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Neil

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Hey,

Just wanted to let everyone know (especially beginners) that I uploaded the first part of "La Nopalera" as a video tutorial on YouTube. It also covers the G scale in thirds. 

Hope it's helpful. I will try to upload the second part of the song this week.

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Neil


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Just wanted to comment that for those who want to cut to the chase, the actual song starts at 3:25 in the video. The first half covers the scale of G in thirds -- which is crazy useful to know for this song.

I made the video since it's one that I wish I had access to when I was first learning the accordion and this song.

I would encourage other members of this forum to post their own renditions of "La Nopalera" on YouTube since it's one that beginners often try their hand at first -- especially those following the "Tex-Mex Accordion" DVD featuring Flaco Jimenez and Tim Alexander.

The more diatonic accordion videos on YouTube the better for beginners -- it increases their likelihood of early success tackling the accordion and this genre of music.

Thanks!

Neil

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Neil it is nice to have someone like you to have the patience to slow things down and very clearly demonstrate for beginners.  Where were you when I was just starting out? Just joking hee! hee! Keep up the good work as a lot of the new members come here to learn as beginners. They will continue to stay long term as long as the feel that this is a great source for what they are searching for.

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Paul

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Thanks for your comment, Paul. I think it's easy to forget what it was like when we all picked up an accordion for the first time and painfully (to the ears) tried to poke out a simple melody.

Hopefully these videos will help beginners master a song, as well as give them a sense of accomplishment and some confidence in their playing. Enough, perhaps, to propel them forward.

Cheers,
Neil
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I've gone ahead and fixed the closed captioning -- the subtitles -- on this first video. You can turn them on by pressing the "cc" button on the bar beneath the video once it starts playing. So now you can actually understand what I'm saying since I have a tendency to speak softly -- and even mumble at times (ha!).

You can also change the subtitles to Spanish (or Russian or Greek, for that matter) if that helps. Click the "cc" on the bar, select "Translate Captions," and then select the language you want.

YouTube automatically tries to generate subtitles -- but with pretty disastrous results (at least for my videos). I'll try to find the time in the new few days to fix them in the other videos. 

Cheers,

Neil
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Neil,

Thank you for taking the time to make this video and break things down for beginners.  Keep up the great work!

Karlos
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Hi Neil,

Greetings from England, U.K. After many years of listening to tex-mex, I decided to learn to play the accordion and found an excellent, nearly new, Hohner Panther (the original model) for a good price.  Panther's are quite rare in the U.K. as they are not sold here new.

I would like to thank you for an excellent tutorial and to help me learn it - I have created a tab - I will post it in the "Tabs & Songs" section of this site to share with others.
I've only been playing for about a year on and off, and have learnt quite a bit (originally I played drums - although haven't for some years - and play a bit of guitar and piano).

Texmex is not played much here in the U.K. and most accordion players are using 2-row boxes for

English, Scottish and Irish folk music (not forgetting Morris Dancing) - not really my thing.

Thanks again,

Dawood.
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Tab created and posted:
http://www.reyesforo.com/post/la-nopalera-7273824

Best Regards.
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