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Learn to Play Button Accordion

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Irish Button Accordion

The Complete Guide to the Irish Button Accordion - Bobby Gardiner

"The definitive button accordion tutor by one of Ireland’s greatest traditional musicians, Bobby Gardiner, with 3 CDs. Bobby has been associated with the music department of University College Cork for over thirty years as an accordion tutor in Irish traditional music. In 2015 TG4 added Bobby to their ‘Hall of Fame’ when they awarded him a Gradam Saoil - a Lifetime Achievement Award. In this new tutor Bobby takes you step by step from your first notes to playing your first tunes and beyond." -- Claddagh Records 144 pages with 3 CDs.

$40 Currently out of stock.

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 takes advantage of 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.

$50

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

Joe Burke Traditional Irish Music Collection - 104 Tunes + 3 CDs

104 Tunes compiled and recorded by Joe Burke. Tunes played slowly with variations and ornamentation suitable for all instruments. 52 pages with 3 CDs.

$39.95 Currently out of stock.

English Melodeon

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

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.

$13.50

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

$15.00

Beginners' Melodeon Tunes and Techniques - Dave Mallinson

Enjoy playing traditional music on the D/G melodeon. Learn 75 traditional tunes from England, Scotland, Wales, Shetland, Orkney, Ireland, France, Flanders, Canada and America. 48 pages.

$15.50

Beginners' Melodeon Tunes and Techniques - Companion CD - Dave Mallinson

This recording has been produced as a companion soundtrack to the book of the same title. CD

$15.00

Instant Melodeon - Dave Mallinson

This book utilises a combination of standard music notation, melodeon tablature, time signature spacing and simple, popular tunes. Along with the specially prepared soundtrack, you have everything required for instant gratification and to quickly build a superb core repertoire of traditional music. 24 pages with CD.

$16.75

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 foreword 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.

$45

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

The D/G Melodeon Bass Book - Ed Rennie

Ed Rennie's newest book deals with "the Grumpy End of the standard D/G melodeon." The plain and concise text, complemented by clear diagrams, guides you step by step through the mysteries of exactly what's going on with the bass buttons and explores what lies beyond oom-pah. There is also a tune book in two sections. Firstly some tunes for Solo playing featuring all the techniques. The second section is something entirely new. Music for the Melodeon Ensemble, opening up a whole world of possibilities. 55 pages.

$29

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

How to 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

$30 Currently out of stock.

French Button Accordion

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 sound files which are downloaded from the internet. Text in French & English. 67 pages.

$45

Diatonic Accordion Method Vol. 2 - Norbert Pignol & Stephane Milleret

Book with accompanying sound files 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.

$55

Diatonic Accordion Method Vol. 3 - Norbert Pignol & Stephane Milleret

Book with accompanying sound files 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.

$55

Diatonic Accordion Method Vol. 4 — Norbert Pignol & Stephane Milleret

Book with 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, chords, arpeggios, and harmonic cadences; and symmetrical scales. 105 pages.

$55

L'air et le geste / The air and the movement — Norbert Pignol & Stéphane Milleret

"The air and the movement, almost three and half hours of footage where Stéphane Milleret and Norbert Pignol provide further insight into the four volumes of their method. The beginner and seasoned aesthete will each find something to fuel their personal history with the instrument. Nothing replaces the eyes and ears to get straight to the point. One talks of position, of sound, of gesture, of bellows, the air button, of arms and of the left hand, of rhythmics, of groove." In French, with subtitles in French, Spanish, English, and Italian.
Please note that this DVD is in PAL format — if you live in the US or Canada, this will not play in your DVD player (which is likely NTSC format); however, it will work with your computer's DVD drive.

$45

Cajun Button Accordion

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.

$19.98

Tejano/Norteño/Tex-Mex Button Accordion

¡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.

$12.99

¡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.

$12.99

¡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
¡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

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 método 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

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. ¡Tú Puedes Tocar El Acordeón Ya! (Vol. 3) Con éste método 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

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

And More

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.

$25