Over the last year I’ve gotten into three different systems: Right hand C system chromatic button accordion, Left hand C system Bassetti Free bass, and most recently the Moschino System Free bass. It has been a cool process, which has overall changed the way I approach the instrument itself.First of all, it has made me […]
RebelReed is accepting submissions for guest posts on accordion related subjects. If you are interested you can contact me here for more information. There it was, in my house. A Genuine Hohner Verdi IA. Or a 1A. I never quite got sure about that. I guess it didn’t matter whether or not the “I” was a Roman numeral. […]
RebelReed is accepting submissions for guest posts on accordion related subjects. If you are interested you can contact me here for more information. Back in the Mesozoic Era, when I was a college professor, I team taught a course in American Popular Culture with a guy I’ll call Tony. It was a night class, made up entirely of […]
Learn about the almost 100 accordions and thousands of other instruments that were donated to WQXR’s instrument drive. Photos and video.
Starting in September 2016, Jazz Mondays are three fantastic events for players of all levels. Held at Acme Accordion School in South New Jersey.
When things get stressful, tense and difficult, often the best thing is to warm yourself up with the basics: your body, your breathing, your sound.
Excerpt: In this first post for RebelReed, I’ll tell you a little bit about how I came to the accordion and some things I’ve learned along the way that have greatly influenced my playing and thinking as a musician…
Learn the 3 best free resources for play along tracks to jam and play Gypsy Jazz.
Learning transcriptions of what musicians play is probably the best way to learn jazz and improvised music. It is, however, very challenging. But many musicians, good musicians, use software that slows recordings down. Use YouTube Use the YouTube web player to slow the video down. You have 1/2 time and 1/4 time. The Best Program […]
Origins of Musette PARIS, 1880. Immigrants from a rural region of France called Auvergne settled in the Bastille district of Paris . These Auvergnats partied to music played on the bagpipe. The French industrial revolution of the 1880’s brought Italian immigrants, and their accordions, to these same Parisian working class neighborhoods.  The two cultures clashed […]