The Button Box carries a wide array of tune books catering to many genres and tastes. New books are regularly added to our stock, so check back often.
A collection of widely-known and commonly-played reels and jigs, with chords. Book
These popular Irish tunes have been produced as a companion soundtrack to the book of the same title. Featuring Dave Mallinson on melodeon. Some titles include: The Old copperplate, Maud Miller, The Earl's Chair, The Green Gates, Tom Billy's and many more. CD
Another in the Mallinson series of session reels, jigs, and hornpipes. Tunes in A, D, G, bm, em, and am only; chords included. Book and CD.
The title says it all, a book crammed with juicy polkas to get your teeth into. A must for polka lovers as well as any other musician who is perhaps looking for easier Irish repertoire. Why not give yourself a break from the reels and jigs occasionally? In this book you'll find 100 really smashing tunes, some familiar, many not so familiar; play some slow, play some fast, play some very fast. 100 tunes (100 polkas) with chords, classified and alphabetical (with alternative titles) indexes. The book also contains a comprehensive bibliography and discography listing every single book and recording referred to whilst researching the tunes.
This recording has been produced as a companion soundtrack to the book of the same title. Featuring Dave Mallinson on melodeon. A must for polka lovers as well as any other musician who is perhaps looking for an easier Irish repertoire.
These tunes form the very corner stone of Irish music sessions. Every type of dance tune is represented: reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, slides, slip jigs, marches, set dances, waltzes, mazurkas, flings, a varsovienne, a barn dance, a single reel and a single jig. Session friendly settings: Learn them as written and you can be sure of having accurate versions.
This recording has been produced as a companion soundtrack to the book of the same title. Featuring Dave Mallinson on melodeon.
The final installment in Dave Mallinson's series.
This recording has been produced as a companion soundtrack to the book of the same title. Featuring Dave Mallinson on melodeon. CD
Traditional Irish Music Collection - Joe Burke Book with 3 CDs. Joe Burke Traditional Irish Music Collection. 104 Tunes compiled and recorded by Joe Burke. Tunes played slowly with variations and ornamentation suitable for all instruments. Book with 3 CDs
110 Irish Button Accordion Tunes specially chosen by Dave Munnelly. Includes reels, jigs and a selection of lively barn dances. Make the music come alive with this superb CD learning tool, featuring all 110 of Ireland's Best Button Accordion Tunes. The tunes are individually tracked for instant access. Book with CD.
110 Irish Concertina Tunes specially chosen by Aogán Lynch. Includes reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas and slides. The superb CD learning tool features all 110 of the tunes from the book and are individually tracked for instant access. Book with CD.
Gary Coover's newest book for anglo concertina, using the tablature system of "Anglo Concertina in the Harmonic Style." 75 reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, slip jigs, and airs with fingering suggestions. This book assumes a Wheatstone layout for 30-button instruments but can easily be adapted for a Jeffries layout. 114 pages.
The natural home of Irish music is the "session." These regular gatherings of musicians represent the best of the Irish traditional music scene: its camaraderie and sharing of music, and its warm respect for performers of all generations and walks of life. For sessions to be successful it is important that participants have the opportunity to join in as much as possible, and learning the sets of standard traditional tunes in this book will make you feel at home at a session. The selections are based on a consensus arrived at over the years during a regular Wednesday night sessions at the Cultúrlann na hÉireann in Monkstown. Suitable for all melody instruments. 38 pages.
This is a double CD set recorded live at Comhaltas headquarters in Monkstown. The companion book was published first, and the CD was made in response to requests for recordings of the printed tunes. Page numbers are given next to each track. Book and CD come separately. 2 CDs
This series of books and CD sets was produced to provide those learning to play Irish music with a virtual session to play along with, at home or wherever they may be practicing, and to hone their skills. The tunes, comprising sessions standards in all the main genres (even mazurkas and waltzes), are grouped in medleys of two or three, and are performed that way on the companion 2-CD sets. The musical notation is the typical single-line, bare-bones version. 38 pages.
The second two-CD set in the Foinn Seisiún series of books and CDs, designed for both learners and appreciators of Irish traditional music, based on the Wednesday night session from Comhaltas headquarters in Monkstown. 2 CDs
The third two-CD set in the Foinn Seisiún series of books and CDs, designed for both learners and appreciators of Irish traditional music, based on the Wednesday night session from Comhaltas headquarters in Monkstown. 2 CDs
This series of books and CD sets was produced to provide those learning to play Irish music with a virtual session to play along with, at home or wherever they may be practicing, and to hone their skills. The tunes, comprising sessions standards in all the main genres (even mazurkas and waltzes), are grouped in medleys of two or three, and are performed that way on the companion 2-CD sets. The musical notation is the typical single-line, bare-bones version. Check back later for the accompanying CD.
