Well people, many of you have asked over the years, "What songs are the best songs to learn how to play as a beginner?" "Which accordion players were the best to learn from as a beginner or even as an advanced player learning all over again?" "Which traditional Cajun songs will unlock the key stone patterns, techniques, styles, rhythms, and tempos that every accordion player should know?"
Well, I have narrowed it down to 133 and growing Classic Cajun songs. LOL
You can access them by going to "google" search engine and typing in (greezy mcgill).
Click on the (Greezy McGill - YouTube)
Click on (playlists)
Then choose the one with 133 videos named "Classic French Music". The only one that has been made public.
Every song in this playlist is either performed on a "C" accordion or a "D" accordion. In my own private notes attached to the playlist,(which you won't be able to see), I have the key or "position" that each song was originally played in on the video.
Good Luck! The only thing I haven't given to you yet are the songs my mentors played for me personally when I was a young man. To this day, I remain an original accordion player as compared to the many because of those few and obscure songs the old men played right in front of my eyes for me and me alone. The perfect live performance of an experienced old master all by himself on accordion is hard to beat when it comes to monumental influences on the young Cajun accordion player. Unfortunately, some of you will never experience such a thing. So instead, I give you my playlist of "Classic French Music". It would do you well to study each and every one. They all have a purpose, or I wouldn't have put them on the list.
What a great collection of Cajun tunes. Awesome, and thanks so very much for posting them Quite the list you have.. Wish you had posted the keys of the songs.. But I will get past that and do my own.. Downloaded most of them.
You right tho.. The old boxes have a totally different sound and tone. I have a couple of HA-114,s D & C.. They are both in great shape. D is the old black style.. Have had them now for 3 years or so.
Never heard nor seen a 'Real' Cajun box made in Cajun country live and in person.. only on video or mp3. But can tell the difference for sure between old and new that's for sure. I do also believe the HA-114 is the true sound of the beginnings of Cajun tunes.. Does not matter how fancy or expensive a box is.. Only matters how they sound. But my only reference to any of it is my ear.. Looks don't mean no never mind..
Thanks again, very nice of you !!
You're welcome Willy. I did post all of the keys of the accordions and the keys the songs were played in except for a few by Blind Uncle Gaspard, but it was in the playlist notes for each video. Unfortunately, for everyone to see those notes I'd have to go on each You Tube video and put the keys on the video comments section or give all of you my you tube account password.
You're right, if I did it on my own, so can you. Especially if you have both the "C" and "D" accordions.
I give my right nut to get my hands on a Black HA-114 in the key of "D" by the way.
I have a Black HA-114 in C. Will consider less vital organs for payment.
Hey Willy, we are at 25 cents on the dollar in America. I would have paid $600 for that HA-114b key of "D" in American dollars which are currently a complete joke thanks to the "non federal" federal reserve and all these price gouging sons of b****es we got here. So then, to compute to my preference and knowledge of worth, id pay what the accordion was worth in more than American dollars. Hence, my right nut. LOL
Thank you very much Greezy for the 133 degree list :blush: with all those lovely Cajun Music.
I see many songs I have here at home , but also a lot I never hear :slightly_smiling_face:
You had to spent a long time in front of your computer to create this :slightly_smiling_face:
I miss Moise Robin and Ray Abshire and I wonder if we can learn from them too?
What makes it better is that there are no medicine-related comments at the forum today.
A Big thank to Nick :slightly_smiling_face:
Link#2 goes to the Classic French Music page :relaxed:
You are welcome also Mel. I see you caught the 33rd degree reference. LOL, I din't plan that, it just happened. I just added another song to the list making it 134, so the masonic reference has come and gone. Keep in mind everyone, the list will grow as time goes by. If I hear a video that I like and shows value to the accordion player, I will post it on this list but only if the song is done on a "C" or "D" accordion.
Mel, you are right in saying that I must've spent a long time at the computer to create the list. Oh, only since about 2010 off and on. Learned every song on that list too and can play all of them in the 3 major keys, and about half of them in the gypsy key 4th position. It is amazing how proficient one gets at playing all 4 position keys on a single accordion when you force yourself to do it and you become aware of where the home buttons are for each position key. Remember, that I said it was the only list I made public. I also have on my private you tube playlists: Iry Lejeune's collection, Amede Breaux, Joe Falcon, Nonc Allie Young, Amedee Ardoin, Angelas Lejeune, Austin Pitre, Sherley Bergeron, Dennis McGee, The Balfa Brothers, Clifton Cheniere.
