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Re: Curry and smoke

hi jim,
good luck on your gig tonite. it's a great thing to remember....it's awkward for them to dance to music that is too fast and they will sit down. in my experience, most accordion players will play WAY too fast at first. it's not about chops, as much as it's about making the dancers want to shake their hips. if you have ever danced to a band playing like alvin and the chipmunks.....you will know how unpleasant it is....
have fun.
bon chance.

Cajun confusion

I'm very confused about something. I listen to a lot old recordings of Cajun music, and much of it was played at over 200 beats per minute (two steps).

The question is, if people currently don't like to dance Cajun to this speed, how did the dancers do it back then? I personally like playing faster, it's more exciting to me. I'll have to try my best to slow down tonight, not the easiest thing to do when you've learned from FAST players.

I can't imagine Iry LeGeune playing any slower live, than on his recordings.

Any thoughts?

Another thought

I also wanted to mention, I really don't understand why people have to be Nazis about speed at jam sessions.

For instance someone smirking and saying, "this is dance music, you're playing too fast." Yet there's no one dancing and that same person loves Iry LeGeune, Marc Savoy, etc.

Is it only that the Gods of Cajun accordion can play fast at jams?

Still confused


Re: Another thought

Don't get me wrong, I understand why people want it slower at a dance.... but come on, at a jam?

Re: Re: Re: Re: Come see my Cajun band tomorrow!


Off course,Larry is right,in my haste in trying to humor you ,I forgot to congratulate you, go get them Tiger.



Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Come see my Cajun band tomorrow!

I know you're humoring me, I'm used to Interweb humor ;)

How did the gig go Jim?

How did it go?

Re: How did the gig go Jim?

Went great Maz, awsome turnout. I could use a little less Data Entry and more accordion playing. My tendons were in a flaming uproar last night.

Thanks for askin' :)

Re: Re: How did the gig go Jim?

Tell me about the tendons. And its worse if you're a dancer too. Holding your partners weight with the same arm that's gyrating all those buttons on the accordion on other nights is a recipe for pain.

I'd only played for 45 minutes at a stretch before our first gig. Then I had to play two sets at 1:15 each.

I was sore. Still am.

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