Accordion Bass Scale – Harmonic Minor

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Since I  posted “Accordion Bass Scales” (where I describe how to play major scales in some detail with a diagram) I have been asked for a diagram for the minor scale – not as easy for a few reasons but here we go: If you dont like diagrams jump straight to the video!

I play 3 different minor scales: Harmonic, Melodic and Natural. Wikipedia has quite a good explanation of each here. This post deals with the Harmonic Minor.

Fingers are numbered like this: Index = 2, Middle = 3, Ring = 4 and Little = 5.

In Accordion music the symbol     _     under or over a bass note indicates that it is to be played on the counterbass row which is the row nearest the bellows.

Harmonic Minor Scale

Harmonic: This is the one with that marvellous eastern sounding bit at the end: semitone, minor 3rd, semitone! the notes for Am Harmonic are: A, B, C, D, E, F, G#, A

Here are 3 diagrams and the music:

Start with your 3rd finger on A and get the counterbass B with your 4th – stretch don’t jump. Your 5th finger then plays C on the bass row. If the stretch is too much try starting with your 2nd finger and see the note on alternative fingering below.

Accordion Bass Scale Am Harmonic part 1

Accordion Bass Scale Am Harmonic part 1

 

Now you let your hand contract slightly so that your 3rd finger can play D and repeat the same movement – the playing of A, B, C is identical to the playing of D, E, F but 1 button nearer the floor.

Accordion Bass Scale Am Harmonic part 2

Accordion Bass Scale Am Harmonic part 2

 

Now comes the big stretch F to G# – you have saved your 2nd finger all this time to get the G#! your 3rd can fall nicely onto the A and you can continue up or reverse the procedure to descend.

Accordion Bass Scale Am Harmonic part 3

Accordion Bass Scale Am Harmonic part 3

 

Accordion Bass Scales Am Harmonic

Accordion Bass Scales Am Harmonic

Minor Harmonic Easier Fingering Alternatives

If you only want to do 1 octave you can play 24524523 instead of my 34534523 – but you don’t end on the finger you started with.