Play Accordion Volume 1 (Book/CD Set)

Accordion has been played and taught in Germany for a long time. In recent years it has been used increasingly in music genres which no longer fit the typical folk music clichés of the instrument: The Yiddish klezmer music conquered Europe by storm, Tango and Musette experienced a revival, many rock bands initiate the sentimental sound of the accordion. This book is both suited for playing the named musical genres and also the first volume of the successful accordion school by Peter Michael Haas.
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Product Number:
610252E
Format:
Book/CD Set
Skill Level:
Beginning-Intermediate
Notation Type:
Standard Notation
Pages:
180
Binding:
Perfect Binding
Size:
8.25 x 11.75
ISBN:
3-8992-2160-5
ISBN13:
978-38992-2160-2
Publisher:
AMA Verlag
Date Published:
3/21/2012

Accordion has been played and taught in Germany for a long time. In recent years it has been used increasingly in music genres which no longer fit the typical folk music clichés of the instrument: The Yiddish klezmer music conquered Europe by storm, Tango and Musette experienced a revival, many rock bands initiate the sentimental sound of the accordion. This book is both suited for playing the named musical genres and also the first volume of the successful accordion school by Peter Michael Haas.
Peter Michael Haas, pianist and keyboardist in various Rock, Fusion and Jazz bands, discovered his love for the accordion and Tango (among others) with a little help by the music of Astor Piazzolla. Since then, he has been on an international concert tour (among many others) with the singer Karsten Troyke and the duo-ensemble "Váci utca", has co-founded the "Trio Milonga" and the ensemble "New Tango Berlin" and has played in the ensemble of the actress and singer Meret Becker.
The first volume of "Play Accordion Vol.1" is divided into four chapters, containing many exercises that can also be found on the accompanying CD (incl. Play-along-tracks). In Chapter 1, the bases of learning the accordion will be presented (holding the instrument, sound registers and more) and the different playing techniques (legato, staccato, dynamics) can be practiced in simple first pieces in C major.  From Chapter 2 to Chapter 4, more and more keys are added, so that the student can play pieces in major and minor keys when finishing this book. Find out more about the instrument (sound registers, the inner life and the history of the accordion) and musical forms (Yiddish songs, Argentine tango, Chansons, Musette) with page references to the respective pieces in each chapter, which complete the extensive learning matter of this first volume and allow each student either with a teacher or through self-study to learn the accordion.

Preface by Lydie Auvray

Thanks

Foreword

CD-Index

What size accordion is best for me?

 

Chapter 1

Getting to know the accordion

Fastening the instrument

The bellow release button

The bass tone C

The bass tone C – short notes

Notation for fingering

The bass tone C and its neighbors

The bass tones and their corresponding major chords

Alternating between bass tones and chords

How to hold the accordion

The first accompaniments

L’Aventure

The very first waltz

A circus march

Finding orientation on the keys

The registers

Keys and pitch names – “white keys”

The staff

The notes in the treble clef

The very first waltz

The measure and the rhythmic values

L’Aventure

A circus march

Legato and staccato

Little legato exercise

Melodies that everyone knows – 1

I’d like to have a little violin

Someone fell into the well

Hansel and Gretel

Jingle Bells

Dynamics

Loud and soft

A sentimental ballad floats over the courtyard

Squirrel’s evening song

Some gymnastics for the fingers

Hearing quiz: intervals

Right and left hand together

L’Aventure – second version

A sentimental ballade floats by again

The very first waltz – second version

A little barrel organ melody

The very first waltz – third version

Now the barrel organ gets going

L’Aventure – third version

Melodies that everyone knows – 2

I’d like to have a little violin

Hansel and Gretel

Jingle Bells

Handling the bellows

L’Aventure

 

Chapter 2

New keys and new buttons

New keys and notes for the right hand

The D major chord

The circus march in G major

Things worth knowing about registers

Squirrel’s evening song – second version

New key position and new chord buttons

A new position for the right hand

The minor chords

L’Aventure in D minor

The left hand learns to spring

Hearing quiz: D minor

A new symbol: the quarter rest

A waltz in D minor

Montmartre

Keys and pitch names – “black keys”

