During my livestream last week Jack Feldsien asked for some bad habits to avoid as an accordion player.
I didn't have a very good answer at the time, but our very own Scotia emailed me with some great tips (thanks Scotia!).
I thought the forum would be a good place to gather your good (or bad) habits you've acquired so far.
Scotia, I'll paste your tips below:
Also from the livestream, Nikolai L. mentioned to practice very slowly, and to have patience. I couldn't agree more! Emphasis on the "very" slowly.One thing is the position of the right hand. Some people (mostly self-taught players) let their arm kind of droop down, and the wrist is twisted. I've been told by friends who are more professional players that I should always try to keep my wrist and arm as straight as possible (sticking out straight to the side).
Another thing is movement of the bellows. A friend told me I should try to keep the bellows tightly together at the bottom, at all times! And only draw the upper part outwards - like a fan. Some people just yank the bellows straight to the sides. That's apparently a no-no for professional players.
Also.... a friend once told me that when I put my accordion down after playing, I should always lay it down with the left side on the floor and the keyboard pointing upwards, rather than flat on the floor (with the bellows in the middle, keyboard and buttons on either side). That's to protect all the delicate reeds inside, a friend told me.
Would love to hear your thoughts as well.