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Jeremyh

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I just thought I would check in.

I have played the mandolin for a while but picked up an accordion in October to see if I get on with it. Mandolinists all have volume envy when it comes to accordions. The accordion is a Frisco 120 bass, I am not sure how old but the styling looks sixties.

I am enjoying it quite a lot at the moment, just being able to sustain a note is a bonus, never mind the left hand. Currently I am learning from the Liberty Bellows site and Karen Tweed's Absolute Beginners book. Karen's book suits me particularly well for now as I play a lot of UK folk and that's what the tunes in there are, so I know a lot of them already.

One other thing that helps is that our community band has a Monday Whatsapp meetup where we post ourselves playing tunes, this provides an incentive to progress (and means you can have lots of goes recording the tune):)
 

Pipemajor

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I just thought I would check in.

I have played the mandolin for a while but picked up an accordion in October to see if I get on with it. Mandolinists all have volume envy when it comes to accordions. The accordion is a Frisco 120 bass, I am not sure how old but the styling looks sixties.

I am enjoying it quite a lot at the moment, just being able to sustain a note is a bonus, never mind the left hand. Currently I am learning from the Liberty Bellows site and Karen Tweed's Absolute Beginners book. Karen's book suits me particularly well for now as I play a lot of UK folk and that's what the tunes in there are, so I know a lot of them already.

One other thing that helps is that our community band has a Monday Whatsapp meetup where we post ourselves playing tunes, this provides an incentive to progress (and means you can have lots of goes recording the tune):)
Welcome Jeremy. You've come to the right place. There are quite a few of us here in Essex so you're not alone ☺️ , though folk isn't my personal thing, I'm sure there will be other like minded folkies :unsure:
 

Dingo40

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Welcome Jeremy!🙂
When I was choosing an instrument to play, I first tried guitar.
I found holding down the strings played hell with my left hand fingertips.
I then went for piano accordion because:
•I liked the sound.
•It was portable.
•I didn't need to retune it constantly.
•It was kind to my hands.
•It was independent of a power source.
•It had melody and accompaniment in one instrument.
•I could access a teacher close by.
•A huge amount of music scored for the instrument was readily available.

I'm sure you'll be pleased with it!🙂
 

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