Whole and half steps

Sharps and naturals

The flat

Naming the notes

Key signatures

Seventh chords

Exercises for the left hand

La Petite

New finger position

Song for Theo

Hearing quiz: C major and C minor

New techniques for the right hand

Changing positions

A clown unpacks his suitcase

The half rest

When sailors sway to and fro

New melody range for the right hand

New bass buttons – the E row

An afternoon on the Quai d’Orsay

Things worth knowing about the insides of an accordion

Going home in the evening

Fingering: how to use the thumb

The repeat symbol

Autumn wind

Changing positions – 2

The carousel

An unusual position for the right hand

“Guinness” – Melody from Ireland

Listen: five notes in C major which you already know

Fingering – crossing under and over

Going up and down the scale

The A minor scale

Ballad for Micha – up and down in A minor

Accidentals

Key signatures

5 tones and a chord

Eighth notes – more notes for each beat

Tic Tac – for the right hand alone

Tic Tac – with a simplified left hand

Tic Tac – final version

The buggy rolls through the countryside

The carousel – second version, a little faster!

The dotted quarter note or the 3/8 note

Paris-Moscow Waltz: does it sound Russian or French?

Melodies that everyone knows – 3

Jingle Bells

Sur le pont d’Avignon

Kalinka

Accompanying with chord symbols

A waltz for inspector Maigret

Finger training for the right hand

Grace notes: a little ornamentation

Barrel organ piece

Things worth knowing about the history of the accordion

Position of the right hand

Stout beer: Melody from Ireland

New positions and bass buttons

New positions and bass buttons – the B and E rows

Fingering – silent change

From A minor to F minor and back

Transposing a melody

A waltz for inspector Maigret – now in C minor

Some words about improvising and chords

Improv No. 1

Improv No. 2

Improv No. 3

A theme and an “accordion solo”

Constructing triad chords on your own

 

Chapter 3

Notes for the left hand

The notes in the bass clef and their importance in playing the accordion

A small reading exercise – the very first waltz

The eighth rest

Tango fever in A minor

A little klezmer melody

The alternate bass – more variety with a new bass technique

Alternate bass fingering for major chords

Circus march with alternate bass

Miniature Csárdás

Alternate bass fingering for seventh chords

When sailors sway to and fro - with alternate bass

Alternate bass fingering for minor chords

Montmartre

Exercise in fingering 4-note chords

Things worth knowing about Yiddish songs and klezmer music

Shalom Aleichem

Bigger leaps for the left hand

Night show ‘29

The 6/8 bar

Playing two notes at once

Amore mio … on the beach of the Grand Canal

Exercise for the left hand

A sentimental ballad floats over the courtyard

Notation for dynamics

New positions for the right hand

Two melodies together in one staff

Lydie

Accompaniment for “Yolanda’s Peasant Dance”

Hand positions for “Yolanda’s Peasant Dance”

Yolanda’s Peasant Dance

Changing positions in the right hand

Musette waltz in C major

D’accord!

Things worth knowing about chanson and musette

Melodies for the bass

Chant

Fingering exercises

Day by day blues

The counter basses

Counter basses and major chords

Someone fell into the well

Stepping up and down the scale

A ball in old Berlin

Caribbean joke

Rock the boogie!!!

Triplets

Tic Tac Three

Mango Tango

More about chords:

1. An extension of “D’accord!”

2. Accompanying with chords for “D’accord!”

3. Triads and their inversions

4. Getting to know the hand positions for the inversions

The seventh chord in the right hand

5. New fingerings for “D’accord!”

6. Connecting chordal inversions

 

Chapter 4

Getting to know the keys and key signatures

The order of the keys

G major and E minor

Sol Majeur

Musette 1001

Irish ballad

D major and B minor

Up and down the scale in D major

New navigation symbols: “Segno” and “Coda”

Viene la noche en Buenos Aires

New button rows – B and F

Mon amant de St. Jean

C major and A minor

… and again a big leap

Hit the road, Joe!

Things worth knowing about Argentinian tango

The “Guinness” Jig

Diminished chords

Chords with foreign bass tones

Choral for Johann Sebastian

F major and D minor

Dandy’s Swing

Tumbalalayka

The buggy rolls through the countryside

B major and G minor

A waltz for the B major scale

Hava Nagila

… and again a big leap

Triads in the right hand

Moscow nights

E major and C minor

Up and down the scale in E major

The minstrel’s buggy rolls into the next village

Sixteenth notes

Footsteps from Bratzlaw

Autumn Bird

Greetings from Romania

Musette 2001

Ways of notating accordion music

Index

 
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