Box players advice: speeding up on accordion
A topic that has been covered in numerous other threads but I’d like to hear an opinion from (more experienced) box players in particular.
Been at the B/C accordion for 3 years and started playing two-handed (playing the basses) about a year ago.
I’ve never had problems with tempo or speeding up, but about since I’ve started playing two-handed consistently I’ve been told various times I speed everything up. This came as particular bad news since it was the first time I’ve ever heard something like that about my playing and tempo is something I hold in high regard. I’ve seen people who have such bad rythm that they can’t play along with a Youtube video, they finish up a couple measures ahead in a matter of seconds and have to stop playing and synch up again, repeat the process every twenty measures and then blame the Youtube video (every single one of them). This is just to say I’m not that kind of person and actually find such lack of sense of rythm and phrasing rather ghastly.
I’ve broken down the problem, I’ve recorded myself and this is what seems to be the highlight of the problem:
-When I play one-handed, I do not speed up, not 1 bpm. In any given situation.
-When I play two-handed, I speed up a lot in a matter of a couple of minutes. But once it gets to a certain number of bpms, I don’t speed up any further. A factor would be that I like playing fast: I’m able to and usually play fast when I’m alone or playing solo. Apparently I unconsciously speed up everything until I get to my favourite tempo. Another factor would be concentrating too much on the punchiness of the basses, having them hit exactly on the sweet spots. Listening carefully to myself playing I can actually hear the speeding up happening, but only if I pay close attention and keep myself from enjoying the music and from concentrating on dynamics and accents, which is a shame. Starting the tune a little slower than required seemed like a good idea, but with me it actually doesn’t help. Tried practicing on metronome, speeding up doesn’t happen, same with recordings or Youtube videos. With live people, alone or solo: keeps happening.