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    I am an accordion player, and it is a beautiful instrument.  It really carries the stigma of being a "polka" instrument even though there are a lot of other styles of music that can be played.  I personally hate polka, so this is a bit discouraging.  Anybody else noticed this?

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    You hate polka? Inconceivable! I perform regularly in a local polka band during OktoberFest season, make a ton of money and have a great time. I'm not the accordion player (I sing in German and play tenor banjo)' but our accordion player can tear tha thing up. We not only do traditional polka music, but polka versions of "Sweet Home Alabama" (Sweet Home Bavaria), "Play that Funky Music, White Boy" (Play that Polka Music, Weiss Junge), and bunches more.

    I have heard accordion played in many other styles, but, to me anyway, it just seems to sound best when backed by an oompah beat.
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    • Graeca
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      wesg wrote:

       

      Thought you might like this. BTW the guy in the yellow shirt is Jimmy Smith Jr.

       

      Wes


      That guy has THE swingingest left hand of any squeezeboxer I've ever heard!


    • american sinner
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      This is not Polka. I'm no great accordionist. I play too many instruments really. But I love it. 

       


    • Neal
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      Now THAT'S good accordion type music. Accordion and uke, both misunderstood and under-used instruments.

      Really, great tune.

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    I think we are seeing a growing resurgence of any small self contained instrument that can be easily transported. Back-packer style guitars, Cajons, harmonicas, and yes, accordions.

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      I know this thread is old as dirt, but it all depends who ya ask. Is the accordion dead, nope.






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      • #5
        I thought accordions made a comeback.

        =O.

        Are ukeleles ever going to go away?

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          I know a few folks that play accordion or concertina.

          I was told that this is the shop in the area to shop for one.


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          • #7
            Originally posted by Mikeo View Post
            I know this thread is old as dirt, but it all depends who ya ask. Is the accordion dead, nope.
            It's old and it's silly. The poster apparently had never run into zydeco, Cajun, cajunta, Tex Mex, Los Lobos, or John Mellencamp! Hard to believe, but posting the question here probably perked him up.
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              Originally posted by Delmont View Post

              It's old and it's silly. The poster apparently had never run into zydeco, Cajun, cajunta, Tex Mex, Los Lobos, or John Mellencamp! Hard to believe, but posting the question here probably perked him up.


              Amen


              I actually know a local guy that plays accordion, he's really busy, so he doesn't play out very much.

              I ran into this retired guy that dropped into the local Celtic art museum fiddle jam on a Saturday more. Come to find out he was a semi retired anesthesiologist from Albany NY. He would just hear the melody one time through and join in. I was super impressed, but he had been playing a concertina for like 60 years.

              He said he works every day, cause being an anesthesiologist he was still in high demand.


              Never saw him again.








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              • #9
                Not speaking so much about the instrument specifically but I've acquired a couple of "Accordion" amps lately that are really cool on guitar.

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                • #10
                  The accordian has been much maligned, but it has its place in many styles of music, even backing Vince Gill!
                  check at ~2:35...but really the whole vid is worth watching!
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                    love it! Had been hearing about the Time Jumpers but hadn't yet checked them out.

                • #11
                  Anyone that only associates accordian with Lawrence Welk just lives too far from Lousiana- or South TX. I subbed in the band of a country Cajun star for a few shows, found out that an accordion (in that case a Cajun button accordion) run into a big sound system is a massive-sounding beast. And the music has a drive all it's own. The artist moved to LA in the late 80's and attracted quite a bit of curiosity and attention, even recruited Albert Lee on guitar and jammed with David Sanborn on the Night Music TV show. Accordians haven't taken over the world, but I think they have at least lost some of their stigma.

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