Free Reed’s two thousand, one hundred and fifty-nine comments

  • Passing of Joe Burke

    I've just heard that the great accordionist Joe Burke has passed away. What a legacy of accordion playing he leaves. May he rest in peace.... more…

  • Re: Jig Types—My Nemesis

    I hope you know you are risking your life playing for young solo dancers, because you are going to get the blame for their failure. The musician played the wrong tune. He played too fast. He played too slow. Having said that it is a great experience ... more…

  • Re: Recommended tunes within my remit but not universally contemptuous like ‘irish washerwoman’?

    I started to learn the accordion in the early fifties. The only tunes I knew were a few tunes in my head from playing a mouth organ. No idea of keys or music as such. Picked everything up by ear. My neighbour Terry was a great whistler and one day he ... more…

  • Re: Has anyone ever asked you to stop playing?

    Back in the sixties in London when I was learning a new tune on the box, Tony my Polish landlord who lived downstairs, often came banging on my door . When I opened it he'd say " The accordion I like but the foot, bang bang bang...I don't like the f...ing... more…

  • Re: The Sound of Silence

    How I hate having a session when there is wallpaper music still running in the background. Hotels are the worst, When requested to turn it off the answer is "I don't know how" or we can't turn it off because it would turn off in the other bars. The othe... more…

  • Re: Two-row vs three-row button accordion

    Most three row players, myself included, started learning on a two row B/C. The fingering on a B/C/C# is the same but the use of the C# row cuts down on the 'in and out' movement of the bellows. Having Stradella bass allows you to have the bass notes fo... more…

  • Re: Pretentious Trad

    Music for a running, walking, jumping and standing still film..... more…

  • Re: How do you define what is an Irish, Scottish or wherever tune?

    There are tunes that are distinctly irish and there are tunes that are distinctly scottish. Then there are many many other tunes that float to and fro between both traditions. Too many examples to even mention. If it's a good tune and I enjoy listening ... more…

  • Re: Buying a button box! I must be nuts…

    'The Box' is a decent tutorial. It shows a layout of your keyboard. It shows what notes is on the two rows and what note you can get on each button, press and draw. The basic notes in music being ABCDEFGD. The Sharp Notes can come later. If you watch at... more…

  • Re: What’s this reel ?

    He did give the titles of the reels before they started playing. Just as well he did because, although I play both reels, I couldn't make head nor tail of the jumble of notes that were pouring forth from the pipes. One can only hope that our continental... more…