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Irish Button Accordion
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The Irish Accordion Tutor: Volume 1 - Damien Connolly
Since the summer of 2006, Connolly has experimented with a more useful way to learn the B/C accordion - one that exploits our natural ability to visually dual-process colors and symbols along with the benefits of the face-to-face learning characteristic of the oral tradition. The result is this tutor, a combination of a manual and a DVD of short videos. The manual provides detailed descriptions and explanations of how to perform virtually every operation on the Irish B/C accordion - bellows control, grace notes, triplets, rolls, basses, etc. - along with notation for 29 reels, jigs, and polkas. The DVD contains close-up views of Damien's hand as he plays slowly, once through every tune offered in the manual. This is recommended for the intermediate to advanced player. All bass annotation is for a Nolan bass, but is easily applicable to any other common bass layout. 96 pages with DVD.
$45
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Learn to Play Irish Button Accordion - John Williams
John Williams is a virtuoso on both concertina and two-row button accordion. This DVD teaches basics like holding the accordion, first scales, bass notes, chords, arpeggios, scales in triplets, waltz rhythm and more, plus five traditional Irish tunes: Oro (Se Do Bheatha Bhaile), Saddle The Pony, Napoleon Crossing The Rhine, Sporting Nellie, and Sally Gardens. Includes music. 70 minutes.  DVD
$29.95
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B/C Button Accordion Tutorial - taught by Derek Hickey
The beginner's section demonstrates basic button accordion skills and introduces jigs and reels.  The advanced section features jigs, reels, polkas, slides and hornpipes, as well as ornamentation techniques.  This CD-ROM includes video, text, photographs, and musical notation. This tutorial deals only with the treble side of the instrument.   CD-ROM (PC and Mac)
$50
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Learn to Play the B & C Button Accordion - P.J. Hernon
For the beginner. This DVD features instruction on piping techniques, triplets, rolls, & more; includes live stage performances. 90 minutes. DVD
$24.95
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Irish Button Accordion Techniques - Peter Browne
Tutor for the B/C and C#/D button accordion. Right-hand technique, focusing on ornamentation; some instruction on improvisation. 50 minutes. DVD
$24.95
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Irish Style D/G Melodeon: Mastering the Art - Tim Edey
Tim Edey works with student Paul Young to provide a live audience with a valuable insight into how to master Irish music on the D/G Melodeon. Normally considered the territory of the B/C box, this workshop will open your eyes to the possibilities of Irish repertoire on the D/G melodeon. Together they explore ornamentation, rhythmic drive, chord ideas, speed and dexterity, playing in other keys, and chromaticism. DVD
$39.99
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Joe Burke - 104 Tunes + 3 CDs
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. 52 pages with 3 CDs.
$50
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English Melodeon
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Handbook for Melodeon - Roger Watson
A complete guide for the beginning 1-, 2-, or 3-row button accordion player. Notecharts are provided for one-row accordions in C, D, and G; two-row accordions in D/G, C/F, A/D, and G/C; club accordions in C/F and D/G; and three-row accordions in A/D/G. All tunes are printed in the key of G but can be played on the inside row, regardless of key. 32 pages.
$14.95
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The D/G Melodeon Absolute Beginners - Dave Mallinson
This book is written for the two-row D/G button accordion with eight bass buttons. It covers the different types of button accordion, music-reading basics, and many tunes for practice. There is a concentration on playing the bass in time. While not focusing on any style in particular, this book aims to give students a good grounding, helping them to easily move on to whatever music genre they choose. The lessons are based on traditional playing styles and tunes from Britain and Ireland. 32 pages.
$14.45
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The D/G Melodeon Absolute Beginners - Companion CD - Dave Mallinson
This recording has been produced as a companion soundtrack to the book of the same title. Every musical example is recorded. CD
$16.45
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The Melodeon Tutor - Ed Rennie
Now available in the US! Ed Rennie's clear and concise instruction book will take the beginning player through the process of learning the D/G melodeon. Using English folk tunes, you'll be guided through playing with both hands, several bass techniques, accidentals, and playing in keys other than D and G. You don't have to be able to read music to use this book, but you'll probably pick it up as you work through it. Comes with a CD and a DVD with video clips of useful techniques. With a forward by John Spiers. Please note that the DVD is in PAL format - it won't play on NTSC players (used in the US and Canada), but it will work with your computer's DVD drive. 41 pages, with CD and DVD.