There are other known and unknown musicians that are worth listening to that can and will help the lone accordion player. Especially if one was able to go to the University of Louisiana campus and peruse the archive collection that they have cataloged there. Many musicians have taken advantage of the archive to give them new ideas or learn obscure accordion licks and styles. I personally have done so far without visiting the archives at the campus, but I do plan to go in the future to see what it has to offer. In other words, my private list is NOT THE END ALL by any means. I have studied Ray Abshire, but only so much as I could use his techniques and style for certain songs. Moise Robin I've heard a few songs, but did not pursue his style as of yet. Maybe I should check him out more to find what's useful to me.
And yes, THANK GOD and whoever else stopped them drug adds! wooo hoooo!
Melo! I clicked on the link you provided to my private list "CLASSIC FRENCH MUSIC" and I can see my notes and the accordion key notes I typed! Even when I'm not signed in to Greezy's account. How in the heck did you do it?!
I hope everyone else can see those notes. BIG HELP! LOTS OF TIME SAVED!
Maybe the notes show up when I have my "cookies" set to medium??? It's just crazy how they just all of a sudden showed up like that. awesome!
I figured out how everyone can get to the "liner notes" for each video. Use Melo's link or when you go to google and type in greezy McGill, you tube, playlist, you have to click on the words in blue below the pretty (play all) playlist picture. You have to click on the words "classic French music". Do that my friends and you'll get to see my private notes and know the key accordion used. I will go down the list in time and fill in notes for all of the videos if I can figure them out.
Thanks Melo, you have elevated me to a new level!
I guess it was a lucky shot, like a comic hero Lucky Luke does, see Link#2
He's shooting quicker than his own shadow :slightly_smiling_face:
I can't see them myself, but that can be caused by the fact that I'm in another country.
There are also some of the songs blocked because of that.
Not a real problem for me, I'm very happy with all those songs.
And I didn't use any curse words in the notes. I wanted to, but remembered that this was being done for future generations and their soft little ears. Too bad you can't see those notes Melo. Huuuuge amounts of info in there. I just went in and added a bunch. Restart your computer of something. You've got to see those notes man! Fynniggle it a liddle. Maybe get on the "Dark Web" and try it out??
Thanks Greezy! I can’t remember when I laughed so hard in my life. I think I will save this post when I really want to bust a gut
Surely besides just being entertained, you must be going crazy over the song list Jerry. I saw your comments on quite a few of the videos I chose. Now, you too can spend countless hours learning these songs and getting educated on the keys, the tempos, the styles. Ahhhh the satisfaction! You'll be a regular go to guy on accordion if you learn them like I have... You're welcome. I was wondering Jerry, I want to achieve the coveted Cajun title of "Le Boss". I already have "Grand Master" under my belt. How would I go about becoming "Le Boss"?
I think you misspelled your title. You aren't a grand master you are a grand masterbater.
LOL, keep it clean Jerr. Who is the current title holder of "Le Boss"? Would it be Wayne Toups? I believe Walter Mouton was "Le Boss" before him. It must be a pretty tight knit closed group of accordion players that earn such a title. Wayne Toups and I have one "mentor" in common. That mentor is the one Wayne don't tend to talk about. In fact, that mystery mentor was a "Le Boss" in his own right, so I could technically use my legacy connected to the old mystery master to also become "Le Boss" without using the legacy connected to Walter Mouton that Wayne used right? But to be "Le Boss", I'd have to form a Cajun band, beat all comers, and play professionally for 30 or more years. Unless.....I could play accordion better than anyone that ever came before me, and my band was the best there was, and I had a face and aura about me that the people would automatically bestow the title of "Le Boss" upon me. Heck, I could become "Le Boss" in 5-10 years playing professionally if I play my cards right! But nahhhhh, I don't want all the attention and the trouble that comes with being a professional musician. Besides, I never done any drugs in my life, and wouldn't want to have to in order to maintain my professional groove. How bout you Jerry, you ever did any lines of cocaine or popped pills in order to keep your performance up to par for the big show?
