Mudcat Café message #1153330 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #68320   Message #1153330
Posted By: CarolC
02-Apr-04 - 11:45 PM
Thread Name: Job for Accordionist
Subject: RE: Job for Accordionist
The bellows is definitely the soul of the accordion for me. It's difficult for me to explain the ways I use it, but as for changing bellows directions during a single note, I will sometimes do that to produce a similar effect to that of changing the direction of a bow in the middle of a note in playing a violin.

I like to use the bellows to give my playing nuance, so I pay more attention to my bellows technique than just about any other aspect of my playing. I also use it to convey emotion and feeling, so I really like using the bellows to make the sound swell and recede, to sound soft and reflective, or sweet, or rich and full, or powerful.