$49
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The D/G Melodeon Chord Book - Ed Rennie
Finally - a chord book for the right hand of the D/G melodeon! Contains clear diagrams with chords in every key, as well as how one might play scales (or parts of scales) in many keys on this instrument. Also contains a section on music theory and the construction of chords, complete with examples. 46 pages.
$29
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Traditional Melodeon: Mastering the Art - John Spiers
On this DVD, the renowned melodeon player John Spiers works with student Lucy Huzzard to provide a live audience with a valuable insight into how to improve their command of this distinctive instrument in the manner of the professionals. Together they explore posture, left and right hand integration, one-row and row-crossing ideas, chord and bellow combinations, right-hand fingering patterns, ornamentation, and bellows control. A wonderful opportunity to explore the fantastic playing of John Spiers and learn how to develop your own melodeon playing. DVD
$34.95
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How the Play the English Melodeon - John Kirkpatrick
Designed for students of the English style D/G accordion. Learn the music, style and technique of the English melodeon (button accordion) in this unique DVD from the master of the buttons himself. Over 3 hours of top tuition. Combines the former 3-part video series onto one DVD, for a savings of $86. "My playing advanced fifteen years in three months by listening to John K. The man is a virtuoso." -- Andy Cutting DVD
$32
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French Button Accordion
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Diatonic Accordion Method Vol. 1 - Norbert Pignol & Stephane Milleret
For G/C button accordions. Could also be used for some other types -- ask us. Very clear and well thought out beginner's tutor, newly revised with additional exercises. Book with accompanying CDs which are downloaded from the internet. Text in French & English. 67 pages.
$50
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Diatonic Accordion Method Vol. 2 - Norbert Pignol & Stephane Milleret
Book with accompanying CDs which are downloaded from the internet. Text in French & English. Topics include 9/8 rhythm; embellishing the left hand; using a metronome; practicing scales, chords, back-up and arpeggios; and repertoire. 118 pages.
$64
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Diatonic Accordion Method Vol. 3 - Norbert Pignol & Stephane Milleret
Book with accompanying CDs which are downloaded from the internet. Text in French & English. Topics include creating new chords with the left hand, ornamentation, asymmetrical bars, the blues scale, synthesis exercises, and repertoire. 105 pages.
$64
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Diatonic Accordion Method Vol. 4 - Norbert Pignol & Stephane Milleret
Book with some accompanying sound files which are downloaded from the internet. Text in French & English. This book departs from the previous three volumes in that it deals with the 3-row button accordion. Written primarily G/C/accidental three-row instruments, though it can be applied to instruments in other keys; no fingering patterns are indicated, and the tablature system of the other books in this series is not used. Topics include study of the main tonalities; knowledge of the keyboard layout; working on scales, chorsd, arpeggios, and harmonic cadences; and symmetrical scales. 105 pages.
$64
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Cajun Button Accordion
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You Can Play Cajun Accordion - Larry Miller & Mike Miller
Designed for beginners playing an accordion in the key of C, with no knowledge of music theory. Tablature and words for many songs. 41 pages with CD.
$22
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Beginner Cajun Accordion - Steve Riley
This DVD is intended for beginners and will help you build the foundation you need to play "Cajun style." Through a thorough method of meticulously breaking down four classic Cajun tunes, Steve Riley will pass down all the tools you need to be on your way to playing the Cajun accordion. Riley is originally from Mamou, Louisiana and has taught the single-row diatonic accordion at music camps and festivals all over the world. DVD
$28
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Learn to Play Cajun Accordion: Starting Out (DVD) - Dirk Powell
Powell teaches beginners how to hold the instrument, use the bellows, find the notes, and play “double” (octaves) - the essence of the Cajun style. Includes detailed instruction for playing some of the most popular Cajun dance tunes such as La Valse de Quatre-vingt-dix-neuf Ans (The 99 Year Waltz), The High Point Two-Step, Johnny Can't Dance. 75 minutes long. Includes lyrics.  DVD
$29.95
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Learn to Play Cajun Accordion: Intermediate & Advanced Techniques (DVD) - Dirk Powell
The accordionist in the popular Cajun band Balfa Toujours takes his exploration of the instrument beyond the basics. Dirk Powell covers topics such as ornamentation, syncopation, phrasing, anticipating the bellows changes, creating rhythmic effects and many other techniques to get a real hot Cajun sound. The songs include The Wafus Two-Step, Lafayette Playboy Waltz, Hick's Wagon Wheel Special, Dimanche Apres-midi (Sunday Afternoon). 60 minutes long. Early Intermediate Level. DVD
