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GUEST,Tom Bliss Guitar in Sessions (71* d) RE: Guitar in Sessions 28 Feb 10

LOL - yes that's about right! And just try, as I sometimes do, pulling out a melodica!

But there are in fact good reasons for that pecking order, as much to do with the amount of skill needed to get a tune out each instrument in the first place as any other. (Banjo excepted natch ;-)

Funny about the piano accordion - there's a whole style of Irish playing which is accepted, but only by other PA players! It's to do with the way the bellows can flatten the bounce unless the player knows how to change the pump like a push pull box, and also the tendency among stomach steinways to use semitone grace notes and chromatic fills, which can really jar, and, again, a tendency among some to be a bit too clever with the left hand. (If you want to know how it should be done, check our Chris Parkinson - but then he's an ace melodeonist and harmonicist so he knows the score with the old 'sook'n'blar').

You left out gob irons. I do play a little myself, but am in awe of the great moothies who look like they're just sitting there all thoughtful with their hands on their chins - until you get close enough to listen. How they find those missing notes defeats me!

My problem is that because of my gig history people think I'm much better than i really am, so I sometimes find myself dragged to a specially-vacated chair in the middle, when I'm much happier in the outer circle - not least so I can hear my mandola (which I favour for sessions because I can accompany or lead according to mood).

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