Well, it's kind of a long story how I got into playing Cajun accordion. I always played guitar through my teens, mostly noisy crap.
In 2001 I bought a piano accordion and made myself learn it by ear and watching. I was inspired by a band called The Pogues. They did alot of Irish music among other styles. I was playing tunes I knew by this band on the piano accordion in a few months. At times they also had a Cajun t
After playing the piano accordion for a year, in 2002 I recalled a movie I had seen when I was 9 years old, Southern Comfort. Being 9 years old, I thought that movie was one of the coolest movies ever.
I also remember that crazy music I had heard at the end and the guy with the neat accordion (Marc Savoy). I went out and bought the movie to listen to those Cajun songs and watched the credits to find out who the accordion player was. I looked up Marc and decided right then and there I was going to buy one of his accordions and learn.
I've been playing for almost 4 years and have learned alot from videos and teachers from Augusta week. But for the most part, my learning has come from listening and practicing every day. I don't even see it as practice anymore. I see playing as some sort of natural function, like taking a crap or peeing. Actually that's a crude way of putting it, it's like clockwork, I mean
Also one thing that helped me play was buying some mid-grade accordions in addition to my handmades. Once I got better at playing my Acadians and Martin I frequently switch to using my cheaper accordions, which are harder to play. When I get back on my handmades I feel a great improvement.
Anyhoo, my main inspirations are Marc and Wilson Savoy, Amadee Ardoin, Iry Legeune, Joe Falcon, etc. Too many to list.
I'm also doing an Irish pub band right now, playing piano accordion and tin whistle.
Anyway, I'll stop blabbing, that's pretty much my story.