Accordion Bass Scales – C Major

Scales are very useful for accordion basses – they help with playing bass-lines rather than using the left hand to play the root note of the chord. Because Stradella Basses are “transposing” once you have mastered this scale you can play all the others simply by starting on the appropriate button!

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Accordion Bass Major Scale Fingering

Here is the music with fingering: your left hand little finger is 5, ring 4, middle 3 and index 2. (It’s “piano fingering” so the thumb is 1 but we never use the thumb on the left hand of the accordion…..or do you?!) Notes with a line underneath like this: _ are played on the “counterbass row” (the nearest row to the bellows) all the other notes are played on the “bass row”.

Accordion Bass Scale C major Standard Fingering

Stradella Bass Major Scale Diagrams

Start with your 4th finger on C and play C, D, E using the fingers 4, 2, 4.

Bass Scale Diagram C Major

Bass Scale Diagram C Major Notes C, D, and E,

Then use your 5th finger to play F

Bass Scale Diagram C Major Notes E to F

Bass Scale Diagram C Major Notes E and F

Now you play G to A using fingers 3 and 5

Bass Scale Diagram C Major Notes Notes F to G to A

Bass Scale Diagram C Major Notes F, G and A

Finally play B with the 3rd and C again with your 4th finger.

Bass Scale Diagram C Major Notes Notes A to B to C

Bass Scale Diagram C Major Notes A, B and C

C Major Scale descending

Coming back down is the reverse of the above!

Dont try to do it all at once!

The first time you try to play scales on accordion basses it can be very confusing so break it down a bit – Just play C, D, E and back down E, D, C – get used to that little triangle shape. Now try the next 3 notes F, G, A – it’s exactly the same shape but played 5,3,5 instead of 4,2,4. Once you can do that you are nearly home!

Good luck and keep at it!