In order to play the Cajun accordion, for each note played, the player must parse these questions and respond appropriately.
(R) = right hand activity
(L) = left hand activity
1. Which button? (R)
2. Push or pull? (L)
3. How long? (R)
4. How hard? (L)
5. Which finger? (R)
6. Rhythm high/low? (L)
7. Next note/position? (R)
If the Perrodin Two-Step A-part is played with all 1/8th notes, one 16-bar verse triggers 896 mental decisions. At 180 bpm that's 21 decisions per second. At 200 bpm that's 23 decisions per second. The central nervous system must respond with the correct physical action.
I am told that Einstein could not play the Cajun accordion. My self-esteem is rising.
Pahahah Ned. A friend and I were discussing this very thing today on the phone. We were talking about how some people are learning Cajun songs by the numbers of each button and start out by actually "thinking" each step through. I told him that there are two functions to our brains. One to connect to the body and one to connect to the outside world and beyond. "As above, so below". The "mind" vs. the "conscious". The mind is a defense mechanism that protects itself first and foremost. It would rather kill the body than be proven wrong. It is slow and cumbersome tool. The conscious is the link for the soul to all things outside and within. It operates at faster than light speed and the mind could never hold a candle to it. When a Cajun plays the accordion, he uses 10% mind and 90% of his conscious soul. How does he do it? Well, he's fed his soul and consciousness with a lifetime of pattern recognition by listening to Cajun music. It becomes second nature. I've mentioned this before, but in a cryptic sort of way when I told you that you "Had the rest of your life" to learn the accordion.
It was not meant as an insult.
Einstein would have been better at playing the fiddle I tink. LOL He looked like a fiddle man to me. Kinda looked like Beausolei "Mike Doucet". ahahaha
... lyrics from Dylan, Desolation Row
Einstein, disguised as Robin Hood with his memories in a trunk
Passed this way an hour ago with his friend, a jealous monk
Now he looked so immaculately frightful as he bummed a cigarette
And he when off sniffing drainpipes and reciting the alphabet
You would not think to look at him, but he was famous long ago
For playing the electric violin on Desolation Row
that explains why I never listen to Dylan lol
Good one, Jerry!
Einstein played fiddle(in that days/area called a violin)and piano.
And he was a good musician :blush: but with Einstein everything is relative !
I will never get those amount of decisions Ned.
I "learn" the songs at a low speed so I get one decision in a minute if I don't have to thnk about it. After years practising the song I play it without thinking or making decisions, it's just coming out the accordion and of course with lots of failure
:joy: :joy: :joy: :joy: :joy: :joy:
But I still love it to play that box :blush:
Ned you just maybe overthinking this stuff. Suggest your New Year resolution is to think less.