225 tunes. 127 pages.
224 tunes. 139 pages.
94 Irish tunes, many playable on a 20-button Anglo concertina. Most tunes are in the key of G. Book with 2 CDs.
"This collection presents 55 tunes by the great Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan arranged for guitar, keyboard, or instrumental duet. The basic layout for each tune is an easy to intermediate guitar version in standard notation only, designed to also be usable for keyboard, instrumental duet or larger groups. The chord names above the music give simplified accompaniments that can be played instead of or in addition to the full bass lines. The chords can be used for second guitar parts, for keyboard chord vamping or for accompaniment--single note or chord--on any instrument." --Mel Bay 48 pages.
This is the modern edition of O'Neill's, revised and corrected. Contains an introduction on the history of Irish music and tips on style and ornamentation. 254 pages.
A facsimile of the original edition, containing 1850 melodies. 349 pages.
Dance tunes from the Connecticut River Valley, including reels and marches, jigs, waltzes, and more. Some tunes have appeared in other publications, but many are collected here for the first time. 91 pages.
Companion CD to the popular New England tunebook. CD
Largely a tune resource, this book also contains information on the history of contra dance, stylistic techniques for playing the tunes, and how to group tunes in sets. 79 pages.
This book includes the 18 dance tunes from the companion CD of the same name, plus 37 more for a grand total of 55 original reels, jigs, marches, hornpipes and waltzes. The tunes are notated as lead sheets with melody and chords in a large, easy to read format. 57 pages.
18 original dance tunes played solo on Anglo concertina by composer Jody Kruskal. Music for contra, square, couple, céilí, and Morris dancers. CD
50 new tunes for country dance musicians. Reels, jigs, marches and waltzes - all guaranteed fiddle-friendly and dancer approved. 55 pages.
Nearly 500 jigs, reels, rags, hornpipes, and breakdowns from all of the major fiddling traditions. 301 pages.
New, revised edition includes chords, alternate titles, and a list of tunes by key. 97 pages.
"This book includes tunes recorded by Nightingale, Assembly (Popcorn Behavior), Wild Asparagus, Big Bandemonium, Childsplay, and Becky Tracy on her solo recording, Evergreen. There are half a dozen waltzes of varied flavor, a bunch of jigs and reels, a couple of airs, plus a few oddities." -- Black Isle Music 38 pages.
"This is the sequel to the first Black Isle Music collection – 10 years of tunes, from achingly beautiful waltzes to gritty dance tunes and much in between. Including an appendix of select tunes from Becky Tracy and Aidan Murphy!" -- Black Isle Music 62 pages.
An excellent collection of over 200 contra dance tunes, with chords, appendices, and a stay-open spiral binding. 305 pages.
A 'selection' of tunes from the above book, on CD. With George Penk on fiddle. CD
322 more tunes from the Portland contradance repertoire. Spiral-bound volume includes extensive notes plus discography and bibliography. 324 pages.
Tunes from the second volume of this very popular series. With George Penk (fiddle), Clyde Curley (mandolin, banjo, guitar & fiddle), and Susan Songer(piano & fiddle). CD
The long-awaited volume! 314 more tunes from the Portland contradance repertoire. Spiral-bound volume includes extensive notes plus discography and bibliography. 328 pages.
A two-disc companion to Portland Collection Books 1 & 2, conceptualized and engineered specifically for learning tunes. Each tune is individually tracked and you can pan right for melody only and pan left for back up only. Tunes are played at moderate tempo, except for the first and last medleys on both discs, which are played at dance speed with harmonies and variations. There is no duplication of tunes from the two previous Portland Selection. 2 CDs
The source book for the standard waltz repertoire in these parts. Includes notes on harmony and accompaniment. 66 pages.
74 new and traditional waltzes. 80 pages.
Another 67 new and traditional waltzes. 73 pages.
Another 75 new and traditional waltzes. 73 pages.
Bal Folk was created from a revised selection of tunes published as Massif Central Volumes 1 and 2, with a number of original compositions by Trevor Upham and Chris Shaw added. The tunes are suitable for melodeon, fiddle, and accordion and many will fit within the range of bagpipes and hurdy gurdy. It contains a mix of mazurkas, valses, scottisches, two and three time bourrees, and polkas that are encountered at a 'Bal Folk' in France. A number of tunes are written in C; however, they can easily be transposed to G to fit on a D/G melodeon. 40 pages.
