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I love him. Very emotional for me... This video is from a Carlo Venturi Memorial.
 

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Dingo, that video is what made me want to switch to CBA. I love that tune, and play it almost every day now. I add a simple bass part though. I looked into purchasing an organetto Bolognese (I think that's what it's called) but haven't found one for sale to date. Probably all the better because I really don't need another accordion. (Is that allowed to be said here??)
 

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Yup, we've seen these, they are still great if you like this kind of thing, which I do. Thanks Dingo and Ric.
 

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Dingo, that video is what made me want to switch to CBA. I love that tune, and play it almost every day now. I add a simple bass part though. I looked into purchasing an organetto Bolognese (I think that's what it's called) but haven't found one for sale to date. Probably all the better because I really don't need another accordion. (Is that allowed to be said here??)
For anyone interested in playing this genre, there are at least 8 music books freely available for download on the net, mostly Carlo Venturi compositions (which I love) and a couple of others.
Here is the pdf of Ricordo to get you started :)
 

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To return to the original question: "Who needs left hand?"...
Of course every accordion player really needs the left hand, otherwise we get no sound. Operating the bellows is what turns pressing keys into sound and sound into music.
My experience is also that you have more control over an accordion when the bass part has enough weight in it. In a band (especially in an accordion orchestra) the bass side is not played (we have a special bass accordion for that). I once tried to lighten my load by removing the bass reed blocks from my heavy (18kg) accordion. It didn't work at all: the accordion became unbalanced and the left hand side was too light to control properly for things like bellow shake and possibly ricochet.
 

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regarding removal of the bass reed-blocks....

a curious side-affect of Mexican Music is that stolling pseudo mariachi bands are/were
extremely popular especially in tourist areas

Bajo Sexto handles the bass, Guitar, Trumpet, Violin, and the Diatonic Accordionist

now these musicians were often mostly amateurs, and often they decided
to join a band and learn to play when an instrument was thrust into their
hands and their Uncle (the trumpet player) was whispering in their ear
explaining to them how we can make some money

as you can imagine, a TON of old Hohners were passed around and loaned out
around Juarez and if you open them up, you will find the bass blocks have
(in most cases) been removed and holes blocked out

it was explained to me that, it being difficult to NOT press a bass button
when playing for many boys drifting half to sleep with the repetition,
it was safer to just remove them to avoid accidents, as on occasion
Bajo Sexto players would become very angry and even cause injury
to the accordionists

the role of the accordion in these bands is primarily rhythmic, and
to simply compliment whatever chord the Guitarist is playing
which is usually back and forth between 2 chords... you
can do it without actually ever learning to play the accordion
(as opposed to our meaning of learning to play)

as you might imagine, the $300 Hohner Panther is perfect for this market

now some Accordionists could sing better than their Uncles,
AND looked a lot better than their Uncles, and so
ended up in front of the bands, and so began to learn more about
being Musicians, and so graduated to Gabbanelli's WITH bass reeds intact
and even became famous and found their names gracing Accordions

it may have begun as a matter of necessity, poverty, opportunity
but it ended up with an entire Niche and some very good accordionists
and bands

los Tigres del Norte, los Lobo's, Ramon Ayala
 

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Beautifully played by you by the way. Chapeau 👍 :)

Thanks. I'm still working on getting everything smoother, working on bellows control and trying to come up with more interesting bass parts. I'm also listening to the originals to get the phrasing more authentic.
 
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