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Re: Re: Steve Riley's Instr. DVD

No, no, no. It's Miller Lite, the small cans. Napkin optional.

Actually, last night I was playing some accordion (my old Regal...the Acadian's at Marc's shop), and diggin' Horace Trahan's first record. "Ossun Blues" is a killer song, great for downing cans of the good stuff while dancing around your apartment in a wife-beater.

Believe it or not, I own that DVD but I have yet to pop it in the player. I have hours of Steve R's playing on my camcorder that I still need to go through. He showed me his version of Mamou Hot Step -- a trickly little tune -- and I'm proud to say that I've got it down now.

BTW, how is Horace movie? I was thinking of getting it. I know it's short, but I'd like to check it out.

Nick B.

Horace movie...

Nick - I found the Horace Trahan short documentary was very well done and interesting. However, it is too bad it is a little too short. I wish there was more music playing in it. The film only shows a few clips of him in action.

Re: Re: Re: Steve Riley's Instr. DVD

if you like horace..his dvd is a MUST have...gives alil insight into his mind and life...not much playing though :( and only 20mins long...

Re: Re: Re: Steve Riley's Instr. DVD

Nick no slight on Steve R. but you must hear the old version of Mamou Hot Step by Maurice Barzas I believe. Wow!!

Re: Re: Steve Riley's Instr. DVD

Awww! come on Jonieblonde. You know it's gotta be Labatte Bleu. Cold in the hand.

Re: Re: Steve Riley's Instr. DVD

JAX--that's where it's at...

'Jax beer, hits the spot! Ten full ounces! That's a lot!"


Re: Steve Riley's Instr. DVD

I've starting to watch the DVD a couple days ago as well. Since I scratched my disk at Balfa Camp (I also had the wrong CD with Horace's film,in the case and was given another unprotected CD in the tent...), I couldn't watch it on my regular DVD player, but it works well on the computer. I couldn't agree more with your comments. The movie is very intimate, generous with a dose of humour, and technically very well executed (Wilson's strong technical abilities at best).
It's gonna be a nice challenge to assimilate these songs with Steve's style, and I'm looking forward to it. I'm planning on doing Waxia and Jolie Blonde first.




Two discoveries made Waxia easier for me to learn.

It's hard to describe .. but I'll try ..

He starts with the "first figure" in the
first bar .. pretty easy.

When he jumps up to the second figure in the second
bar he makes a few moves downward from his
second position.

What makes this move smooth is that technique
of not moving both index & pinky for that downward
jump, but the just index finger first, followed by
the pinky.

My second discovery is that the B-Part is much
easier to play if one bounces the octaves rather
than hammering the first few notes with one's
index finger. Much smoother for me.

Clear as mud? Maybe I can post a clip to illustrate
my discoveries! :-)


Re: Steve Riley's Instr. DVD

I watched the preview on the Almena Pictures website a few times and have been able to get the song down, only part I had a little trouble with was the turn in F, it's a little tricky but happy to say I've got it now. Cool song though !

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