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What bellows shake or vibrato technique is this?

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I found a great performance here of Sous le Ciel de Paris where the artist is doing an intriguing type of shake or percussive tapping vibrato method. It's apparent what I'm referring to in the first few lines of the song.

I'd think it was a bellows shake just hearing it, but his right hand fingers are moving about in a way that has me confused.

As well, I can't quite tell if the vibrato sound is coming out the bass side or if it's isolated to the treble only. Anyone have any insight as to what's going on in this performance? Thanks.
 
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It doesn't look to me as if the bellows are involved at all. He appears to be very rapidly pressing and releasing the treble keys.
 

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I found a great performance here of Sous le Ciel de Paris where the artist is doing an intriguing type of shake or percussive tapping vibrato method. It's apparent what I'm referring to in the first few lines of the song.

I'd think it was a bellows shake just hearing it, but his right hand fingers are moving about in a way that has me confused.

As well, I can't quite tell if the vibrato sound is coming out the bass side or if it's isolated to the treble only. Anyone have any insight as to what's going on in this performance? Thanks.
It's tremolo at the begining, then he alternates fingers on the same note.
 

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It looks to me like he's using very rapid finger tapping movements to get the effect, not bellows. This is a common technique in piano- forte in genres such as " honky tonk ", but can also be found among accordion players such as here:
Needless to say, it's very difficult to shake a piano, but this technique is a very effective alternative !🙂
 
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It looks to me like he's using very rapid finger tapping movements to get the effect, not bellows. This is a common technique in piano- forte in genres such as " honky tonk ", but can also be found among accordion players such as here:
I thought as much, but hadn't seen this done before. There's no end to piano accordion advanced techniques and stylistic playing choices it seems. It's cool that he gets constant bass sound and a shake vibrato treble sound at the same time. Hot dogging!

Zevy, the triple-it, triple-it, triple-it taps later on are just as impressive.
 
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It looks to me like he's using very rapid finger tapping movements to get the effect, not bellows. This is a common technique in piano- forte in genres such as " honky tonk ", but can also be found among accordion players such as here:
Needless to say, it's very difficult to shake a piano, but this technique is a very effective alternative !🙂
Dingo, thanks, that's a great link, I couldn't see it before I replied. 1970 era ballad and country western takes on accordion. Love it! Wow.
 

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Hi guys, if you are talking about what happens at 0:12 and 0:15 seconds:
I wasn't sure when I watched it, but then I tried to do it on my accordion, and it's easy to do. It is a sort of a bellow shake:
Play a single chord in the left hand, and a single note on the right hand, play it very softly. Now while doing this, with your right hand note firmly in place, don't release it, start shaking your hand in a sort of up and down motion. The trick is to play very soft.
The stuff later on, at one minute, is fast repeated notes with alternating fingers.
This is a great version!
 
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I wouldn't call it a bellow shake though. More like vibrato, or tremolo.
 
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As others have said, it's a simple vibrato. In the beginning he get vibrato on some long notes by "shaking" his right wrist without letting go of the keys. That vibrates the treble side of the whole accordion, causing variation in air pressure, causing vibration in the sound.
At the end of the song he shakes his left hand, causing the whole bass side of the accordion to vibrate, causing vibration in the sound.
 

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