Fun Fridays – September 8, 2017

There are some songs that simply make your heart beat faster. But when played at lightning speed you have to stop and watch.

“The Flight of the Bumblee”  …. on the accordion.

Anybody out there know how to play the accordion?

16 Responses to Fun Fridays – September 8, 2017

  1. Rebekah Millet September 8, 2017 at 4:17 am #

    Whoa! I wasn’t expecting him to play that fast! At one point his fingers even seemed to blur with speed. Great way to start the weekend 🙂

  2. Damon J. Gray September 8, 2017 at 4:51 am #

    Very nice Steve. When I was a sophomore in college, I roomed with a percussionist who played this as a solo on our concert band tour – on a marimba. It was astonishing to watch the mallets fly.

  3. Tisha Martin September 8, 2017 at 5:41 am #

    Wow, that fella can fly! Sharing this. A friend of mine plays the accordion. I’m always amazed to see her play because she has arthritis in her gnarled fingers, but she plays beautifully.

  4. Jerzy Wolfe September 8, 2017 at 5:51 am #

    My mom does, although it’s been years since she’s picked one up. I grew up listening to the great Mr. Welk.

    A bee up your sleeve will make anyone play faster. 🙂

  5. Katie Powner September 8, 2017 at 6:22 am #

    I am the proud owner of the compact accordion my aunt played as a kid. Even as a compact, that sucker is heavy! I have played it with the worship team at my church a couple of times and it is always a hit.

    So much harder than it looks.

    • Karen Saari September 8, 2017 at 6:54 am #

      Harder than it looks? It looks plenty hard to me! 🙂

  6. rochellino September 8, 2017 at 6:26 am #

    Neurons firing in the brain actuating the fingers without having to think about each individual move. Performing by a confident, overarching feeling. This is what mastery produces.

    One way to obtain it is through much hard work, rehearsal, sacrifice, discipline and dedication. For some individuals at least a portion of it comes through God given gift (natural talent) but many times must still be further developed.

    Whether sports, acting, singing, writing or any other creative endeavor this is a well worn path to mastery. Those who have truly obtained mastery usually make it look easy. Steve, you have a good eye for it.

  7. Karen Saari September 8, 2017 at 6:56 am #

    Those fingers looked like they were swing dancing! Amazing 🙂

  8. Richard New September 8, 2017 at 7:19 am #

    I remember trying to play “Flight of the Bumblebee” as an exercise on trumpet in high school. Never did master it, but came close when I slowed it down to a drastic crawl.

  9. Kristi Woods September 8, 2017 at 7:43 am #

    Oh.my.word! What speedy fingers he has. I’m impressed.

  10. Carol Ashby September 8, 2017 at 8:42 am #

    Fascinating! We had an accordion when I was a kid, but it had a keyboard for the right hand instead of buttons. I used to play it some (any pianist could), but I never mastered the buttons with my left hand. Plus it was heavy, so I never played it for long.

  11. Rebekah Love Dorris September 8, 2017 at 9:57 am #

    My daddy plays. I sent this to him. He taught me a little when I was a girl. I think I remember playing “Dixie.” The guitar was more my speed, though. If only I put the time into it this guy obviously has!

    I agree with Rochellino, all I could think about was the number of times he’s played each measure to get so good. Like Julie Andrews. I heard her teacher made her practice until she could NOT sing it wrong.

  12. Angela Carlisle September 8, 2017 at 10:24 am #

    Impressive!

  13. Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D September 8, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    Awesome, but if he ever gets arthritis, that song is history.

  14. Tracey Dyck September 8, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

    Now if only I could type that fast! 🙂

  15. Monica Rowan September 8, 2017 at 2:14 pm #

    Thank you for fun Friday. I can’t play but I can enjoy his talent.

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