Category : Learning the Accordion

Stradella Bass Chord Combinations

Stradella basses have chord buttons for Major, Minor, 7th and Diminished chords. By using these chords in combination with different bass notes you can create other chord types, the most useful being Minor 7th, Major 7th, Half Dim (or m7b5), 9th chords (including b7th) and 6th chords (which I forgot to mention in the video but are on the chart). …

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Skype / FaceTime Accordion Lessons

When I got asked to do some accordion lessons on-line I was a bit unsure but they have gone very well so now I’m offering them to anyone who might want them. A half hour lesson is £16 and includes any music or exersises I send by email before or after the lesson. Here is a quick video about it. …

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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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