$29.95
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Learn to Play Cajun Accordion -Boxed Set- Dirk Powell
The beginning and intermediate DVD together at a discounted price. DVD
$49.95
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The Corey Ledet Instructional Triple Row Accordion DVD
Corey Ledet has produced his own triple row accordion video, featuring four of his songs. Two tracks of audio have been included, one for F/Bb/Eb accordions, and the second track for G/C/F accordions. Also included is a short film about Corey Ledet's life and music, and his search for Clifton Chenier: visiting Clifton's dancehall and grave, and talking to locals about the legendary king of Zydeco. Corey's teaching skills have brought him to Augusta Heritage in West Virginia and Louisiana Folk Roots as a teacher, and numerous workshops throughout the world, from Moscow, Russia to Paris, France, and back to Parks, Louisiana. Geared toward beginning and intermediate players. DVD
$28
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Intermediate Cajun Accordion - Steve Riley
Steve Riley, accordionist for the Mamou Playboys, presents five songs geared toward the intermediate player. He demonstrates technique and triplets in two-steps and waltzes, explores blues rhythm, and stresses the importance of perfecting the Cajun rhythm for the sake of dancers. Riley has taught the single-row diatonic accordion at music camps and festivals all over the world. DVD
$28
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Cajun Rhythm & Improvisation - Wilson Savoy
Over an hour of Cajun music and lessons on rhythm, triplet, and improvisation. Savoy plays the diatonic C accordion. DVD
$28
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Tejano/Norteño/Tex-Mex Button Accordion
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¡Aprende Ya! A Tocar El Acordeón De Botones - Foncho Castellar
In Spanish. A beginning guide to playing the G/C/F button accordion. With both tablature and standard musical notation. 48 pages with CD.
$9.99
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¡Aprende Ya! Escalas Para El Acordeón De Botones - Foncho Castellar
In Spanish. A guide to scales on the G/C/F button accordion. With both tablature and standard musical notation. 40 pages with CD.
$9.99
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¡Aprende Ya! Acordes Para El Acordeón De Botones - Foncho Castellar
In Spanish. A guide to chords on the G/C/F button accordion. With both tablature and standard musical notation. 48 pages with CD.
$10.99
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¡Aprende Ya! Cancionero para el Acordeón de Botones ¡Aprende Ya! Cancionero para el Acordeón de Botones - Ed Lozano
In Spanish. A comprehensive song book that contains popular Latin American tunes. The songs are transcribed specifically for the diatonic accordion, and have a tablature that makes playing easier. 48 pages with CD.
$14.95
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El Acordeón Completo - Rogelio Maya
Written in Spanish. Esta colección nunca antes publicada, revela el secreto de cómo tocar todas las posibles combinaciones de escalas y acordes al estilo norteño o tejano, sin importar en que afinación est é tu acordeón. Este m étodo lo hace muy fácil para cualquier edad o nivel musical. En un estilo único y simple, Rogelio Maya ha diseñado un nuevo sistema de aprendizaje llamado "MALI", el cual te indica claramente en cuál botón de que línea del diapasón debes tocar... sin tener que leer m úsica. Utilizando diagramas muy claros, podrás seguir cada lección paso a paso hasta dominarlas. Todas las lecciones han sido escritas en una forma simple de entender; sin embargo, "El Libro del Acordeón" viene acompañado con TODA la información necesaria... que será de gran valor para cualquier acordeonista. 63 páginas.
$21.95
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Aprende Acordeón Facilmente - Victor M. Barba
En este libro aprenderas ritmos y canciones de los estilos: norteño, banda, cumbia, bolero, balada, rock, mariachi, ranchera y muchos otros estilos mas. In Spanish. 64 pages with CD.
$15.95
$11.95
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Quiero Tocar el Acordeón - by Victor M. Barba
In Spanish. This book includes advice regarding accordion posture, 20 progressive studies, some principles of music theory, scales, and many ornaments. A system of accordion TABS© designed especially for this book makes this book easy to understand. Companion CD included.

Quiero Tocar El Acordeon, del reconocido autor Victor M. Barba es el mejor libro para aprender a tocar acordeon de botones. Contiene muchos adornos de introducciones, y finales, escalas dobles y sencillas, canciónes originales y ritmos de todo tipo, incluye norteño, corrido, cumbia, grupera y más. Cada ejemplo y canción viene con los nombres de las notas para hacerlo más fácil, y tiene un sistema totalmente nuevo de tablatura© y grafica para acordeon, y junto con el CD incluido, podras aprender muy fácil y rapido. Sin tanto que leer y muchos ejemplos para tocar, "Quiero Tocar El Acordeon" es el mejor libro de acordeon de botones, De la serie de Easy Music School, y Mel Bay Publications!
