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Can't Believe I just did this... bought an accordion!

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  1. jerwynn

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    All my life, I've had two unfulfilled bucket listers with music... accordion and bagpipes. (I'm a retired music teacher... primary instruments: piano/organ, brasses - playing tuba now on that front... and a whole shtload of folk instruments.) Somehow the winter doldrums just got to me and I found this FANTASTIC little store/business in Philadelphia wholly dedicated to accordions... so I bit!

    The thing is, it shoots and shuts down my allowance through October!!! PAD and TAD will be off limits! (Unless I win the lottery!) I've never gone that long without yielding to temptation. Let's call it The Great Experiment!

    “Deep peace of the running wave to you.
 Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
 Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
 Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
    Deep peace of the infinite peace to you." - Fiona Macleod
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  2. owen

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    Thats awesome, I have been wanting a concertina for a long time and also must stop buying pipes.

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    Congratulations, man. Always nice to pick up another instrument or language, good luck not buying anything else until October.

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    May you learn to play as well as Weird Al Yankovich!

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    Awesome! I love the sound of a well-played accordion. Zydeco, Norteno, and Newfie music are among my favorites, and you can't have those without the accordion. Here's to years of joy learning a new friend.

    A man who serves his country is a patriot. A man who serves his government is an employee. The two are not always the same thing.
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    Good luck holding off on the PAD/TAD, I suggest every time you feel the itch, go play that thing till the urge passes

    Nowhere in the world will such a brotherly feeling of confidence be experienced as amongst those who sit together smoking their pipes
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  7. winton

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    Good luck on the music. PAD/TAD is easier to control if you get the money in cash and keep it in your sock drawer until you find something you really want. No $ = no new tobacco.

    Obviously, this is easier if you already have a lifetime or three's worth of tobacco.

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  8. tbradsim1

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    . Here's mine once owned and played by The King Of Zyedco
    Clifton Chenier, how I acquired it is a long story, will tell after a smoke and coffee. I also play the Cajun Accordion, not good but fair, Grandpaw played the keys off of them.

    The Old Cajun
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  9. bluegrassbrian

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    Theres a shop here in Louisville with a big selection of accordions..I like to look at them. I'm a drummer though so I can't playem.

    I DID see some bagpipes recently at an antique shop!
    I picked them up, gottem situated, and deftly played Mary Had a Little Lamb. It's basically a recorder... my friend I was with couldn't believe what she was seeing.

    Tobacco's a help because it clears the mind
    But like all your friends it is vilified
    They always say, the right amount's fine
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  10. cosmicfolklore

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    That's awesome! Good luck with the T and P ADs.
    I came to music late in life. I envy those that come to music naturally. It was about ten years ago I bought my first ukulele and then just a year or so later I picked up the banjo. I'm not great, but (as they say) if only the best birds sang, the woods would be silent.
    Enjoy!

    Michael
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    Well done! I play too, my one tip is to start by playing in front of the mirror! I did that for about a month before my left hand really knew what it was up to ha, you might not need to though...

    Isaac

    I don't really care if the cup is half full or half empty, I just want something to sip on.
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    Great! And good luck with the TAD!

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    Haha! That's not a thread title you see everyday, but it is pretty neat!

    ". . . I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul."
    - INVICTUS
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    I hope you paid accordiongly.

    Ubi Ignis Est?
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    Just had to squeeze that one in there eh Ashdigger? pushing buttons as usual...

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    Im a string player, been playing the uke since I was a kid, as well as the piano and guitar. I had an accordion for a long time, but like most instruments that I dont have the time to learn, I rehomed it to someone who could play it. I wish you luck in not buying anything!

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    I hope you paid accordiongly.

    Oh no you didn't!

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    If I could read music, the first instrument I would purchase would also be an accordion. I love all music that has an accordion playing in the background: Tex-Mex, polka, zydeco, Tejano, etc.

    My favorite accordion player is Flaco Jimenez.

    Click here ==> Flaco Jimenez on Youtube

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  19. ashdigger

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    Cabin Fever, Weird Al Yankovic plays the accordion too.

