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Playing the Accordion
Essay, English Composition Writing on Accordion Playing
1) How long would it
take me to learn to play the accordion?
It depends on many factors: First is how much you love the
accordion, second is how much time you are willing to take from your
other activities, third and most important is how much inclination
you have towards music. I can say this much, if were to start
teaching the piano to a student and the accordion to another
student, both of the same age and having the same musical
intelligence and the same amount of perseverance, I would say that
in six months the average audience would most likely appreciate the
accordion more than the piano.
This would be true because the construction of the bass mechanism of
the accordion would make the music sound better than it would on the
piano. Therefore in the same amount of time the accordion student
would be able to provide better entertainment for his audience than
a piano student. If one is willing to devote one hour a day to
practicing and one has a good teacher and is willing to spend extra
time on weekends I would say that within one year's time the average
accordion student could be playing easy arrangements of the popular
tunes of the day.
2) Is it advantageous to practice one hand at a time?
It is easier to bounce a ball on the floor with one hand than it is
to bounce two balls on the floor at the same time with two hands. In
learning a new composition or in practicing a new technical study it
is best in my opinion to practice one hand at a time at first. Even
at my advanced level, when I come upon a new and difficult musical
experience, I stop and analyze, first the right hand and commit it
thoroughly to memory, and then I do the same with the left hand,
after which I start playing very slowly with both hands together.
3) Does playing the piano help the accordionist?
In my opinion, playing the piano helps the accordionist as well as
the organist. I know many organists who include some piano practice
in their studies. In my own case, I include some piano practice in
my daily practice schedule as I believe the heavier touch required
in playing the piano helps me in strengthening my fingers, my wrists
and my forearms.
4) How many hours a day do you practice?
As a student and a young professional, I used to practice eight
hours a day. At present, if I don't get in at least four hours a day
of practice, I am not fit to live with. However, if I feel extremely
tired I keep the accordion out of sight. On the day of a concert I
do not touch the accordion at all. I do, however, warm up for about
fifteen minutes before going on stage for my performance.
Essay About Playing the Accordion
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