Multiple Beginner Box-related questions.
I am interested in taking up the box but need a few questions answered before I can make any sort of decision on anything specific. Two main questions, I will try to be brief in asking them.
Firstly, although all the information I have found on thew web would suggest that all boxes play one note on the press, and a different note on the draw, the two box players who I have seen in local sessions seem to tap away at buttons with relative disregard for bellows direction, only periodically changing bellows direction when, maybe, the bellows were too far extended. So my question I guess is, do some Accordions play the same note on both bellows directions, and if so what are the advantages/disadvantages of this system.
Secondly, I know that to work out what style of accordion playing I like I’ll need to hear different styles, and see what I prefer, but I wanted to know if anyone could give me a list of good box players, in different styles. I have mostly listened to Shane Mitchell (dervish), Mick McAuley (Solas), some John Williams, Seamus Begley and Sharon Shannon. Any help on either of these topics would be very appreciated for an aspiring box player. 🙂