A great new YouTube channel Recently, I found a really interesting YouTube channel: Jazz Accordion Solos, the channel of French-born accordionist and bandoneonist Julien Labro (visit his website). On “Jazz Accordion Solos”, Julien posts his transcriptions of jazz solos by famous accordionists from the golden… Read More »Jazz Accordion Solos
Maybe you are a beginner just starting or you have been wanting to play this amazing instrument for quite some time and finally, now you are ready to buy an accordion. You’d like to know how long it takes to learn to play the accordion… Read More »How long does it take to learn the Accordion?
Maybe you’ve arrived here looking to play an unfamiliar chord or maybe you’re looking to get an overall better sense of what the accordion is harmonically capable of. In either case, you’ll soon learn something new and fun that you can utilize in your playing… Read More »Learning Harmony on the Accordion
With the intention of offering an alternative point of view, I would like to invite you to read this ebook, Stradella Xtensions by Evan Perry-Giblin, former owner of Brooklyn Bellows. It is a resource that both beginner and advanced players can benefit from. You… Read More »Stradella Xtensions: Harmonic Technique for the Accordion
The first thing and most important step of learning how to play the accordion is to learn the right position of your hands and how to hold the instrument. It’s very important to know how to hold the accordion while sitting or standing in order… Read More »How to hold the accordion – Sitting & standing position
Romanian accordion music has its own styles and characteristics but is often called “Balkan music” which actually includes the music of many countries of the Balkan peninsula (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Turkey). In this article,… Read More »Romanian accordion music
Something that every musician could confirm is that playing at home and playing in front of a larger audience is not the same thing. Performing in front of a large (or even small) audience is more a matter of emotion than technique. Once you are… Read More »12 tips for playing the Accordion in front of an audience
Accordion notation In order to play the accordion, you should learn how to read music, you need to know how to read the treble and the bass clef. In fact, accordion notation is similar to piano notation, both use the double staff, the treble staff… Read More »Learn how to read accordion sheet music
I receive many messages from people asking for suggestions about how to find a good used piano accordion to start studying. If you are not lucky enough to receive an old accordion as a gift from a relative, it can be difficult to understand what… Read More »What to look for when buying a used piano accordion?
In order to read accordion bass notes on a score, you need to know the bass clef. The accordion bass notation is quite simple, If you already know how to read the treble clef it will be much easier to learn how to read the… Read More »How to read accordion bass notes on a score