From: Mario Bruneau's Studio
I've been tuning pianos for more than 35 years and I apply this knowledge to accordions.
I know how frustrating it is to search for information on the accordion and come across so-called "experts" who fail to deliver.
Offers on the Internet abound but the fact remains: the glaring lack of seriousness and competence often encountered. Especially those that offer you to learn accordion tuning with an eBook as sole support!
To hear and understand the different sounds of accordions, it is imperative that the sound and recording of the tutorial be nothing less than perfect. The videos in this Accordion Guide are technically perfect. No sound distortions caused by a badly "tuned" room. You will find only "broadcast" quality videos in this guide.
Choosing your first accordion is not an easy task.
Indeed, how do you know which accordion to choose if you don't even know the sound differences between accordion models?
It is not uncommon to end up with a first accordion that must be sold because it was poorly chosen.
"If only there was a product that would give me a full picture of the accordion and answer all my questions."
It is precisely in this state of mind that I've created ...
6 downloadable MP4 videos corresponding to the 6 chapters total. Almost 3 hours of viewing that you can copy to all your devices to view them whenever and wherever you want.
Complete eBook Transcription
The complete transcription in the form of an eBook of 170 pages easy to print and to carry with you anywhere, even on your mobile.
MP3 Audio File
The complete transcription in MP3 audio file which you can listen to while driving your car for example.
If you act NOW, you will get the EXCEL FORMULA as a bonus to help you calculate the beating rates for the MUSETTE.
I don’t believe at the approach of keeping silent the theoretical part in making you believe that the accordion is a simple musical instrument, aimed at amateur musicians. This attitude doesn’t service anyone. Neither you and certainly not the “expert” who delivers it.
There is a wealth of interesting theoretical knowledge that you will enjoy assimilating in order to know the accordion well.
Rest assured, I am good at transmitting knowledge. I am very curious by nature and science always fascinated me. You will see, I shall convey this passion to you and together, we will have fun!
So don’t be surprised if I teach you how to silently close a door as an example!
Even if this guide is quite advanced, it is primarily intended for accordion enthusiasts.
I don’t believe in the approach of "ommiting" the theoretical part by making you believe that the accordion is a simple musical instrument. It is because I respect you that I will not tell you any tales.
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You will find a list of the ONLY tools you will need and where to buy them.
The basis of this guide are the 6 videos but it also includes an easy-to-read eBook that you can read in a waiting room for example. It even includes an audio file in MP3 format easy to carry anywhere. Listen to the guide while driving your car, for example. Not to mention the FREE Excel Formula offered as a bonus.
When you take an order to tune an accordion, you cant get away without making the necessary repairs so that the tuning holds and therefore, you will have to take this into account and charge in the $450USD (400€) range for a regular tuning. Be aware that you can expect charging a few thousand dollars for a complete restoration, but you will have to invest several days of work.
It depends on your skills and talents. In general, the first year, you will take NO amount to tune your friends' accordion. People are nice enough to let you "practice" on their accordion that charging them an extra amount would be unthinkable. But nothing prevents you from accepting tips from the start!
I’m a prof accordionist near Boston and looking to add a “folkier” LMMM, double-cassotto accordion to my stable of bayans and pretty dry instruments. After much consideration, I’m thinking about Middles of: 8- (-4 cent) + 8′ (0 cent) + 8+ (+5 cent). I’m familiar with the sound of 4 cent (“swing”) and feel that would be useful for me in combination with the 440 set outside the chamber. Also the 440 juste outside the chamber in combination with the bassoon provides IMHO a better “bandoneon” register. The +5 cent M would in combination with the -4 provides a stronger 9 cent double tremolo which is still within my dry ear’s limits of civility. Unfortunately my direct experience ends at the MMM register as I’ve never heard my exact combination for “musette” in 3.
My thought was to order from Cooperfisa in Vercelli Italy and hope this tuning would put me in a likely position to avoid the need of retuning in case the triple M sound proves utterly disappointing. If anything, I have some doubt about the value of my +5M. Do think I would be wise to err on the higher side for my value of M+? Is it easier to have a set of reeds tuned up or down? What might you expect for the resulting sound of my MMM etc ? I welcome further any of your comments, thoughts for which I would be very appreciative. If you would prefer, I would be glad to call you for a brief conversation. In any case, thank you in advance for taking the time and interest to respond to a sincere stranger.
I am not familiar with the “dry” tuning. I never had a demand to tune a bayan before.
But for what I understand, I wonder why you would want to tune different MMM? Is it because when tuning MMM 440 all the same, you get a “strange” sound? I would tune all 3 M juste 440Hz and would not bother tuning the 8+ and 8- with any cents deviations at all.
best regards and good luck.
