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Thread #68320   Message #1153251
Posted By: ALEX_
02-Apr-04 - 08:22 PM
Thread Name: Job for Accordionist
Subject: RE: Job for Accordionist
Foolestroupe noticed, accordion belongs to REED instruments that requires absolutely different approach to perform other than to piano. The most common mistake is to apply technique of piano playing to accordion. (It is so difficult to put in words what you could so easy show just once and everything would be understood...)
Bellows is the unique organ of accordion like lungs in human body. It lets music breathe and fills it with a soul. The correct use of bellows is a must for successful play of accordionist, and I think that is the most important accordion skill.
In my teaching practice I encountered many mistakes of the use of bellows by beginners. The biggest mistake is changing direction of motion of bellows during actual single note.
Another mistake is incorrect moving of bellows as simple pulling and pushing instead of natural sideways and slightly downward motion to open, straight sideways and upward of lower part of bellows motion to close.

So, please tell me how you use bellows, what you learned from your experience and share secrets of your methods in using bellows.