HOW TO PLAY THE PIANO ACCORDION
A Primer for Beginners
Posted by John Ferree 1997
- Get an accordion. The cheaper the better because they all sound the
same. Do not tell anyone what you have done - it will only cause them to
worry. They will find out soon enough.
- Take the accordion out of the case and strap it on. It is better if
the accordion rests on your chest instead of your back but, for the first
few weeks, it doesn't really make that much difference.
- For sounds to be produced, three things must happen: The bellows must
be moving in or out. One or more of the keys or buttons must be pressed.
All potential weapons within a one mile radius must be collected and secured.
The third is the most important
- The buttons on the left side are chord buttons. The "C" button
has a dimple or nipple so you can find it without looking. (This is a safety
feature. Before it was invented, thousands of accordionists suffered painful
and sometimes disabeling injuries - much to the delight of the general
public). Never use more than three buttons. "Professional" accordionists
appear to be using lots of buttons but they are acutally just desperately
trying to find the damned "C". "Professional" means
they have learned to smile while they do it.
- Play the black and white keys. The high notes are at the bottom and
the low notes are at the top. (That arrangement isn't supposed to make
any sense. Accept it.) Note: If you find the high notes at the top and
the low notes at the bottom, you have either put the accordion on upside
down or you have tried to repair it yourself. If the former, turn the accordion
over. If the latter, pack your acordion up with thousands and thousands
of dollars and mail it far away for a long, long time.
- Continue playing until someone begs you to stop or threatens your life,
whichever comes first.
- Put the accordion back in its case.
- Order an accordion tee-shirt and wear it to the Mall.
Posted by "Glenn" 1997
FAQ for the absolute beginner
Q: Whenever I play my accordian, I experience severe chest pain. What
am I doing wrong?
A: This is a fairly serious problem among beginning accordianists. Luckily,
the solution is simple: be sure that you're wearing a shirt. If you ARE
already wearing a shirt, then you're probably suffering a heart attack.
Be sure to check with a doctor as soon as you're finished practicing.
Q: My accordian is a half step lower than the other instruments in my
band. The other musicians keep complaining. What do I do?
A: Undoubtedly, you've thrown your lot in with a group of unappreciative
people with little or no talent. However, if you wish to humor them, walk
several hundred yards away from the group. At the beginning of your solo,
run rapidly toward them while playing your accordian. The doppler effect
will make it seem that you're in tune with them.
Q: My spouse has threatened to move out due to my practice schedule.
I usually play from 3:00 to 5:30 AM. How can I save my marriage?
A: You can't. You really should be practicing for longer than that.
We would suggest starting earlier, perhaps about 1:00 AM.
What's a gentleman? - Somebody who knows
how to play the accordion, but doesn't.
What do you call an accordion player with a beeper? -
What's the range of an accordion? - Twenty yards if you've
got a good arm!
What's the difference between an accordion player and
a terrorist? - Terrorists have sympathisers.
What's the difference between an onion and an accordion?
- No-one cries when you chop up an accordion.
What's the difference between an accordion and a concertina?
- The accordion takes longer to burn.
What's an accordion good for? - Learning how to fold a
Why is it good that accordionists have a half-ounce more
brains than horses? - So they don't disgrace themselves in parades.
If you drop an accordion, a set of bagpipes and a viola
off a 20-story building, which one lands first? - Who cares?
What's the difference between an Uzi and an accordion?
- The Uzi stops after 20 rounds.
What do you call ten accordions at the bottom of the ocean?
- A good start.
What do you call a group of topless female accordion players?
- Ladies in Pain.
How do you protect a valuable instrument? - Hide it in
an accordion case.
What's the definition of perfect pitch? - When an accordion
is thrown down the toilet without it touching the sides.
What do accordion players use as a contraceptive? - Their
What's the difference between a chainsaw and an accordion?
- A chainsaw can be tuned.
What's the difference between a road-killed skunk and
a road-killed accordian player? - The skid marks in front of the skunk.
This guy walks into an antique store and notices a brass
rat sitting on one of the top shelves. He asks the clerk, "How much
for that brass rat?". The clerk says "Well sir, it's 25 bucks
just for the rat, and 50 bucks if you want to hear the story that goes
with it. Take my word, you'll want to *hear* the story." The guy says
"No, I believe I'll just take the rat for 25 bucks."
So, this fella takes his brass rat and heads down the street. Right
away he notices that a *real* rat is following him, so he makes a quick
turn down the next street. He passes an alley, at which point about a half-dozen
rats come out and start following him. This guy is getting pretty panicked
at this point, so he starts heading out toward the outskirts of town. When
he passes the town dump, *hundreds* of rats stream out and follow him.
Our hero is beside himself at this point, so as he passes the river that
winds around town, he tosses the brass rat right in the drink. Every last
one of the real rats follows the brass rat into the river and drowns.
Relieved, our protagonist heads back to the antique store where he got
the brass rat. "I knew it!", says the clerk, "You're back
to hear the story about the rat, aren't you?". "No sir",
says the guy, "I just wanted to find out how much you're asking for
that brass accordion I see you've got up there."
A man parks his car in a rough part of town with two accordions
on the back seat, forgetting to lock the back door.
When he returns, there are three accordions.
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