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Something Wonderful: Unchained Accordian

I once thought,
“Use an accordion, go to jail.” — and then… Hrustevich.

[HT: Dr. Jay]

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  • Univ of Saigon 68 July 26, 2022, 4:09 PM

    I used to think the same about the harmonica.


    • james wilson July 27, 2022, 2:44 AM

      When I was a classical violinist for a time I ran into a fellow selling insurance for a living, a very good living, who had been a virtuoso harmonicist. If there is such a word and if there isn’t there is now. He had a box filled with harmonicas in several keys, and one very large harmonica which was a chromatic harmonica. He had the facility and sound of a great soprano sax player, and had perfomed around the world in the 50’s. His name was Harry Bee. Big talent in a small package.

  • anonymous July 26, 2022, 4:24 PM

    As a child I wanted so much to take piano lessons. My grandma had a baby grand in her living room. She lived around the corner over there by Franklin school.

    My mom decided I did not want me to be at grandma’s house every day to practice. So I ended up with a large accordion. When I was sitting down it hung below my knees. I hated the sound. I was worried I would never get a bust with that thing hanging on my chest.

    I played 1/2 hour every day — not a minute more until I graduated 9th grade. As you can imagine I never became much of a player. One less a week didn’t do much for me. I did memorize and play all 20 verses of Davy Crockett every morning before moving on to my assigned pieces. They one made me play in the battle of the bands–one accordion school matched with several others. There were 40 others. It was suggested that I had thrown the other 39 off –wasn’t trying–just happened.

    It was not until today that I changed my mind about the accordion. This gentleman is Brilliant!

  • PA Cat July 26, 2022, 4:48 PM

    When I was a kid, Saturday night was accordion night, at least if your parents watched Lawrence Welk. Here’s three guys from the Dakotas playing the “Beer Barrel Polka”:


    Corny, maybe, but it was fun, and even a kid could tell that playing an accordion on Myron Floren’s level took real skill and lots of practice.

  • Dirk July 26, 2022, 4:51 PM

    God help me, my mother had me is accordion at a young age, then it was ballet, I was a colossal failure at both. The old battle axe had to give me one last shot. Tap dancing. Didn’t go well either.

    my mom knew even back then what I’m just learning. I don’t have a cultured bone in my body.

    The accordion WOW, amazing.

    The mouth Harp,,,,,,, Magic Dick was my fav, he was the heart and sole of the J Giles Band. Then I discovered Blues Traveler s John Popper, OMG, talent on loan from god. Who can forget the great John Mayall!

    If you ever have the chance to partake in a John Mayall and the Blues Breakers, go, just do it. We’re actively looking for a Mayall show in the pacific north west.

    • Snakepit Kansas July 27, 2022, 5:13 AM

      What a horrid story. At least after you purposely failed tap dancing, your Mom didn’t make you try clogging. Similarly here, I took piano lessons for years until ninth grade. I was good enough to make varsity on the wrestling team as a freshman but a two ton truck wouldn’t hold the shit I took from the guys having to leave wrestling drills early to go to piano practice. Eventually the piano teacher fired me saying there was a waiting list of students that actually had an interest in learning.

      • Dirk July 27, 2022, 9:03 AM

        Ahhh, I forgot about Piano lessons. Another nightmare. My mom and dad also made me attend catholic school. All my cousins were the schools star suck asses. Took me two weeks but after the nun hit me, and I hit her back, I was gone in 60 seconds.

        I had a real talent for getting outta shit I didn’t feel like doing!, a gift actually!

    • jiminalaska July 27, 2022, 1:48 PM

      Me, around two years (Felt like centuries) of piano lessons until riding; horse grabbed bit firmly twix teeth, full galloped back toward the barn, stopped abruptly at closed gate, I didn’t stop. Broken arm got me out of piano lessons, good horsey!

      Not that I had no desire to play the keys well you understand, but at eight or nine one finds so many other things than practicing rather fine.

  • Dirk July 26, 2022, 4:57 PM

    Mayalls in Eugene OREGON, he has an amazing blues guitarist Carolyn Wonderland, out of the great state of Texas playing guitar,,,,,,,,The lady’s amazing, I think we’ve got all of her music on the shelf.

    Check her out on YouTube.

  • edaddy July 26, 2022, 5:55 PM

    Some people play music and for some, the music plays them!

  • ThisIsNotNutella July 26, 2022, 7:09 PM

    Well makes a nice change from interminable @#$%ing polkas and tangos.

    Reminds me of a running accordion abuse thread some years back over at Bike Forums.

    Some guy complained in his contribution that he’d left his car parked and unlocked with the windows open with an accordion in the back seat and returned an hour later to find TWO accordions sitting there.

  • Francis W. Porretto July 27, 2022, 2:25 AM

    Well, at least deer hunters find them indispensable. (:-)

  • John Venlet July 27, 2022, 4:46 AM

    Great finger work isn’t just for guitars. That was some solid accordion playing.

  • HH July 27, 2022, 9:09 AM

    This is fun (and exhausting. But in a good way) .

  • anoymous July 27, 2022, 10:50 AM

    I did develop a particularly refined and unusual technique. While it was still hanging from my shoulders, I could button the top and bottom latches, unbutton the strap across my back, and grab both straps with one hand. You had to grab them in just the right place up on top of the machine. Then with that one hand swing the machine off of my body, and slam it into the accordion case which was laying on the hard wood floor alongside my chair. The trick was to slam it so hard at such an angle that the box and the accordion slid across the floor and slammed up against the wall with enough impact to slam the lid shut! Sweet! BTW–there were 120 buttons on that instrument!

  • Arty July 27, 2022, 5:57 PM

    That was incredible. Reminds that going to see an orchestra perform is on my bucket list.

  • CC July 28, 2022, 1:13 PM