The haters gonna hate, hate, hate, but I’m just gonna shake it off, shake it off and play the accordion!
I told my sister about my plan to learn the accordion she responded with true sisterly support, ha. She said, “Is the accordion that thing that goes back and forth and plays awful music, like polka?” Then she followed up by saying that I should send her lots of videos of me playing so she can endlessly mock me.
My mom asked me if I was *sure* I wanted to learn the accordion. Wouldn’t I rather learn the guitar or something more modern? The funny thing is that she is the one who suggested I play an instrument for #Project29. She actually suggested that I take up the piano again. I started playing piano when I was seven after Nain (the Welsh word for grandmother) died. She tried to teach me when I was a kid, but of course I didn’t have the interest or patience to learn at the time. Then when she died I decided that I wanted to learn. I play for 10 years before I gave it up in high school. So while I loved my mom’s suggestion to take up the piano again, I knew I would want to do it on my own piano and my house isn’t big enough to accommodate it.
So why choose the accordion? Well, much like how Nain tried to teach me the piano, she also tried to teach my dad to play the accordion. She was a music teacher and taught between 30-40 students out of her basement. She played the piano, organ, and accordion.
I like the idea of learning to play the accordion because of the family connection. I can carry on the family tradition of playing. 😉 I’m also doing this for #Project29, which means I’m doing this for me and no one else. I don’t really want to perform for other people, so I don’t really care that the accordion is an antiquated instrument or might seem like an odd choice. It’s for me and no one else. 🙂
Also, the nerd in me wonders if I can tap into some repertory knowledge a la Diana Taylor to help me in the learning process. If you want to nerd out on some performance studies theory, check this article out that explains the concept of the archive and the repertoire.
At least Charlie approves of my decision!
Anyway, bring on the haters because I’m gonna play the accordion!