Author : George Whitfield

Stradella Bass Mechanism

Inside an Accordion Bass Mechanism. I needed a part so I started to dismantle an accordion bass mechanism that I had in my accordion graveyard.

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Worlds Largest Playable Accordion

I was super excited to be invited to visit accordion factories in Castelfidardo with Chris Lovell who runs The Accordion Shop. I do a lot of tuning, repairs and renovations for Chris and the trip would mean we could buy a stock of spare parts and see some of the working methods in Castelfidardo’s factories. Castelfidardo is a small town …

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Written on Jan, 17, 2019 by in , | 1 Comment.

I’ve been using MusicTech accordion microphone systems since 1999 when my first Beltrami was built – both my Beltrami accordions have them and I think they are great, so I was happy to be asked to install the same system for a customer. Once fitted, the MusicTech accordion microphone system is easy to plug in to a desk or amp …

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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, evocative …

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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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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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