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deltasalmon

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Switching Instruments
« on: July 16, 2012, 01:57:00 PM »

Coming from one instrument to a new one and not as a new musician in general. What aspects of the melodeon should I focus on? I plan on buying a 2-row B/C accordion in the near future. I have several years of guitar and tenor banjo experience and know enough music to get by however the melodeon is a fairly different instrument. How would you recommend I focus my practice? Would scales be a good idea if for any other reason just to get my fingers and muscle memory used to the new instrument? Would it be a good idea to start learning some of the tunes I already know on banjo, trying to play by ear (or memory) so that I start getting used to the layout of the notes on the keyboard?

Just thought I'd ask on here about some basic do's and don'ts of practice habits.
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Re: Switching Instruments
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2012, 03:31:06 PM »

I came to the B/C box from the trumpet - so as a single note, melody instrument, I found it useful to work scales to develop muscle memory - in Irish music you'll play in the keys of D and G - so working those scales is helpful -

I have always intended to work the chromatic scale more but never seem to get around to it -

For learning tunes, what I did was just start with the set of popular session tunes out on the bbc virtual session and tunes that I liked - get the dots and start wood shedding - it's just muscle memory, start slow and gradually get faster -
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Re: Switching Instruments
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2012, 05:22:22 PM »

learn to play the box rather than particular tunes  - then the worlds your oyster!  To that end scales essential CGDAEF in that order but one at a time!  Also a good idea to have a go at tunes that are already in your head so that you can concentrate on the box rather than trying to remember a tune.

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