True. You have to do whatever works for you. Mr. Nunzio used to say that if you are comfortable and and you can play it that way 10 times, then keep it that way.Maybe not the best word for it, I guess. There are several commonly-accepted ways to play a chromatic scale, after all. But the one I feel like I see the most is largely what's used in the "Frosini Highlights" arrangements: Thumb on most white keys, 3rd finger on black keys, toss in the 2nd finger if you have two white keys in a row, use the 4th and 5th sometimes to finish up the run.
It's a consistent/logical way of doing it, but not always as speedy for me as I'd like.
I don't think I am familiar with that piece.Makes sense. Also explains his fondness for this sort of flashy chromaticism, which I understand is easier to execute quickly on CBA compared to PA.
I run into the same trouble trying to play (the presumably CBA-composed) Brise Napolitaine. That B section is murder on PA!
My copy does not have fingering on there, its an Alfred edition
I had a similar situation with "Swedish Italian Mazurka" by Frosini. I have two editions, both with a copyright date of 1933. One had fingering and the other had none. It could be that on was marketed for CBA players. (I made a re-arrangement so that the music would reflect the original key.)Interesting! My copy (and Zevy's too, it looks like) is also put out by Alfred, but it's probably a later edition.
This tune has made me much more aware that I need to work on my left hand A LOT more. But, it is carrying over to other songs that I play.
That's exactly the point, Nick. Working on these pieces will give you a lot of help with other pieces of music that you will play in the future.But, it is carrying over to other songs that I play. So, while I won't be programing Olive Blossoms on any concert stages, it is helping me play better when I play folk music for my friends and family. The left hand and bellows technique are also helping me when playing piano accordion. All in all, I'm loving the challenge.
There is a beautiful middle section in French Toast. Does anyone know where to get the sheet music from or if it is included in any of the accordion books with collections?Funny you should mention that. I don't remember whether I started to learn "Olive Blossoms" or Frank Marocco's "French Toast" first (both were a while ago), but I remember how playing a tricky left hand part in the second one went a lot easier than I would've expected.
Turns out that it is almost identical to a passage in the other one, and the left hand work I put in really did "carry over"!
I haven't been able to find a YouTube clip of Mr. Marocco himself playing "French Toast", but this one is a good example. Notice how the bass part at the very beginning is essentially the bass part to the Trio section of Olive Blossoms, moved down a 5th. I wonder if Frosini was an influence on its composition?
There is a beautiful middle section in French Toast. Does anyone know where to get the sheet music from or if it is included in any of the accordion books with collections?
Thanks Jeff, I looked at these sites and the book was available but I got it from ebay slightly cheaper and including a CD. Thanks for your advice. There's no way I would have known that it was in that collection. Interesting that it's called jazz. I would have thought it more likely to be found in a collection of french musette pieces.I have it in a collection titled "Frank Marocco - Jazz Accordion, book 2", published by Carisch.
In the States, SheetMusicPlus has it for sale: https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/jazz-accordion-vol-2-sheet-music/21334941
Across the pond, try Stretta: https://www.stretta-music.com/en/frank-jazz-accordion-2-nr-581138.html