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Learn To Play Piano Accordion

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Complete Method for Accordion - Luigi Anzaghi

Available in the United States again after a long absence. We're happy to see it again -- this is an instruction book for the piano accordion in English. Covers chromatic button accordion, as well. 213 pages.

$52

First Lessons: Accordion - Gary Dahl

Twenty-six lessons combining theory and technique. Exercises and tunes for the beginning piano accordion player. Mel Bay publication. Assumes a 48-bass instrument, but many tunes will fit on a smaller instrument. 32 pages with online audio.

$14.99
Getting Into Accordion

Getting Into Accordion - by Gary Dahl

This book is designed for the person who is returning to the piano accordion after a few idle years and needs a "crash" review. Included with the book is an instructional compact disc by the author. The minimum size instrument for this book is an 80 bass piano accordion. 104 pages with CD.

$19.99

Gypsy and East European Accordion - Sergiu Popa

Sergiu Popa, 4th-generation accordionist from a Roma (Gypsy) musical dynasty, sheds light on the mysteries and complexities of Eastern European music. Whether you're a soloist or part of a band, play along as he demonstrates and explains the distinctive features of a Serbian-Gypsy kolo, a Bulgarian ratchenitsa, a Moldovan hora, a Romanian-Gypsy manea, and a Jewish terkisher. DVD

$34.95

Hal Leonard Accordion Method - (Book with Online Audio) - Beverly Grace Joy

"Designed for anyone just learning to play the accordion, this comprehensive beginner's guide gives students an overview of the material, using photos and diagrams. From there, it moves to easy specific application in music reading and playing the treble keyboard or bass buttons or both. Note reading and rhythmic understanding are presented in an easy-to-understand manner and are reinforced throughout the book. Here, you'll find a variety of musical styles: American folk tunes, a calypso from Trinidad, a well-known melody by Beethoven, and folksongs from England, France, Germany, Ireland and New Zealand. The online audio includes demonstrations of all the songs in the book!" -- Hal Leonard 80 pages with online audio.

$14.99

Hal Leonard Complete Accordion Method - (Book with Online Audio) - Lucien and Richard Galliano

"The English edition of this accordion method penned by father/son authors Lucien & Richard Galliano includes fingering indications for both piano and button accordions, plus online audio demo tracks for download or streaming. The book features full-color illustrations throughout by Jean-Noël Rochut, a preface and a brief history of the accordion, and detailed instrumental instruction." -- Hal Leonard 112 pages with online audio.

$19.99

Learn Blues Accordion - David DiGiuseppe

"Learn Blues Accordion is a unique method book that includes 34 blues compositions and numerous exercises that will help you master the blues. The exercises increase in difficulty and introduce concepts and techniques that specifically target both hands. Explore blues scales, chord progressions and learn common blues techniques such as grace notes, slides, pedal points, double stops and tremolos. Left hand accompanying rhythmic styles are taught and used throughout the material, including boogie-woogie, the blues shuffle, New Orleans and walking bass lines. This book also features exercises on comping chords in common blues keys using various rhythmic patterns. Accompanying audio is recorded in stereo format, separating the left and right hands. The recordings are available online with included access." -- Mel Bay 96 pages with online audio.

$19.99

Master Accordion Scale Book With Jazz Scale Studies - Gary Dahl

This book has been designed to develop the professional or recreational accordionist further toward advanced musicianship. Why do we practice scales? The great jazz accordionist, Art Van Damme, when asked what he practiced, replied, "Only the fundamentals!" The fundamental classical and jazz scales with explanations are presented here in a clear, concise format. For best results use this book with or after the Chord Melody Method for Accordion. 79 pages.

$19.99

Mel Bay's Deluxe Accordion Method - Frank Zucco

A complete and thorough accordion method for the beginner. In this single volume, three levels of clear, easy-to-understand instruction teach music reading and playing from the very beginning, supplemented by original solos and arrangements. Students learn to play by feel and touch rather than depending on sight. Helpful illustrations and photographs are provided. This method mentions the 120-bass accordion, but focuses on the 12-bass instrument, with mention of minor, seventh, and diminished chords towards the end of the book. One of the finest accordion methods available. 99 pages with online video.

$19.99 With online video.
The Mighty Accordion

The Mighty Accordion - David DiGiuseppe

A guide to playing the bass side of the accordion. A comprehensive collection of progressive exercises guide the student in learning and mastering bass/chord patterns. For the beginner, the first few chapters assume little or no knowledge of the instrument and teach how to play simple accompaniment patterns. Uses of the major, minor and seventh chords are explained, with numerous exercises offered to develop skill in executing various bass/chord accompaniment patterns. For the advanced player, latter chapters present exercises on chord combinations needed to play sixth, minor seventh, major seventh and ninth chords, and other advanced techniques. Throughout the book, explanations are offered on the workings of the instrument and relevant music theory. Assumes a 120-bass instrument, though many exercises can be played on a smaller instrument. Play along with online tracks featuring many of the book's exercises played at both a slow and moderate tempo. 112 pages with downloads.

$24.99

The Piano Accordion Absolute Beginners - Karen Tweed and Dave Mallinson

Detailed tuition for playing traditional music on the piano accordion. Learn 58 easy, popular and well-known traditional tunes: core repertoire for pub sessions, country dances, ceilidhs, barn dances and hoe-downs. 32 pages

$12

The Piano Accordion Absolute Beginners - Companion soundtrack played by Karen Tweed

Companion CD for The Piano Accordion Absolute Beginners book. CD

$15

Play Accordion Today! - Gary Meisner

A new method book designed for self-teaching or instruction with a teacher. Starting from the basics of reading music, this book and accompanying CD takes you through the beginning stages of learning to play the piano accordion. Best suited for 48-bass piano accordions, but can be used with larger instruments. 63 pages with CD.

$10.99

You Can Teach Yourself Accordion - (Book with Online Audio) - Neil Griffin

"A comprehensive method written especially for serious students learning the accordion without access to formal music lessons. Seasoned music educator and performer Neil Griffin guides the student through music reading fundamentals, correct posture and hand positions, use of the bellows, bass buttons, keyboard, and more. Music theory concepts are introduced as required by the generous selection of carefully graded exercises and pieces. Although this book covers concepts that apply to the 120-bass accordion, it only uses 54 buttons (covering 9 rows in easy keys). Illustrated with diagrams and photographs. Includes access to online audio." -- Mel Bay 96 pages with online audio.

$14.99

Accordion: Mastering the Art - Murray Grainger

On this hour-long DVD, renowned accordion teacher Murray Grainger works with student Lesley Dolman, to provide a live audience with a valuable insight into how to improve their command of the piano accordion. Together they explore posture, right- and left-hand technique, articulation, tone production and bellows control, and how to develop tunes. Geared toward the intermediate or advanced player. DVD

$34.95