47 páginas con CD.
$14.99
$11.99
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Tex-Mex Accordion Bundle Pack - Tim Alexander
Includes the book/CD pack Tex-Mex Accordion Practice Session and the DVD Tex-Mex Accordion. In the book/CD, Tim Alexander and Max Baca play eleven tunes, both at performance tempo and at learning speed. In the DVD, Flaco Jim énez and Tim Alexander teach Tex-Mex music as played on the three-row button accordion in G/C/F. Phrase-by-phrase instruction teaches everything needed to make authentic Norteño music. Include classics such as La Paloma, Viva Seguin, La Tuna, and others. DVD/Book/CD
$44.95
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Tex-Mex Accordion (DVD) - Flaco Jimenez & Tim Alexander
This popular instructional method is now available on DVD, and at a lower price. Flaco Jimenez and Tim Alexander show you how to play this music in note-for-note detail, so that even a complete beginner will master several popular Tex-Mex tunes. With the help of Homespun's split screens, you'll watch Tim play a simple melody while Flaco covers the more advanced fills and ornaments as they tie together everything you've learned. Songs: Polkas: La Napolera, La Piedrera, Atotonilco, Viva Seguin; Redova: La Tuna; Tango: La Paloma; Schotis: Flor Marchita.  For G/C/F accordion, 70 minutes long, music and diagrams enclosed. DVD - In English
$29.95
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Tex-Mex Accordion Practice Session - Tim Alexander & Mac Baca
Tim Alexander and Max Baca play eleven great tunes, played at both performance tempo and at learning speed (half tempo) so you can practice along with them. A perfect companion to the Tex Mex Accordion video. Songs: La Napolera, La Tuna, Flor Marchita, Viva Seguin, Amor En La Playa, Atotonilco, El Quininche, El Circo, Se Me Cayeron Los Calcetines, Gatos Gueros, Salvador.   CD - Plus Music & Diagrams
$19.95
$15.95
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Conjunto Button Accordion - Joe Torres
A basic introduction to playing in the Norteno style for the 3 row. Beginning with basic scales and chords, Joe Torres shows you step by step how to play this great instrument. Also included is an explanation of Spanish music terms used by conjunto musicians. 30 minutes.  DVD - In English
$14.95
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Acordeón vol. 1 (DVD) - Cuco Mendoza
Recomendada por maestros en todo el país, la serie en DVD de Mayas Music provee su reconocido material educativo en un formato divertido y fácil de usar para que cualquier persona pueda empezer a tocar en corto tiempo! Con éste m étodo aprenderás las bases fundamentales del instrumento.

Recommended by teachers everywhere, this series of DVDs from Mayas Music provides proven educational material in a fun and easy-to-use format, so that anyone may start to play in a short time. The menus provide direct access to specific areas so that you may learn and review at your own pace. This excellent course assures you a successful start in the Norteño or Tejano styles. Manual included.
DVD - In Spanish
$19.95
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Acordeón vol. 2 (DVD)- Cuco Mendoza
Con este segundo curso, continuarás tu aprendizaje del acordeón y de acordes mayors y menores. Además, aprenderás a tocar ritmos y adornes populares. Contiene canciones y tirmos tales como polka, zapateado, vals, cumbia y much más. En la pantalla de tu televisor verás claramente cómo se ejecuta cada acción.
With this second course, you continue learning the accordion and the major and minor chords. In addition, you will learn to play rhythms and popular fills in songs and rhythms such as polka, zapateado, waltz, cumbia, and many more. You will see every movement clearly on the your TV screen. Manual included.  
DVD - In Spanish
$19.95
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Acordeón vol. 3 (DVD) - Taught by Cuco Mendoza (button accordion) and Enrique Martinez (piano accordion)
This advanced course presents more complex fills and ornaments, allowing one to play rhythms such as charanga, chotis (redoba), bolero, and balada. Instructions for both piano and button accordion. 60 minutes.
¡T ú Puedes Tocar El Acordeón Ya! (Vol. 3) Con éste m étodo continuarás usando lo que aprendiste en el Vol. 2, y lo aplicarás en estos ritmos populares: charanga, chotis (redoba), bolero, balada y otros. Acordes: diatónicos, disminuidos, aumentados y mas.
