu.be/SN1dgOyF4C4

I explain my absence over the past two years and talk about the work I am going to have done to my Hohner Erica.

Blog 54 - October 12th 2016
5 Years and 4 Months

https://youtu.be/9gzEIldbQ3I

My Hohner Erica has returned and I show you round it

Blog 55 - October 12th 2016
5 Years and 4 Months

https://youtu.be/FNMV4QMLn9A

A new box - a Saltarelle Pastourelle 2

Blog 56 - November 24th 2016
5 Years and 6 Months

https://youtu.be/HCCbjo1AUag

A new strap arrangement!


Blog 57 - December 18th 2016
5 Years and 7 Months

https://youtu.be/2-rrm0CwigI

I show you round my Castagnari Lily in DG


Blog 58 - December 21st 2016
5 Years and 7 Months

https://youtu.be/t5fC0Fcqhh4

I show you Alex Browne's wonderful Diatonic Liaisons book which I received in the post yesterday.


Blog 59 - December 31st 2016
5 Years and 7 Months

https://youtu.be/NZDoRULj5Po

Following on from my last blog, I show you Isleworth Bridge on a DG Castagnari Lily which was the first tune that Andy Cutting wrote for the melodeon.


Blog 60 - January 9th 2017
5 Years and 7 Months

https://youtu.be/IeTpWG_CQHI

The saga of the straps continues!


Blog 61 - January 12th 2017
5 Years and 7 Months

https://youtu.be/OnqK-F1-aPg

I talk about my new project - learning The Abbess by Andy Cutting.


Blog 62 - March 9th 2017
5 Years and 9 Months

https://youtu.be/nxI0SsBgQfs

New work done on my GC Erica and my DG Lily plus a couple of tunes - Valse Triste and Dashing Away With The Smoothing Iron.

Blog 63 - May 22nd 2017
6 Years (and one day!!)

https://youtu.be/MgZLm1DOl78

Another Dino Baffetti Binci!  Also I show you my Morris Crib Cards which may give you an idea if you struggle with all those pesky As and Bs.
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