Keep talking masterbater it won't be long before even the wanna bee's will catch on to you stupidity. "Le Boss"? give me a break anytime you try to pick the best accordion player you ignorance of the music is obvious. This part is not for you but for all the people that enjoy the smoke coming out of your ass. All accordion players develop a "style" some are further along in their skills than others but that's about it. To say one player is better than the other is total bull****. People have been trying to compare apples and oranges for years, none have succeeded. Also, we don't care if you are "le boss" or not all we want is some proof you know how to play the instrument. You have wasted a lot of the beginners time with miles of bull****, enough to fertilize a 1000 acre farm. Put the lap top down pick up you video equipment and then your accordion and show the others here what you brag about. I really don't want to see it but, what I would like for you to do is shut the **** up
You're right about the "Best" and the "Better" game Jerry and how it is a problem amongst accordion players and within the genre of Cajun music in general, but you didn't catch my meaning. Did you not notice how I was chiding you with the possibility of me becoming "Le Boss"? I was using that to make a point. It worked too, because it got under your skin. Look at what "Le Boss" entails and how you go about becoming "Le Boss" in Cajun country. No body ever seeks to be "Le Boss" yet the title gets laid on some accordion player for some reason. What about the rest of us? What are we, chopped ham? And we're supposed to agree with it? Or instantly pour praise and bragging rights on whomever that accordion player might be whether we think they've earned it or not? Even though we don't agree with the accordion players methods, style, way, history, etc.?? I think it's a pretty messed up game myself and thought it needed to be "drug" out in the open for those wanting to face it straight up. Besides, these titles are getting put on accordion players by who? The local Louisiana fans? The fans that know nothing about playing Cajun music? Buy other accordion players that don't know much about how to play the accordion? Buy other musicians of the band perhaps? The "Best and the Better" will not go away Jerr. It's been here for a long time, and it will remain as long as there is Cajun music, Cajun musicians, Cajun accordion players, and fans that need to have hero's to compensate for their own short comings and lack of understanding of the Cajun accordion and everything tied to it.
I just figured to come along and openly claim the title of "The Best There Ever Was or Will Be" so that people could stop arguing over it and everyone accept the fact that this stick figure named "Greezy McGill" takes all honors. That way, no one's feelings have to get hurt anymore. Including yours Jerry. It will be a done deal for all time to be entered into the encyclopedia books. No more arguments! Have I not given enough, showed enough, brought to light enough, taught enough, explained enough about the Cajun accordion to earn some type of elevated status for the stick figure named "Greezy"? Is not the proof of his wisdom all over the Cajun Accordion Discussion Board? Why the need to actually see him playing the accordion Jerry? Is "Greezy McGill" not legitimate unless he actually makes a spectacle or a show of himself playing the accordion? Have you ever watched Amede Ardoin, Joe Falcon, Lawrence Walker, Angelas and Iry Lejeune play the got dam accordion on a video Jerry? How does never having seen them play make you feel about them? How does never having heard them explain a single thing about the Cajun accordion make you feel about them? Remember, I never want to be known for my true identity. I only want to give the "very legitimate" information that I have learned and earned on how to play the Cajun accordion to the lone accordion player who has no one, or mostly unreliable sources to learn from. And I give it away for free. No title, money, nor praise necessary. Don't ever forget that I speak through a freakin (stick figure) Jerry. Don't make it so personal. LOL, but you can't get over that fact that there is this Cajun guy out there that is a top notch accordion player, possibly better than all of the supposed "Kings of the Accordion" who doesn't want to be known. If you're not interested in what Greezy has to say, then move on man. It is you that is hurting beginner accordion players Jerry. What do you have to say for yourself about that? Why so bitter?
And you misunderstood the purpose of my comments. You have never gotten "under my skin." Your ability to do that is as good as your accordion playing, so far you are a no show. If you don't understand the difference between getting under my skin and posting comments directed to that makes you look like the idiot you are then another problem exist for you.
Oh, I get it now. You don't have anything against me (the person or persons behind "Greezy McGill". Just like I or we don't have anything against Jerry Moody. We're just "testing" each other for some unspeakable reason?? Could it be that one cannot see the legitimacy of the other because we refuse to give legitimacy due to something holding us from doing so? Why do we need proof, and the only way it can be proven is by a display of an actual accordion skills presentation on a public video or a public presentation. Kind of like one of them abomination accordion contests? Weren't you supposed to be a judge at some accordion contest lately Jerry? How did it go? Did you actually sit the judge panel and tear apart the hearts and souls of some accordion players while casting praise, glory, and status on the winners by declaring them the "BEST"?
I haven't seen you talk about the event on the discussion board. Did it actually happen? Where did it take place? Who were the contestants and who were the winners? Will you ever do it again? Did you walk away feeling satisfied of the outcome? What happen to the losers? How satisfying was their outcome and how did it effect the rest of their lives to have been judged as incompetent by Jerry Moody?