DVD - In Spanish
$19.95
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Canciones para Acordeón,  Part One - Cuco Mendoza
Mayas Music orgullosamente presenta una nueva colección de productos diseñados para los m úsicos que desean enfocarse en el aprendizaje de ritmos y canciones populares. Estas divertidas y simples lecciones presentan las canciones favoritas de siempre, al igual que canciones y ritmos contemporáneos.
This innovative DVD teaches you how to play songs in the popular style called "Norteno." Using a 3-row button accordion, each song is clearly demonstrated in slow and normal tempo, with camera close-ups, so that you can quickly learn to play with confidence. You'll also learn ornaments, introductions, progressions and more. Songs taught: La Bamba, Los Laureles, Lamberto Quintero, El Saus y La Palma, Cruz De Madera, El Muchacho Alegre, Caminos De Michoacán, El Adolorido, Cruz De Olvido.  60 minutes.
DVD - In Spanish
$19.95
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Canciones para Acordeón, Part Two - Cuco Mendoza
Songs in the "Norteño" style, as above, using the 3-row button accordion. Songs taught: El Golpe Traidor, Las Nuves, La Del Moño Colorado, El Lucerito, El Texanito, El Gallito, Amor De Madre,Tampico Hermoso, Paloma Errante. DVD - In Spanish
$19.95
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Canciones para Acordeón, Part Three - Cuco Mendoza
For 3-row button accordion. In volume three of this three-volume series Cuco Mendoza teaches the following songs step-by-step: La Cacahuata; El Sube y Baja; Alta y Delgadita; Los Dos Amigos; Los Peres; Caminos De Guanajuato; El Chive; 8 El Quelite; Valente Quintero; Maquina 501; Durango Durango; Simon Blanco & Las Mananitas. DVD - In Spanish
$19.95
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Accordion Workshop, Volume 1 - Steve Stacey
In this DVD, you will learn the introductions, pasaditas, and endings to 6 of Ruben Naranjo's most popular conjunto songs. You can also apply the pasaditas taught in this DVD to other conjunto songs. DVD
$29.95
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El Acordeón - Steve Stacey
Tex-Mex basics for button accordions in any key. Each scale is demonstrated in single notes, thirds and sixths. Also taught are the primera, segunda and tercera chords for each scale. 1 hour. DVD - In English
$29.95
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Pasaditas - Steve Stacey
Accordionist Steve Stacey demonstrates a series of classic and contemporary pasadas in three of the most popular key positions. Veteran conjunto artist Jessie Leza and Danny Luevano join Steve Stacey on the Tex-Mex standards Puno de Tierra, Besando la Cruz, and Cuatro Caminos. You'll learn a variety of spicy squeeze box pasaditas that can be used to accompany a singer on any ranchera song. DVD - In English
$29.95
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Echate una Polka - Steve Stacey
Stacey shows how to play three classic polkas - "Atotonilco", "La Piedrera" and "Madre Mía Polka". After each polka, each passage of the tune is demonstrated in a slow, step-by-step manner. You will also learn the trills and adornos that give the polkas that extra Tex-Mex flavor. 1 hour 20 min.  DVD - In English
$29.95
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The PHD's of the Button Accordion: Learnin' the Button Accordion (Vol. 17) - by Uncle Billy
A tutor geared toward beginning button accordion players that do not read standard musical notation. Uncle Billy uses a "play by number" system. Comes with companion CDs suitable for instruments in C or D. 44 pages with 2 CDs.
$33
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The Seaman's Fantasy
A collection of wonderful old sea songs sung in harmony by two great musical characters with concertina and button accordion accompaniment. This video was shot at various locations on the Mendocino Coast (Northern California). Songs and tunes include The Big Bow Wow, Port Arthur, Jim Jones, Outward-Homeward Bound, Whaling Johnny, Row On, The Liverpool Packet, Bound For The Rio Grande, Yellow Gals, The Ghost And The Maniac. 30 minutes. --Mel Bay DVD
$30
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The Art of Playing Hohner Diatonic Accordions - Irving Valentine
Instruction for most diatonic button accordions. Covers the basics from holding the instrument through reading music, transposing melodies, four note chords, and more, with a selection of well-known tunes arranged for accordion. Includes fingering charts for: 1-row German model in the key of C, 1-row Vienna model in the key of C, 1-row Vienna model in the key of G, 2-row in G/C, 2-row in C/F, 2-row in A/D, and 3-row in G/C/F. 40 pages.
$4.50
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