June 2015 – Lesson #9 – Pull Dem’ Bellows
I have a lot of Bellow technique exercises on this site and “SNEAKY ME” I can tell that by the pages that are being hit – that you ARE NOT DOING YOUR BELLOW EXERCISES!
So – here is a quick review of the past months’ lessons – so you can do a quick review – if you have not been following the MONTHLY LESSON LINK!
- Lesson #1 – Sept 2014 – Introduction to Play Chords ONLY!
- Lesson #2 – Oct. 2014 – Chords – Modulating, & Progressions
- Lesson #3 – Nov. 2014 – Intro to Ear Training – Chord Progressions Intro
- Lesson #4 – Dec. 2014 – Dexterity & Finger Articulation (someone else)
- Lesson #5 – Jan. 2015 – Dexterity & Finger Articulation (mine)
- Lesson #6 – Feb. 2015 – Counting – 6/8 (Compound Meter)
- Lesson #7 – March 2015 – Setting Benchmarks and Goals
- Lesson #8 – April 2015 – Writing Assignment – Basic Music Theory
- Lesson #9 – May 2015 – “It’s All About that Bass”
- Lesson #10 – June 2015 – Pull Dem’ Bellows
Review these posted articles:
- Intro to Bellow Technique – Reed Response
- Bellow Technique – Phrasing
- Bellow Technique – Movement
- Bellow Shake 101 (Intro)
NOW – here is an additional Bellow Exercise for you to review and LEARN!
Bellow Technique: Accents
Until now, the bellow technique taught – has been designed to keep a smooth flow to your bellows – going at all times. Stopping them COMPLETELY at the end of phrases – to encourage the styling of Rubato and to increase the chance you will “Cresendo” into a phrase and “Diminuendo” out of a phrase.
NOW I am going to tell you to be JERKY!!!!
Accents are the hardest to pull off properly – especially on the IN BELLOWS!
There are more than one kind of Accent – Please see this link to HEAR the difference.
In this diagram from their website – I DISAGREE!!!
They say SHORT – and that is the Heavier of the two Short and Long. The Long is the LIGHTER of the two accents. (Please reverse what they are showing!)
ALSO – the “detached” accent is notated as a staccato – AGAIN – the UNMARKED PHRASED notes is played Detached – which is longer than a staccato! Staccato is “light and crisp! The Legato Line – means to hold the note for it’s fullest value – then separate from the next note.
On the accordion – we do NOT NEED to STRIKE the key any harder to attain an accent like a piano does. We need to add a POP in the bellow flow. (I hate the word JERK!!) CORRECTION – Michael Bridge at the ATG July 2015 – said acoustically – the “hitting or heavier strike of the keys – DOES add to the POP of the Accent! – Somthing to do with the JARRING to LIFE of the REEDS! Try it – I now agree with him!
- Hold a C Major chord in the right hand and play a 4/4 pattern CM bass
- On the 1st and 3rd count (the bass) – add a “wrist down stroke” – just like you learned in the bellow shake example. THIS is OUT BELLOWS
- Do the Same for the IN BELLOWS – but add a “wrist UP STROKE”
- The flow of the bellows should NOT STOP – continue in or out.
- Use a SLIGHT down stroke or POP or up stroke POP – AGAIN UP OR DOWN –
- DO NOT ADD pressure on the bass strap with your wrist!!!
- Increase the intensity of the down or up stroke POP for the heavier accent.
- If you Strike the Right Hand NOTE at the same time as the accent – you can achieve a stronger accent.
- Then the RELEASE of the Right Hand Note dictates if it is a short or long accent!
Here are some more in the accent family.
BONUS – an article with an exercise – I wrote for an Accordion Club