Thanks for your prompt response. The only point about my bayans was for context that my ear is inclined more toward the drier than the wetter side of the spectrum. I am buying an additional, new, LMMM, double-chamber accordion (not bayan) with tremolo specifically for folk music etc and am trying to get my best sense of what custom MMM values to request for a “polite” rather than an “aggressive” tremolo.
I was wondering whether you might be kind enough please to share perhaps a link for your +6/ 0/ -12 which you mentioned in an old Google Groups thread (?). Although the those values are higher than my +5/ 0 /-4 above, I would nevertheless find it of great interest to hear. Perhaps it would not sound too strong to me. Or perhaps if I found it a bit strong, then I might consider +4/ 0/ -8. Hopefully I’ve explained my situation better this time.
I think you’re a good candidate to purchase my accordion guide. All your questions would have answers.
Also, I prefer you post your questions on the page itself so everybody can benefit from our conversation. Just use the comment form a the bottom of the home page of https://accordionguide.info
Now I understand where you want to go. Sorry for that.
You want a folkish musette but don’t want a too old and crunchy musette beating rate.
I would suggest you go for this scheme using beat per second as metrics because it is more convenient:
3 beats/sec 0 beats/sec 1.5 beats/sec and you would end up with this kind of sound:
Here is a slide taken from my accordion guide that gives you the metrics for tuning with 2 beats/sec
Please also find attached a pdf with the excel formula to tune the musette. I have put in 1 beat/sec and as you can see, your +4 cents is at A440 line #57
All this is included in my accordion guide. I strongly recommend you get it.
Thanks for your very helpful info. Just a few more questions pls.
Which of the following demo your instrument that is tuned as 3 beats/ 0 / 1.5 beats: “How to choose an accordion” ( link above ); your https:/ /www.youtube.com/watch? ; ;v=zk23tUboW2Y ;your https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD4Z2dUU3eA ? Beautiful piece btw La Voix des Anges! My impression of these triple musettes (I’m surmising they’re the same) is that it is quite pleasant especially on single notes but of course busier for chords. This leads me to wonder whether a bit more suitable for me might be a “diluted” [ 2 Beat/ 0 / 1 beat ] or perhaps [ 2.6 Beat/ 0 / 1.3 Beat ] which would both provide also a “swing” double musette
Does your Accordion Guide have sound samples of ( such mild ) triple musette tunings? Would it have any references for an online tool for the superimposition of any 3 sine waves? I’ve found one for only 2 waves but examples of offsets for double tremolo accordions already abound. Btw on a Physics forum I found the special case of 3 frequencies of equal intervening offset (the old Italian way) and it was quite interesting to visualize the amplitudes of the primary and “secondary” beats which graphically showed how the addition of the intermediate base pitch had a mollifying effect on the double musette by amplitude depressions ( I could send you the link if you were interested ).
Lastly, re the “page” on which you’d prefer me to post questions, is that like access to a “forum” with purchase of the Guide?
btw my accordion here is ~ 440 cassotto/ 440 out of cassotto/ + 1.5 Beats ( too “classical a musette for me, not “punchy” enough )
The first one is my “La voix des anges” live with my Brandoni Mod133 tuned -3beats/sec 0beats/sec +1.5beats/sec All the videos with my Brandoni are tune that way with a very slow 1.5beats/sec for the 8+ and 3beats/sec for the 8- And the second one is my “La voix des anges” produced by me with an arrangement from Bengt Olausson.
No one really use the triple musette with chords. Triple musette is for the very fast French musette waltz of any traditional music with a lot of notes and fast musical passages. Always single notes played with a lots of ornaments and with a “détaché” style. This is what the French refer to as: les flonflons.
Yes, you’re right. A softer tremolo would be better but keep in mind that the closer two reeds are tuned together, the tremolo tend to disappear. Hence why you need to check by ear, not just with the numbers and theoretical concepts.
No. All the examples use 2 reeds.
There is a graphical representation of the 3 reeds effect.
See the following pictures from the accordion guide:
Well it’s like a forum. People leave their questions in the comment form below. You don’t need to purchase the Accordion Guide to ask questions here.
Nice playing Joe! I think you use also the bassoon? Americans have a bad habit to use the bassoon with the 3 or 2 clarinets to play musette style. Using the Master register is a no no for musette. Musette is strictly 2 or 3 clarinets and none of them are in the cassotto. Maybe what I hear is the clarinet in the cassotto? Even with just + 1.5 beats, if the two clarinets where out of the cassotto, it would have a decent musette sound.
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Today March the 28th, I am starting the translation of both the website and the complete Accordion Guide.
You will be able to purchase it in few months.