I still have most of it
Belizaire (Belisaire). The Cajun version of Roy Acuff's "A Precious Jewel". Recorded by Nathan Abshire in 1950 for George Khoury's Lyric label. Nathan later called it Phil's Waltz around 1966.
"Chez Belezere" was a small dance-hall right outside of Kaplan owned by Belizaire Herpin, a native of nearby Gueydan. Belizaire's was located on the highway north of Kaplan headed to Crowley.
That LP (not 78) was issued by a French label in 1975, Expression Spontanée.
Welp, I decided that accordion music and spaceships will just have to do! My mic isn't all that great so sorry about the quality.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYTmcXngoq0 - Belisaire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zxL6F7Xmlg - Bass/treble example
Jerry, I've seen videos of you before, and I love your style. Anyone who tells you differently doesn't know what playing Cajun music is all about!
Have a great day everyone! :v: :smile:
Darth, that was splendid. To my ear the bass demo is exactly what Willy was asking for.
I find this very helpful. Thanks!
You're right Ned, but I wonder something else.
I always thought that the sound of the bass side depends of the things you do on the 10 button side.
So if the melody ask for a switch pull to push the bass is doing the same on any moment you do that.
Am I right or wrong in this ?
A few years ago I made this recording playing the Creole Stomp (not a waltz) :blush:
In the second part you hear the bass louder and the melody not that loud.
The bass is just following the push/pull from the melody.
It's the same in a waltz I suppose ?
Ron, you're right. The bass can only function along with the melody. Operator intervention is not required!
Is this the lick I'm hearing?
Those bellows reversals are confusing me!
My example was 2 eighth notes on the bass with two quarter notes on the chord.
After listening to Darth's bass line again, I get a quarter note on the bass, and 2 eighth notes on the chord.
Thank you for your positive critique of my playing and for the excellent videos you posted
Yes, I thinks that is it. I saved both and will give them a go..
Did/do you find it complicated ??
thanks so much and to everyone else who has chimed in.. Thanks
Thanks everyone! Nedro hit it on the head. His video has a little different timing, as he pointed out. He was playing two eighth notes on the bass. Not just out-out or in-in. He was actually playing in-out eighth notes on the bass. This is also not uncommon. And as he also pointed out, what I was doing was eighth notes on the treble, but the same idea of in-out eighth notes. Both of these techniques are not uncommon.
In fact, sometimes, because of the phrasing with the right hand buttons, there's no way to get around it. This tends to be the case in Belisaire, which is one of the reasons why I think it has so much expression. Man, I really love that song, and can't thank Willy Wog enough for showing me a spot to find Allie Young's music on the internet. I love that man's music.
To answer the level of complication question; as I pointed out, sometimes, your hand is forced (see what I did there? :wink: ) and you can't avoid it. And even still, sometimes, it isn't possible. All this is kinda dependent on the phrasing of a melody you choose with your right hand. For example, if you notice that you could change a couple notes and then, in turn, you get to do something more interesting with the left side, it might be something you consider. Hope this makes sense and feel free to ask for further clarification on this topic. To be honest though, I'm kinda talking outa my ass at this point though.
Thanks for the positive feedback as well everyone. Doesn't make me wanna stop posting, I'll tell you that much. Glad someone got something out of my seemingly useless thoughts.
Have a great day everyone :v: :smile:
Dear Willy, "What is the point of playing in "F" on a "C" accordion?" Good question. I've asked myself the same question many times. There's no good single answer.
1. To accommodate a fiddler that might be playing along with you or backing you up.
2. Maybe the key of "F" is the best key to match your singing voice?
3. Playing in the key of "F" actually improves and expands your understanding and muscle memory for all of the keys.
4. Playing in "F" to change things up a little and explore the Cajun accordion more.
5. Gives you the ability to be more versatile with the band.
6. It really lets other accordion players know that you know what you're doing. LOL.
7. Playing in "F" allows you to get over the anger of not being able to play in "F".
8. Playing in "F" saves wear and tear on your seconding base buttons.
9. Playing in "F" will help you to solve the antics of "B" flat accordion players.
10.Playing in "F" allows you to screw with beginner accordion player's heads and send them away dumbfounded and wanting to know more. And you never have to explain why you did that to them. LOL
How ya doin Greezy.. For me there is a Simple answer..
Well, I don't see the point of playing anytime in 'F'on a 'C' box anytime .. Cuz I don't want to play just half an instrument. Bass side is nil.. So Whats the point. Tell the fiddlers to RETUNE lol !! I just love your 'Tom Foolery' . All the way back to Hebert.. If'in you git my drift... lol lol
Ha Willy, yes, "Hebert" and myself are quite close. You actually went back and read! Good for you! We are not the same person though. But yes, very close in thinking none the less. Hebert is a disciple so to speak. He is a Blue Max player, and has been for a long time, even though Jerry treated him like an internet chump back then. But I believe he forgave Jerry. He doesn't like to talk about it. Dude turns red and starts shaking when I mention it to him. LOL
Willy, I can almost guarantee you that the need to play in "F" on a "C" accordion will come to you some day. I still don't like doing it, but I force myself to. You will see why I say that when the time comes. You can delay your understanding, or you can dive right in and get it started.
I have discovered that people listening to my public Cajun French Music playlist on any kind of I phone or phone period cannot view my liner notes next to each song. It may be that the viewer has to live in the country of the USA and has to view the list on a laptop or computer. A cellphone will play the songs, but just will not show the liner notes.
My advice is to either get a computer, or take the long and arduous journey of listing your own finding of what keys the songs are in. It may take a while.