This was originally published in February 2011, in a slightly different form. Reading the front pages of today’s “fake news” rags, I can still see that our… Read more “The Language of the Button Box”
UPDATE: Arrangements for sale have been made! In order to meet my wider musical goals, I’m putting my beloved Castagnari Nik (G/C) up for sale. It’s in… Read more “Castagnari Nik (G/C) for Sale (SOLD)”
Squeeze circles are abuzz over the newest release from Saltarelle. Its configuration is identical to the Elfique (which is great), but provocatively, the new one is called… Read more “Abandon All Hope …”
Over at Gumshoe Arcana, Monk has written an excellent and brief comprehensive explanation of how the reed blocks in an accordion work. Very clear! Check it out.
I pulled this out of the Patrick Lefebvre post because I thought it would stand better on its own. Apologies if I’m wrong. As always, comments, questions,… Read more “Accordion Speak 101: Breton Music”
(for the inimitable Tom B.) A friend made a comment a few weeks ago indicating that those who are not Of the Bellows may have difficulty grasping… Read more “What the Heck Does THAT Mean? (Accordion Speak 101)”
“So what is that you’re playing?” I get that all the time. They’re pointing at my accordion. “Isn’t that supposed to have … like … piano keys… Read more “Melodeon or Accordion or Accordéon or what?”