This book contrains 152 tunes from Morvan, a "parc régional" in south Burgundy, presented in the keys of G and D. Originally published in 1997, the number of tunes in this revised edition is nearly twice that of the original edition. 32 pages.
39 tunes, mostly French, arranged for piano accordion. 79 pages with online audio.
A collection of 17 French standards arranged for the accordion. Includes Autumn Leaves, Beyond the Sea, C'est Magnifique, I Love Paris, La Marseillaise, Let It Be Me (Je T'appartiens), A Man and a Woman (Un Homme Et Une Femme), Under Paris Skies, Watch What Happens, What Now My Love, and more.
This companion CD is a great introduction to the music of Québec. CD
This tune book is the companion of the CD of the same name that can be found on our CDs page. 34 pages.
This tune book is the companion of the CD of the same name that can be found on our CDs page. 32 pages.
Cajun accordion tunes that can be performed on both piano and diatonic button accordions. The grade level is intermediate and follows the original 15 Louisiana Cajun Classics recording from Arhoolie accurately with added variations and fiddle solos. 31 pages.
Nearly 30 songs that are easy to play but still sound great. Includes: Amazing Grace - Can Can - Danny Boy - For He's a Jolly Good Fellow - He's Got the Whole World in His Hands - Just a Closer Walk with Thee - La Paloma Blanca (The White Dove) - My Country, 'Tis of Thee - Ode to Joy - Oh! Susanna - Yankee Doodle - The Yellow Rose of Texas - and more. 47 pages.
The Accordion Play-Along series features custom accordion arrangements with CD tracks recorded by a live band (accordion, bass and drums). There are two audio tracks for each song: a full performance for listening, plus a separate backing track which lets you be the soloist. The CD is playable on any CD player, and is also enhanced so Mac and PC users can adjust the recording to any tempo without changing the pitch. This volume features 8 songs: Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out the Barrel), Hoop-Dee-Doo, Hop-scotch Polka, Just Another Polka, Just Because, Pennsylvania Polka, Tic-Tock Polka, Too Fat Polka (She's Too Fat for Me). 63 pages with CD.
"Featuring a range of pieces from a Russian folk song, easy, playable with 48 basses, to lively Balkan and Klezmer dances, this collection has something for everyone! Playing tips help you perform the pieces in their authentic styles. As an extra: 4 pieces in duo versions with both C and Bb parts for the melody. In three interviews, musicians in the scene provide cultural background information. On the professionally produced CD, which includes selected musical guests, you can listen to all the pieces included in the book." -- Mel Bay 104 pages with CD.
A collection of old-time Scandinavian dance tunes arranged for the piano accordion. The audio available for download contains all 28 tunes in the book at slow and regular speeds. Suggested accompaniment chords are provided as well. 60 pages.
A collection of ragtime, marches, and popular themes, arranged for the 30-button Anglo concertina. Includes "The Maple Leaf Rag," "The Liberty Bell March," and more. 40 pages.
"An important study of an important figure in traditional music." --Musical Traditions
As Roger Digby's introduction states, "now, at the beginning of the 21st century, Dan Worrall has produced this collection of transcriptions which presents in conventional musical notation the exact notes that William Kimber played. This enables a precise understanding of the chords which are the distinctive and innovative feature of Kimber's music. ... It is the first time the music of a traditional musician has undergone such a detailed analysis." 28 transcriptions. Book also includes background essays on William Kimber, anglo concertina history and styling, and explanatory notes to accompany the transcriptions. English Folk Dance and Song Society, 2005. 96 pages.
A companion book to Kushner's Arise! CD. 27 pages.
Traditional Music of the Former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. 22 pages.
Music from the South Slavs, arranged for accordion. With chords. 55 pages.
Band Time, the sequel to Band Swing, is designed to be user-friendly to English ceilidh band musicians. Tunes are written out in a straightforward way, and with phrasing to help callers and dancers. Some of the tunes in this book have easier arrangements printed on the opposite page, so that less experienced musicians can contribute to the band and play at normal ceilidh band tempo. Includes chords. 48 pages.
Expanded and revised, this remains the English Country Dance musician's bible. 178 pages.
All of the tunes that were Not In Barnes (Volume One, that is). A collection of 413 MORE commonly used English traditional dance tunes, for all instruments. Many recent reconstructions and compositions are present in this totally new edition, making a good set with Volume One. Chords are included for piano or guitar accompaniment, and there is an extensive indices and cross-references in the back of the book. Metal spiral binding to lie flat for easy sight-reading.
