Hot Accordion How-Tos

How To: Play "The Chicken Dance" on the accordion

Interested in playing "The Chicken Dance" on your accordion? See how it's done with this free video accordion lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the accordion, accordionists of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "The Chicken Dance" on your own squeezebox, take a look!

How To: Play "Prenzlauerberg" by Beirut on the accordion

In this video you are shown how to play Prenzlauerberg on accordion. You will use the right hand for the melody. Both hands will be used. Your tutor divides the song into three playable components, after you develop skill in playing them you can piece them together. The song starts on G, the chords played include G minor, C minor and D7. The D7 chord includes the notes D, F sharp and C. When playing a chord you hold all of the notes (keys) of the chord at the same time. Also, playing D7 chord...

How To: Do the half beat bass technique on the accordion

This how to video shows you how to perform a half beat bass technique on an accordion. You will skip every other beat to do this. In this example, a Beatles song will be played to show you how to do this. First, you will how it is normally played. Next, you will hear it using the half beat bass technique. To practice this, do an um pa um pa beat to a song that you know, such as "Mary had a Little Lamb". Say the um part but not play it. However, play the pa part. First, play it normally and th...

How To: Play the Tetris theme song on the accordion

In this video, we learn how to play the Tetris theme song on the accordion. D major 7 is the first chord, going to A, B flat, C, B flat, A, G, B flat, D, C, B flat, A, B flat, C, D, B flat, G, and G. Play these separately, then practice doing all of these chords in order one after the other to do the first part of the song. Now, walk up to the C chord and then press, B flat, F, D, B flat, D, C, B flat, A, B flat, A, C, D, and D. Continue to play these chords until you reach the end of the son...

How To: Play "Lara's Theme" from Dr. Zhivago on the accordion

Interested in playing "Lara's Theme" from the 1965 film Dr Zhivago on your accordion? See how it's done with this free video accordion lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the accordion, accordionists of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Lara's Theme" on your own squeezebox, take a look!

How To: Play the bass part to "Falling Slowly" on accordion

Interested in playing the legato bass part to Once's "Falling Slowly" on your accordion? See how it's done with this free video accordion lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the accordion, accordionists of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Falling Slowly" on your own squeezebox, take a look!

How To: Do the legato bass technique on the accordion

Moshezuchter demonstrates how to do a legato bass technique on an accordion which will add drama to your playing. Legato means tying it together. When playing staccato, you touch the keys like they are hot with short strokes to get the punctuated effect. Try playing an alternate base pattern using A, A minor, E to A minor for an oompah sound. Hold your finger on the A while pumping the A minor key. Then, hit the E major key while continuing to hole the A key down. You can also transition to o...

How To: Do the right hand slide up technique on the accordion

If you want to know how to do the right hand slide up technique on the accordion you should take D as an example of a not you want to slide up to it. You can slide up to this not using 1, or 2 or three notes. You can also do 4, but this is a lot to do. The fingering to use is to have a spare finger before the not you want to hit. You can use your index finger or a middle finger. Choose the semitone before the D and roll over the D. Make sure the emphasis is on the D note. You just want to lig...

How To: Play "Rhineland" by Beirut on the accordion

Interested in playing Beirut's "Rhineland" on your accordion? See how it's done with this free video accordion lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the accordion, accordionists of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Rhineland" on your own squeezebox, take a look!

How To: Play "Mount Wroclai" by Beirut on the accordion

Interested in playing Beirut's "Mount Wroclai" on your accordion? See how it's done with this free video accordion lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song. While this tutorial is geared toward those who already have some knowledge of the accordion, accordionists of all skill level should be able to follow along given adequate time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Mount Wroclai" on your own squeezebox, take a look!

How To: Play the "Howl's Moving Castle" theme on the accordion

If you want to play the Howl's Moving Castle theme on accordion you first need to play on the right hand D, G, B flat, D or G minor and on the left hand you press the C minor then go D 7 and G minor. Then it goes C minor, F and B flat. Next play D minor, E minor, A7, D minor, then C, B flat and A 7. B flat to A 7 is a pretty large jump so you may need to practice. So again you repeat C minor, D7 and G minor. Then C minor, F and Flat. Next play D minor, E minor, A7, D minor, C, B flat and then...

How To: Play the "Nostalgia" theme on the accordion

Watch this video by Youtube user moshezuchter as he takes you through the different steps in playing the Nostalgia Theme by Alexander Winfield from the puppet play entitled, "All Hail Ye Mighty Lords of Nowhere," using an accordion. The tune of Nostalgia is very slow and haunting, and it can be used to create a mood when you're making a play or a movie. The piece is very easy. It's basically just a collection of different chords. First, you start with D minor, then, you play a G9. Alternate w...

How To: Disassemble an accordion

The reeds, cover pins, keys and the bass are a few of the parts you'll need to identify and disassemble on your accordion. Learn more in this free video series that will show you how to safely and easily remove the different parts of your accordion.

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