Answer me this....What if I were to present 3 songs to you in person? No one else but you and I. We can meet at a neutral location. Maybe at a crossroads somewhere in the country that has an old oak tree by the side of the road. We can sit on two 5 gallon buckets. Would you want to choose the 3 songs, or would you let me choose? What 3 songs would it take to absolutely prove that I am as good as I say I am..............................................(pause for effect).................................................................................................??
Greezy you sure seem to like throwing your hook into Moody waters - you always catch something. I see where you are going most of the time and enjoy the challenging philosophy you put up. My own view is that the Cajun accordion community can be likened to a religion with specific doctrine handed down to believers and non-believers. So much so that the music can become of secondary importance. This being the case the priests call the shots. And yes, there is worship.
Mr Guy if find useful anything this non talented ass says they you are the one with the hook in the cheek
Mr Guy, as far as I can tell, "that specific doctrine" only gets passed down to very few accordion players because it has been nefariously guarded throughout the years by certain self serving accordion master players and builders. Some of them guarded it, and some of them weren't so nefarious, knew the information, but just didn't know how to tell it to others because it does or can get very complicated. But not anymore. It's all on "The Cajun Accordion Discussion Group" for all to see. No secrets anymore. Well at least the "playing" nd "presentation" part is anyways.
Maybe instead of the word "priest" you meant to use the word "guru"? I'm just a stick figure with lots of information THAT IS BY NO MEANS ESTABLISHED DOCTRINE. It's freakin brand new because not many know about it nor how to preach it!
Thank you! That took a great deal of effort, and passion for this form of art, on you part. I'm attempting to pick up the art of Cajun Accordion, and your contribution is very inspiring.
You are very welcome MLS. Merry Christmas. And we shall call it......"THE THIRD GIFT OF GIFTS!"
Over the past week, I have listened to every selection on your list. What an amazing library of this art! Thank you again!
Keep Listening MLS, for it shall keep growing. I hope you are able to see my liner notes for each song in the play lists. Without those liner or guidance notes to help you apply your "C" or "D" accordion...it's just another song list. Liner Notes = Muy Importante!
I haven't located the notes. I'm a beginning Cajun Accordion student, and these would probably be very helpful!
- In Google type greezy mcGill.
- Choose Greezy McGill - YouTube.
- Click on "Playlists".
- Do Not click on the picture or "Play All" option.
- Instead, click on the words in blue below the picture "Classic French Music".
- The notes (accordion key and playing key) will be on right side of page.
**The notes save you the time of figuring out which accordion to grab and which key to play it in. The list was meant to help anyone with a "C" or "D" accordion. It was also meant to make accordion players learn their own style by listening and trying to play along with the old masters instead of directly copying the style of modern day players.
I don't know about you MLS, but I don't want to hear 300 Marc Savoys, or 75 Steve Rileys, or 3000 Greezy McGills gallivanting around the Cajun accordion world all playing the same songs in the exact same styles. We've had quite a few years of that kind of thing going on lately and I'm getting very sick of it. I have used an inflammatory term called "Parakeeting" to describe it. "A dumb bird that only repeats what it hears, exactly like it hears it, without the ability to apply what it has learned to something useful other than the entertainment of it's owners and visiting house guest."
Agreed! In my previous musical adventure I had a jazz quartet (I was the drummer) and we played standards from the 1920's through the 1970's (e.g., Blues, Jazz, some Gospel). The form of tune was important, but jazz is a very conversational form of art. We never played the same song the same way twice - it was very organic. The intro/outro was recognizable, but we spoke with one another in our solos.
I briefly played in the percussion section of a brass symphonic band - talk about pain! Every note was scripted and you played the song according to the script. Ugghhh!
I want to use the same approach to Cajun as I did with jazz. This should be an organic folk conversation, fun, and pull audience members out of their seats compelled to dance. Oh, it should also have my personal signature on it!
Thanks for your direction!
Those instructions are the exact instructions anyone in America could use. Not sure about other countries. I've found the "PLAYLIST" in google and yahoo and both worked. The liner notes come up every time. I've even tried it on several different computers from several different locations and it works every time using those instructions you just copied and pasted to me.
The playlist view count grows more and more every day. Somebody's using the hell out of it! And for that I am happy. BTW YouTube doesn't know who I really am, so they can't find me to pay me if the view count gets to be over 1 million. Ahhhhh the story of my life. Always going to be a poor man I guess.