This book is written for the 30-button C/G anglo concertina with either the Wheatstone/Lachenal or Jeffries layout, though alternate notes are provided in many tunes for players with 20-button instruments. It contains 50 Christmas songs and carols arranged in the same harmonic tablature system as Coover's "Anglo Concertina in the Harmonic Style." Beginning players will enjoy playing the melodies presented in this book, while more advanced players will enjoy working through the chordal arrangements. Includes QR codes for access to videos of Coover playing the arrangements.
This book contains 60 songs and tunes popular around the time of the American Civil War (1861-1865), including "Oh Susanna," "Annie Laurie," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," and "Yellow Rose of Texas." All tunes can be played on the 20-button anglo concertina and are printed in standard musical notation with the same harmonic tablature system as "Anglo Concertina in the Harmonic Style." This notation system allows for simple playing of the melodies (on any instrument) or working through the chordal arrangements presented. Includes QR codes for access to videos of Coover playing the arrangements.
Count Guido Deiro (1886-1950) was an Italian-born composer and accordion virtuoso. Deiro was a major force in the popularization of the accordion in the early 20th century. Concert accordionist and scholar Henry Doktorski has transcribed and edited all of Deiro's original music for accordion--45 pieces including waltzes, rags, marches, polkas, fox trots, tangos, and popular Deiro favorites: My Florence Waltz, Egypto Fantasia, Sharpshooter's March, and the Broadway hit, Kismet. A lengthy essay and rare photos from the Deiro family archive complete the book. 192 pages.
A collection of popular tunes for the 20-button Anglo. Several arrangements include harmonies. 27 pages.
130 tunes in each volume, with chord arrangements and variants. 52 pages.
Accompanies Dave Townsend's books of the same name. This two-CD set contains all the tunes in Volume 1. The tunes are grouped into sets, mostly in the same order as the book. They are played as they appear in the book, apart from a few stylistic variations. CD
130 tunes in each volume, with chord arrangements and variants. 51 pages.
Welcome to the world of international accordion music. This collection contains a sampling of ethnic folk music from Europe and the Americas and forms the foundation of a basic folk accordion repertoire. These songs are from many nations. They are crowd pleasers and they are fun to play. I have played most of these songs in the various bands I have played with over the years. These melodies have stood the test of time, so what are you waiting for? Open the book, get your accordion out and let's play some music! 74 pages with online audio.
17 favorite Italian standards arranged for accordion, including Carnival of Venice, Ciribiribin, Come Back to Sorrento, Funiculi, Funicula, La donna è mobile, La Spagnola, 'O Sole Mio, Santa Lucia, Tarantella, and more. 67 pages.
A collection of tunes such as Nessun Dorma, Quando men vo, and O mio babbino caro, to name a few. Appropriate for the intermediate to advanced player. 79 pages.
"101 traditional dance tunes that sit happily on the melodeon scale ...." the tunes can be heard on the CDs Garrick's Delight and Orlando's Return. 60 pages.
A companion book to Kushner's Journeys CD. 29 pages.
A selection of several tunes from the Klezmer and Sephardic traditions adapted for the accordion. Feature notes on sources, including translations of lyrics. All tunes are played by the author on the accompanying CD, and are suitable for all melodic and harmonic instruments. 60 pages.
Outstanding arrangements of more than 20 beloved classical pieces: Barcarolle; Funeral March of a Marionette; Für Elise; Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring; La donna e mobile; Polovtsian Dance Theme; Pomp and Circumstance; The Sleeping Beauty Waltz; Theme from Swan Lake; Trumpet Voluntary; and more. 56 pages.
400 waltzes, polkas, tangos, hambos, zwiefachers and other traditional dance tunes. A great resource.
A collection of tunes suitable for Cotswold Morris. With chords. Accompanying CD sold separately. 32 pages.
All of the tunes from the book, played on the melodeon by Dave Mallinson. CD
A collection of tunes suitable for Cotswold Morris. With chords....now back in print! Accompanying CD sold separately. 32 pages.
A tune book geared toward beginning button accordion players that do not read standard musical notation. Uncle Billy uses a "play by number" system. 18 pages.
A tune book geared toward beginning button accordion players that do not read standard musical notation. Uncle Billy uses a "play by number" system. Comes with a companion CD suitable for instruments in C or D. 12 pages with CD.
