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Sunday, Jan. 22: the weather outside was dreary, but the music inside was anything but.
Joan Grauman and Peter DiGiovanni presented a workshop on playing duets, with lots of practical information in a handout (see below) as well as tips on how to develop a second part/harmony (not included below but we will try to post it to the website or you can pick one up at the next meeting). The group tried several pieces together, switching off on the first and second parts.
One of the pieces was Peters very nice arrangement of Drigos Serenade, which we hope will pop up in an upcoming concert. Our idea is to feature duets in our member concert in May (Sunday the 20th at 4 pm at Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church), so now is the time to find a partner, choose some music, and start practicing.
The workshop followed an uneventful election of officers for 2012. All of the incumbents had agreed to continue serving, and now its official.
Peter announced that the February 12 meeting will feature a dance party to celebrate our ninth birthday and also Valentines Day. Please sign up by replying to this email to play a dance tune. As usual we will also be looking for refreshments, and for volunteers to help set up beforehand and clean up afterwards.
Peter also announced that its membership renewal time: $20 for individuals and $30 for households. Membership cards will be filed with the name badges rather than being mailed out.
Joan made this announcement: If you would like to play for the group, for example a piece that runs too long to play in one of our regular concerts (more than 5 minutes) or a piece that you are working on and want to try in front of an audience, you should make yourself known and well find a time for you to play during one of our meetings.
Strolling Accordionist Needed for Feb. 11 Gig in Arlington
This agent is looking for a strolling accordionist to play love songs/romantic music for Valentines Day shoppers in Arlington (presumably at a mall) on Feb. 11 from 2 to 4 pm.
If you are interested, please contact:
Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio featuring Patrick Farrell on accordion
Thursday, January 26, 6-7 pm
The Dave Janesh Trio at An Die Musik
Saturday, January 28, 8 pm and 9:30 pm
This unique ensemble is an accordion-based Jazz Group playing straight-ahead jazz standards. The group will feature Steve Yankee on Guitar, Ted Naperkoski on Drums, Dave Janesh on Accordion and Phil Ravita on Bass. We will be introducing guest Vocalist Jordan Antkowiak.
Tickets $10 and are available in advance or at the door by contacting An die Music at above phone numbers or at
Interplay Concert, featuring adult music makers with diverse abilities
Monday, January 30, 2012, 8 pm
An evening, of eclectic music, exposition -- and dance.
Tickets $10, $5 for those with disabilities must be purchased by January 25 by calling 301-229-09829 or online at http://www.interplayband.org/
Parking on street or at Metro with a Smart or Credit Card
This concert will be filmed for a national documentary
NOTE: WMAS member Michael B. Rubin will be playing in this concert.
Accordionist Andrea Parkins & IRIS Jazz Ensemble
Sunday, February 12, 7 pm
Andrea Parkins - electric accordion & laptop electronics
SUNDAYS@7@THE CAVERNS 2012
A 2012 Jazz Series@The Historic Bohemian Caverns
With IRIS, New York-based improvisers Andrea Parkins (electric-accordion & laptop electronics) and Hans Tamman (guitar, electronics) collaborate with Paris-based improvisers Edward Perraud (drums and percussion) and cellist Didier Petit to create original works of structured freedoms. This evenings show - their premier stateside performance to follow their January 2012 recording and concert tour of Europe - is supported by the ensembles recent award from the French American Cultural Exchange.
All Shows $15
Advance tickets can be purchased on-line at: www.bohemiancaverns.com or (202) 299-0800; Info@http://www.transparentproductionsdc.org
Presenting the best in creative improvised music since 1997
Where 100% of the proceeds go to the artists
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DUETS & DONTS -- Accordion Duet Workshop
Joan Grauman and Peter DiGiovanni
DO: find a partner with similar skills, goals and musical tastes and preferences
DONT: feel that you are the lead musician. Two people playing the same instrument are a team playing one piece of music. It is not a team of a soloist and accompanist.
DO: practice separately to familiarize yourselves with the musical selections.
NOW THE WORK BEGINS:
DO: learn your partners musical strengths and use them! Does your partner do terrific sustained trills or glissandos? Then see to it that he/she gets the parts with trills and glissandos.
DO: encourage and support each other
Learn from each other. Everyone has something to contribute. -- John Simkus & Stas Venglevski
Get those notebooks cleaned up! These are orders from Mama Stella and Where are you now? Stop all that fritzin around and go PRACTICE!! -- Mama Stella Allison to duet partner, Joan Grauman
DO: listen to each other at all times. You must be aware of your partners part so you can support when he/she has the lead and take the lead when its your turn.
DO: make sure your register switches are compatible.
DONT: two accordions should never be on the musette switch together. If one is using musette, the other needs to use a dry tuned switch.
DO: If you both play the basses the same way and keep the chords short and quiet, its OK for both to play the bass. It is generally preferable if only one plays the bass part.
DONT: play the basses together if you are not exactly in sync. This will sound too muddy.
DO: follow the dynamics markings or those you both create for your duet.
DO: sing out the melodies.
DO: Create interest. Ex.: slow down together, get suddenly soft together, take a breath together. Its amazing how these small things can make a big difference in your music.
DO: make sure your beginnings and endings are clean and speak to the audience.
DO: as stated before, back off when your partner has an important run or solo part.
DONT: dont just sit and stare at your sheet music while playing your duet. You are a team! Smile even try to look at your partner periodically.
DO: no need to hurry. Sit and prepare before you start to play. Check your switches and your straps. Make sure all of your sheet music is in front of you. Then, take a deep breath, smile to each other and try hard not to show how scared you really are! J
DONT: dont play something that is a little too difficult for the two of you and dont rush through your pieces. Beautiful music does not mean fast as lightening music.
BIG DONT: never get upset with your partner if he/she makes a mistake or two (or twenty). You may be the one who makes those mistakes the next time!
DO: practice and be as prepared as you can be.
DO: choose material with fun-to-play parts for both players, relatively balanced in degree of difficulty
DO: look for interesting arrangements that utilize ear-pleasing techniques such as countermelodies and variations, parallel harmony, contrary motion, voice leading, and fills
DO: look for arrangements that establish a dialog between the two parts call and response
DONT: both play the exact same thing for very long, or expect one player to be satisfied playing rhythm only for the whole piece
Remember to listen to each other at all times, perform music you both enjoy and put in those little special touches that create your special sound.
And, remember at all times that you are playing ONE piece of music together. ENJOY!