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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Written on Sep, 16, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Fiddlebox Gigs in Reykjavik and Akureyri Fiddlebox are off to Iceland from 14th to 18th October 2015 and will be playing a collaborative Welsh/Icelandic performance with Icelandic musician Steingrimmur Gudmundsson There is a Facebook event page here Café Rosenberg and The Green Hat Here are the dates: Wed 14th 9.00pm Café Rosenberg Klapparstígur 25-27 101 Reykjavík, Iceland +354 551 2442 …

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Bluebox CD

Bluebox CD – All I want to do Is Play the Blues My blues band Bluebox have released their first CD “All I Want to do is Play the Blues”. It’s a blues rock album featuring the “Hammond Accordion” sound – the natural accordion sound is mixed with a Hammond organ emulation (being generated simultaneously on my MIDI accordion) and …

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Jerrycan Slide Guitar "The Jerrycaster"

The Jerrycaster with genuine Fender neck I have finally finished my second Jerrycan Slide Guitar, which I am delighted to report is louder and much nicer to play than my first attempt! It has an upcycled Fender neck so I’ve dubbed it the Jerrycaster. Thanks to Yanni of Caffe Vista who donated the broken Fender acoustic! Electro Acoustic The original …

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Fiddlebox CD Eastern Honeymoon

Fiddlebox Launch New CD Welsh duo Fiddlebox (Helen Adam and George Whitfield) will première their new album titled Eastern Honeymoon at the Great Glasshouse in the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Carmarthenshire, Wales. Saturday 18th April 2015 at 14:30   For the first time ever Welsh dancing tunes are merged with Klezmer harmonies, the traditional music of the Ashkenazi Jews …

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