Steve Riley's lesson, even slow is so hard to follow. Any tips on how to absorb this? Perhaps a better knowledge of fingering patterns would be useful. Are there print out tabs of his song of Jolie Blonde. I am trying to figure it out, note by note, but am not getting understanding which blends he is using. Looks like he occasionaly pushes down 3 buttons. Easy to get lost, much less know, if he's pushing or pulling. Not sure if it's best to just try and watch what the right hand is doing, if one can follow it? Also love his Life I always wanted.
I'm learning accordian, only own a C accordian for now. Am trying scales and double octaves, but still daunted!
I agree that Steve's version of Jolie Blond is difficult to learn from. For him the embellishments are intuitive, but for the beginner they can be daunting. He also varies the licks as the song progresses.
My suggestion would be to listen to the song intently for as long as necessary to learn the basic melody in your head. Then pick out the basic tune on your accordion until you have the simple melody nailed. (Think of drawing a complex picture beginning with a stick figure.) Gradually add the rythmic treatment, octaves, and blends as you progress, and the pieces will begin to fall in place.
Don't be discouraged - this is something all players go through when first learning. Patience and diligence will pay off later.
You can use VLC media player (free) to rip the audio, then use Amazing Slow Downer to slow it down to a CRAWL, without changing the pitch! Of course then you have to hear the notes and find them on the buttons, but you can loop a small section over and over.
Victoria Ann....remember you this. Most Cajun songs can be played on just 4 buttons (5,6,7,8). You play them songs slow at first trying to find every note you hear being played on the recording and gradually, work up to actual speed without missing any got dam notes. By sound and feel you figure out when to push and pull the bellows with each single button and/or blends. When you get bored playing single (straight style) notes, then you start hunting for the doubles or "sister buttons" of all those little single notes you've been working on and perfecting.
The Cajun accordion is never played well at the start. It is an instrument that requires time to perfect. That is just as well, because if it were easy we'd have every smoking joe in the world playing Cajun accordion and claiming to be the best within their first year. Then what would it be worth to even learn Cajun accordion?
Earn your stripes. Most every Cajun has learned the Cajun music on his or her own since the beginning. They can sing it, whistle it, clap their hands to it, etc. The only advantage a Cajun has over everyone else is that a Cajun constantly listens to Cajun music. Reproducing the music becomes second nature and intuitive. Makes learning to play Cajun accordion and fiddle much easier. If you want a child to learn French at home, you're not going to speak Chinese to it. You're going to speak French to it. Tah Prend Ca? (You got it?)