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.