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Oct 18, 2006

Accordion Crimes


No, we're not talking about the good book-of-the-same-title by Annie Proulx, but rather the terrible instrument abuse depicted above. 

The banner is for accordion files: "Expandable.  Contractable.  Organizable."  But the dude with the accordion... ack!  Non-accordion players might not notice that he's incorrectly pulling the bellows out and up instead of out and down.  But I think anyone could notice something strange in that (a) his left hand fingers aren't actually placed on specific buttons (one isn't even on the buttons at all) and (b) his right hand thumb is hooked beneath the keyboard.

Ack, ack, ack, ack, ack.

Speaking of which, an appropriate quote from an online accordion FAQ:

How likely am I to pick up bad habits by teaching myself.

A friend of mine's son taught himself to play concertina.  One day he
noticed that everyone else was playing theirs upside down relative to the
way he was doing it.  Needless to say, the rest of the world was not
wrong.  Please make sure that you at least know which side is
for the right hand vs. the left hand.

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This doesn't surprise me. I have seen many, many photographic crimes against decent violin technique through the years. One of my favorites was an ad for a nail salon that showed a woman with very long fingernails posing with "her" violin. Ha!

Posted by: Lisa R | Oct 19, 2006 8:53:26 AM

Judging from the fact that he's playing a fully diminished triad with the right hand against a major chord (and because of the half-turn in the accordion strap, which in turn suggests a hasty embouttement), I would guess that the upward lift of the bellows is intended to induce pitch bend without tremolo.

Posted by: Dave H | Oct 19, 2006 1:59:09 PM

I'm once again reminded of one of my favorite Far Side cartoons:

Angels on clouds: Welcome to heaven, here's your harp.

Devils in flames: Welcome to hell, here's your accordion.

Posted by: Charles | Oct 20, 2006 1:50:38 AM

Willie Nelson once defined "perfect pitch," musically speaking, as "throwing a banjo in the garbage... and hitting the accordion that's already there."

Posted by: Barry Campbell | Oct 24, 2006 3:36:20 AM