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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 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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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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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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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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Pressgang at a festival

Well, never say never, but after 14/9/14 I will no longer be a part of Pressgang. Damian has hinted that he he may carry on with a new line-up alongside his brilliant solo work so watch this space!   Life moves on… Having played with Pressgang for half my life it’s quite a break – but I cannot give the …

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Spanner Metalophone, Driftwood Slide with Steampunk accordion and hat

I’m doing a “George Whitfield Solo Gig” at Rhosygilwen Folk Club on Thursday 21st August and I’m quite excited because although I play a lot I don’t often get the chance to do my own thing solo. As well as playing songs and tunes on the piano accordion I will be featuring my home-made instruments including Propellercaster, Driftwood Slide and …

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