Author : George Whitfield

Written on Nov, 21, 2018 by in | Leave a comment
Tears of a Robot CD by Fiddlebox and Nick Swannell

Tears of a Robot by Fiddlebox and Nick Swannell A unique new album merges Klezmer tunes with machinery, wind and water soundscapes : CD available from Fiddlebox’s shop – digital copies from CDBaby, Amazon and iTunes.     Fiddlebox’s fourth album, ‘Tears of a Robot’ is a collaboration with electronic musician Nick Swannell.  It is an album of fiddle-led, synth-heavy, …

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CDs by Georgia Fearn, John Forrester, KentNielsen and Damian Clarke

New CDs from Georgia Fearn, John Forrester, Kent Nielsen and Damian Clarke I love getting the chance to play on other artists CDs and it’s always exciting to hear them afterwards. I am rather honored to be on 2018 releases by Georgia Fearn and John Forrester and slightly less recent (2016) albums by Kent Nielsen and Damian Clarke. Georgia Fearn …

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Accordion Keyboard Repair

Repairing Accordion Keyboards.   When the accordion keyboard needs mending it is often because they are too stiff to open and close properly, and sometimes I need to take them to pieces. All the pictures in this blog are accordions I have repaired for The Accordion Shop. I’ve always liked accordions because of their mechanical nature. The first accordions were …

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Written on Feb, 18, 2018 by in | Leave a comment
Hohner Atlantic with bass damage

Accordion Repair – Hohner Atlantic IV De Luxe I tune and repair accordions both privately and for The Accordion Shop which has branches in Sunningdale and Rochdale. Last week I was repairing a Hohner Atlantic, the same instrument that you hear on the Pogues albums and the choice of many professionals. Hohner have been making this model for years but …

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Karma Police for Easy Accordion

Karma Police by Radiohead for Easy Accordion Hi – here is the sheet music and a video for Karma Police by Radiohead – The left hand Stradella Basses play only 8 different notes and you can reach them all from one position without moving your hand!   Sheet Music Score

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George Whitfield Chromatic Scale Video Thumbnail

Chromatic Scale for Accordion Bass The chromatic scale is the one that uses every available note – all 12 tones. A knowledge of chromatic scales is useful because many musical pieces have chromatic sections in their bass-lines. There is a general article on chromatic scales on Wikipedia. Here we will be looking at how to play a chromatic scale on …

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Playing Melodic Minors

Accordion Bass Scales – Melodic Minor The melodic minor is the best scale! – It’s different on the way up to the way down – on the way up it ends like a major scale and going down it uses the notes of the natural minor. I also have posts for Harmonic Minor and Major scales, and there is quite …

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Major Scales for Left Hand Accordion

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! Video Accordion Bass …

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Accordion Bass Scale - Harmonic Mino

Accordion Bass Scale – Harmonic Minor Video 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! …

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Accordion Bass Scales - Hand Position

Accordion Bass Scales A lot of people ask me about accordion bass scales – this page should help anyone who’s keen to teach themselves. A knowledge of these scales will in time allow you to intuitively play bass runs and fills. First number your fingers like a piano player : 1=Thumb (but we almost never use it!)  5=Little finger. You …

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