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39 The new passion...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

So I got my accordion yesterday - wow! When I left if to this old man for repairing, he said that it would be a couple of weeks – that´s why I went to the library and borrowed all the books about accordions to learn more while waiting...

And when I found that the first swedish accordion was built in my village, I had to phone this guy to ask if he knew – as he had read the same book as me, he did. But he also told me that my accordion was fixed and I could come and get it. We had a performance with the theatre yesterday and I just could not wait to be finished because I wanted to get home and start practising.

It was much harder than I had anticipated - I must laugh at myself because I am such an optimist! I had somehow imagined that it would be rather painfree - I would master it slow but steady.

And that is probably what will happen but I had not thought about the frustration when my fingers simply wont obey. My left hand behaves really clumsily and it will surely be a while before I can combine left and right hand in a good way. But I am lucky to be able to read notes because I found a very simple waltz in a piano beginners book - and after that I managed to pick out the waltz that every accordion player in Sweden plays - I understand why because it is really simple. My problem now is that I don´t know the name of the bass buttons, and my ear is not good enough to find the right ones all the time. I guess internet will be my saviour as always, I have already used a "Fast track accordion lesson" from Youtube - I think the gentleman who has made it is either australian or english I don´t think he is american.

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    Best wishes with your new passion! Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm with us.
    1341 days ago
    I hope you appreciate your own wonderful capacity to be enthousiastic about learning and doing new things. This is so special about you.
    1342 days ago
    emoticon What a wonderful way to stay Mentally Active!! And you give others a Great Blessing with the music. I can't wait to see your Video Blog!
    1342 days ago
    emoticon that must be fun, and you can probably learn pretty quick too
    talented as you are. emoticon

    1342 days ago
    Some of my fondest memories from my childhood, before TV, were family gatherings at Grandma's or an Aunt or Uncles house, the Lithuanian side of the family. The rug would be rolled up and there would be dancing with Uncle Al or Cousin JoAnn playing the accordion. Such fun, EVERYONE danced and the adults were really good dancers! I loved dancing with my Dad. On the Irish side of my family, singing was the music of choice and fine voices were not in short supply. Alas, somehow those talents didn't reach me! I struggle to play the dulcimer! Your talents continue to amaze me. Have fun!
    1342 days ago
    I took accordion lessons when I was in elementary and junior high school. I never advanced very far, but it certainly is an interesting challenge - and so much more portable than a piano, or at least than a piano used to be, lol...
    1343 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I had an accordion and took lessons when I was in the 5th and 6th grade, but then quit because my parents didn't want to keep paying $7.50/month for the lessons. My husband made me give my accordion away when I got married as he didn't see any reason for me to bother to keep it. (He is a man who wants to throw out everything and he could live out of a suitcase.) So, I was stupid enough to let my accordion go. I am going to be 65 and how I wish I'd never stopped playing and how I wish I'd have kept up lessons once I was able to pay for them myself. I am really happy for you.
    1343 days ago
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