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    I am THRILLED AND DEELIGHTED with everyone's feedback!!! Wow!!! What fun!! And tbrad!! Clifton C's very own!!! Incredible!! I got my first exposure through German beer hall music and polka bands, but I love it all!! Maybe we all oughta get together and form the Mighty Pipes Magazine Forum Band!! Another excuse to both play AND talk smoke!! We could make all the shows, have our own tour bus, roadies, groupies and everything! Weeeeeeeee!!!

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  21. mso489

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    Aw, you're already an accomplished keyboard man, so you just have to adapt to this keyboard format. I'd say, you're far along in your accordion playing. Lot's of great music genres to dip into -- klesmer, Parisian cafe, Polka, and so much more. Accordions got tagged as some kind of corny old time thing, but I think that's gone by. A lot of people dancing to and attending performances of the different kinds of music.

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    YES! Always wanted an accordion, bagpipes, a glass harmonica, and a theremin.

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.
    -Edward Teach
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    In the 80s my good friend from Opelousas quit Exxon and moved back to his home town and bought a Bar next to a Pawn shop. He knew I played the Acordion and saw one day a Piano Acordion bought it for 35$ , called me and I went to Opelousas and picked it up. A while later he calls and says a musician for Clifton had stole it and pawned it. I finally got thru to Clifton and talked to him, I said you remember the pretty lady whose ear ring you found while playing for New Year's Eve in Abbeville, he says I sure do, she had to give me a kiss to get it back. I said I'm her husband. I've bought your Acordion, and do you want it back? No he said I knew he had pawned it but not to who, keep it and if I ever need it I'll call you. So years pass, he dies and they start a Museum to Clifton. This year I will give it back to the Mesum. My friend did not make a go of the Bar and I was instrumental in getting him hired back on.

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    The Does Equis commercials have nothing on our resident Cajun. Brad Is the most interesting man in the world!

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    That is exactly what I was thinking ^^^.

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    "Here's mine once owned and played by The King Of Zyedco Clifton Chenier."

    Make that THE King of Zydeco, as there was no one better:

    Here's a link (The Cat's Dreamin') to one of my favorites by Mr. Chenier, a lovely, languid blues piece. Think blues and the accordion simply don't mix? Then this just might change your mind...

    Love Me, Love My Pipe
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  28. disinformatique

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    You should definitely get the accordion and perhaps get fewer pipes and tobacco?

    Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying, “I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.” One of the reasons behind this statement is that pipe smoking is meant to be a slow leisurely activity. It takes patience to smoke a pipe. Unlike cigarettes and cigars, there is a certain amount of technique to smoking a pipe. Where cigars and cigarettes can just be picked up, lit and puffed on, pipes require the development of a technique in order to get the best smoking experience.
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    Awesome! Talk about an unusual instrument. Videos are epic!

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    Absolutely cool! The accordion sounds like it would be so much fun to play.

    You're never too old to learn. I'd always been a string player (just about anything with strings since early childhood), but I've always been very slow writing music manuscript. Sometime past 40 I started learning keyboard. I'm not a natural nor virtuosic, but I could actually play parties (I don't ) and, thanks to modern computing power and an electronic keyboard, I can orchestrate very quickly now.

    I wish you success in "The Great Experiment."

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    My dad plays the accordion and, being Italian, there is one at every wedding! I love it!!!

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    @MSO- Klezmer is another genre that wouldn't be complete without the accordion. How could I forget that one?

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    Maybe we all oughta get together and form the Mighty Pipes Magazine Forum Band!! Another excuse to both play AND talk smoke!!

    Maybe there is some way to wedge a lit briar bowl in the grille, get the bellows to do the puffing!

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    The definition of perfect pitch?

    When you toss a banjo into a dumpster and it hits an accordion.

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    Jefff,

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    Cograts on your purchase. My grandfather played the accordion, I have fond memories of him sitting in his rocker playing german folk songs or playing Hail to the Chief when someone came through the door.

    "The value of tobacco is best understood when it is the last you possess, and there is no chance of getting more."
    Bismark
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYSK3_U5o5k

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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