Traditional basses

Traditional basses

Hi, I would love some advice from anyone, really, about how piano accordion basses should be played in ITM or how people like them to be played. I know a lot of people don’t play them at all but I need to for a competition so I would really appreciate some advice. 🙂

Re: Traditional basses

Hmmmmm…..not sure I could comment, as I’m a fretted string player. On the other hand I do a lot of accompaniment, and of course the bass is the accompaniment on a PA.
As a bass-player I regard my main objective as keeping up the rhythm, and secondly the harmonic progression of the tune, focussing on the tonic and the dominant. Thirdly I would put runs from whatever is the relevant chord to the next one - not sure I’ve ever heard a PA player do that. I would urge crispness in the bass, from bar to bar, so that you are not leaving the notes running continuously ( which I would call the street-busker style ).
Don’t forget, also, that there are three parts to a PA; the keyboard, the bass, and the bellows. A skilful use of the bellows will enhance the dexterity at the two ends of the instrument.

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Here’s the other extreme - rock-solid, unrelenting on-beat bass. This would work exceedingly well if you were playing solo for a huge ceili, but in a session would surely result in a pint tipped over your head or a slap with a large trout. As for competitions, sorry, I have no idea.

https://youtu.be/Mx4QVouu8qI

Re: Traditional basses

This is how to play them both slowly and at 3:01, in reel time. What you’re hearing is a light touch of chords on the upbeat with occasional downbeat bass and an intermittent use of drone notes. A light touch is everything.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y_3Ebuo66o#t=185

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Re: Traditional basses

Thanks for the help

Re: Traditional basses

Yeah, that’s a great set. La Boite a Frissons is a good starter tune, especially when followed by Lusignac.