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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Jerrycan Slide

My latest upcycled instrument is Jerrycan Slide Jerrycan Slide is an acoustic version of Driftwood Slide which is my favourite upcycled instrument to date. I wanted an instrument loud enough to play at the Dingle (my local acoustic session) without the compromise of bringing an amp and was inspired by Sue Overdrive’s Gretsch resonator with an all metal body. Here’s …

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Yanni Hrysicos of Caffe Vistsa, Tenby with Propellercaster and Spanner Metallophone

Upcycled Musical Instruments on Display in Tenby Upcycled musical instruments made by me – George Whitfield are on exhibit in the window of Tenby’s Caffe Vista (Crackwell Street, Tenby, 01834 849636) Generally the ideas come from stuff that could have been thrown out.   Upcycled Musical Instruments Propellercaster and Spanner Metallophone The slide guitar Propellercaster was built from half an aeroplane …

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Fiddlebox - a fiddle and a box

Fiddlebox play Rhosygilwen on 20/11/2014, FREE! Sadly I understand this will be the last Rhosygilwen Folk Club, and as a free entry club with a terrific venue and excellent acts it’s a shame to see it go. Many thanks to Glen Peters for providing the venue “Rhosygilwen” and Jan Steer for organizing the events. We hope the folk club can …

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