A tune book geared toward beginning players of compact accordions like the Schylling toy accordion. Uncle Billy uses a "play by number" system, which is geared toward players that do not read standard musical notation. 11 pages.
A tune book geared toward beginning players of compact accordions like the Schylling toy accordion. Includes "Bicycle Built for Two," "Oh! Susannah," and "The Yellow Rose of Texas," among others. Uncle Billy uses a "play by number" system, which is geared toward players that do not read standard musical notation. 18 pages.
A tune book geared toward beginning button accordion players that do not read standard musical notation. Uncle Billy uses a "play by number" system. 21 pages.
"The perfect pocket reference for sea shanties and other songs of the sea from the lost days of the great sailing ships. Over a hundred traditional songs with music, arranged alphabetically and sized to conveniently fit in your coat pocket, sea bag, backpack, purse or back hip pocket. Easy to learn, these favorite songs can educate or entertain, or perhaps even accompany a working tall ship crew as they turn the capstan, haul on the bowline or splice the mainbrace. Work songs, play songs, and all around fun to sing songs - for the sailor, singer and pirate in everyone." -- Rollston Press 231 pages.
A collection of 30 well-known Russian songs arranged for intermediate accordion players, by Russian-born accordionist Andreas Wins. Each piece provides the arranged melody and a variation with a harmonization. 36 pages.
A collection of 61 traditional melodies adapted for intermediate accordion players, by Jonny Dyer. Each tune provides the melody and harmony. The tunes cover a range of Scandinavian styles and regions. Notes included on playing style, tune types, ornamentation and use of the left hand to enhance these melodies. 68 pages with CD.
A collection of 54 traditional and contemporary tunes from the Scottish accordionists' repertoire, including jigs, reels, strathspeys, slow airs, waltzes, marches and polkas. Some tunes are arranged in a traditional, dance music style, where others have been set with a more contemporary feel. Strong emphasis has been placed on the use of the left hand to enhance the style and arrangement. Includes a history of the accordion in Scotland. 108 pages with CD.
Ten of his songs arranged for accordion by Kenny Kotwitz. Includes All I Ask of You, Any Dream Will Do, As If We Never Said Goodbye, I Don't Know How to Love Him, The Music of the Night, Old Deuteronomy, Think of Me, Unexpected Song, and With One Look. 48 pages.
12 famous Argentine tangos for piano accordion. 31 pages.
A collection of 36 traditional and contemporary tangos, milongas, chamamés, chacareras, zambas, and gatos, as well as earlier folkloric styles. Includes stylistic and historical notes on performance. 108 pages with CD.
A collection of 15 tunes by some of the great players of Tex-Mex. For piano or diatonic accordion. 48 pages.
"Favourite Scottish tunes in two part arrangements for keyboard, fiddle and accordion players. . . .
Many popular tunes from the Scottish tradition and even a few Scandinavian tunes that have become popular here. Most of the second parts are easy, some are very easy and there are even some third fiddle parts for some of the tunes. . . . Thirty three tunes in parts." -- Scotlands Music 32 pages.
Fifteen tangos and other characteristic pieces by the Argentinian master of tango nuevo, skillfully arranged for intermediate accordion players. Includes El Viaje, Pedro y Pedro, Duo de Amor, music from "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and more. 34 pages.
English dance tunes and marches set in three, four, or five parts. Suitable for most instruments. 35 pages.
English dance tunes and marches set in three, four, or five parts. Suitable for most instruments. 36 pages.
English dance tunes and marches set in three or four parts. Suitable for most instruments. 36 pages.
English dance tunes and marches set mostly in four parts. Suitable for most instruments. 36 pages.
Traditional songs of the Balkans in the original languages, with a pronunciation guide; English translations provided for most songs. Arranged for 2 to 4 voices. 44 pages with CD.
This book/CD pack contains 22 folksongs from all over the world, including: Alouette • Cielito Lindo • Kalinka • Kumbayah • Mexican Hat Dance • De saturre su forti • Skye Boat Song • and more. The CD includes piano accompaniments as well as full performances of each tune. 31 pages with CD.
"A unique treasury of words and sheet music to 247 traditional and original Cajun songs, this book will be a valuable reference for anyone interested in Cajun music and culture. Collected, transcribed, and annotated by Raymond E. Francois. One of the most remarkable comprehensive collections of authentic Cajun sheet music and lyrics from southwest Louisiana, from 1900 and earlier to nearly 1970, ranging from old songs which have nearly been forgotten to the classic songs of the Cajun repertoire." -- Flat Town Music 520 pages.