I've discovered an alternate way .

I've desided to open and clean my vegged under the bed over the past few years accordian.
After spending some time for the basic arpedjio practicing, I've turned on Astor Piazzola "Libertango" and started to tune up in duo with the record and then some other records to follow -- what a fun!
Anyone had this experience?
can't say that I have done this myself. I live in the state of California where the laws are very strict "play an accordian and go to jail", it's that simple. We are however allowed to listen to pre-recorded Bella Ciao music.
Dekay: R U serious? Or it seems to me that I didn't dig all the US idioms?
Besides, If you've ever done it with any other instrument, it's OK.
I've jammed with a lot of the greatest bands in the world over the last almost 30 years doing just that. Great way to learn and keep up the chops. There ain't nothing like playing with a real band though. have fun
i enjoy playin' one of my several vintage kazoos whilst listening to jim kweskin lp's. this behavior constitutes a 1st degree misdemeanor in iowa (if you're caught) but is apparently legal in colorado, as long as all within earshot are of the age of majority or otherwise emancipated. not sure what california sez about kazoos but expect its laws are less harsh than pertains to accordions, an instrument (let's face reality here), only slightly less aggravating to a big slice of the world's residents than a badly-played hurdy-gurdy. ;^}
I missed taking accordeon lessons as a five year old by sheer luck that the teacher was Portuguese, and my narrow-minded French-Canadian parents offered me up to the local nuns for piano , and then organ lessons! Close call, eh?

So it was quite the treat to find myself mesmerized by four crazy guys spewing fine jazz in Avignon this past summer. Two phenomenal guitarists, percussion, and a wacko squeezeboxer improvising on everyone from Ellington through
Weather Report! And...they were from on tour of Europe from Poland!
Their CD has nice licks on it, with a definite Mediterranean
lilting tinge. It is the ONLY accordeon I have been able to listen to....
Have fun playing along with records! Great way to have fun with music and your preferred instrument, no matter the level of your proficiency.

As I'm sure you know, Piazzola does not play the accordion; he plays the bandoneon, a cousin of the accordion with only buttons and no piano keyboard. Subaruguru, if you haven't heard Piazzola's music, check it out. I think you'll change your mind about this unfortunately maligned instrument. His "Zero Hour" recording is acknowledged to probably be his greatest, incredibly passionate stuff.

Dekay, one of my favorite "The Far Side" by Larson cartoons shows two scenes. One is a long line of recently departed approaching the pearly gates, where St. Peter is welcoming each soul and handing each one a harp. The other scene is a long line of recently departed approaching the gates to hell, where Satan greets each one and hands each an accordion.
Wow! That's something new for me that some states prohibit listening to some music and/or playing certain musical instruments. Is it in compliance with 1st ammendment? Is there some more unnecessary state lows? If this is real about accordeon prohibition I want to form a band in California and play my accordeon until I go to jail(don't know for how long)! I wouldn't mind to have such record in my biography.
Marakanetz & Frogman: I was kidding in regard to my comments. The joke (to me anyway) stems from a poster that was taped to the refrigerator @ Rudy Studios (owned by Graham Nash) which I frequented during the late 70's as I had access to it through a friend when they were in down time. The poster portrayed an accordion surrounded by a large circle with a line across it and read "Play an accordion, go to jail." I spent my youth accompanying popular music on the piano, clarinet and guitar and even attempted a professional musical career for some 15 years, off and on. The main problem with this being my lack of talent along with a later accident which damaged my left hand. When cassette players/recorder came about (mid 60's?) I received one from my grandfather, as a gift, which also had a radio, a mic input and a speaker self contained in the unit. I used to record a piece of music from the radio, calibrate the tempo to a metronome (from our piano), cover the erase head with thin plastic and then multi track my own playing on top of the recorded music. I had no way to "monitor" the original music on the tape as I was recording (due to the basic design of the player/recorder) which is why I had to cue the tape and sync it to the metronome (which was my only clue as to what I was accompanying). I later on made many (more sophisticated) recordings of the bands that I played with over the years as we could not always afford studio time. So, yes, I do understand the joy level of what you are now doing. Am I "down" on the accordion as an instrument? Well, no, as some of our favorite music is of Basque, French cabaret and Italian folk origin in which the accordion (or one its predecessors) plays a major role. Have fun while you can (even if others may feel that you are making a fool out of yourself:-) as when you get older this type of behavior will hardly bat an eyelash. On a side note here is a rather melancholy tale of how music (or the playing of it) can effect us. In 1993 I was very disgruntled following the death of my 18 year old Tom Cat (a 23 LB part Maine Coon cat by the name of Pete who had shared much of my bachelor life with me). My wife and myself were at the Long Beach, CA flea market early one Sunday morning and without any forethought I picked up a vintage hollow body guitar from a vendors wares and proceeded to sing and play "Woolly Bully" to my wife. Those familiar with the history of this song will understand it's relevance. I had not played, let alone performed on an instrument, since my late 20's and this one act alone set me free in a way that I was much better able to cope with the passing of my dear pet and companion of many years. My wife and myself both embraced and cried for many minutes following this action. The onlookers on the other hand were totally confused by this ritual. Music, other than reaching the masses, can also be a very personal thing.
dekay: what a great story. and what a great feeling that comes to me from seeing your humor and insights here again. we've missed you. as they say in iowa, please don't be a stranger. -kelly
Amen to that, cfb. Hope to hear more from you soon, DK.