B/C Accordion Basics is suitable for the absolute beginner and also more advanced learners who wish to add popular Irish tunes to their repertoire.
By the end of this B/C Accordion Basics course you will have a wonderful repertoire of 16 Irish traditional tunes and also knowledge of some of the most common ornamentation techniques used in Irish accordion playing such as cuts, triplets and rolls. The course has 18 lessons, broken into 3 to 4 tutorials each, where tunes are taught phrase by phrase.
The course begins with the basics of the instrument and then moves onto teaching tunes and ornamentation. In each lesson the tutor plays the tune at two different tempos: slowly for the beginners and at a faster pace for the more advanced learners. Many of the tunes taught are rooted in the Sliabh Luachra area of Munster, these tunes include slides and polkas, as well as jigs, reels and hornpipes.
The tunes taught in this course are:
The Brosnan Slide
The Rolling Wave
The Cuil Aodha
The Cliffs Of Moher
The Mist Covered Mountain
Touch Me If You Dare
The Drunken Tinker
Dennis Murphy’s Slide
New Custom House
If There Weren’t Any Women In The World
Sheet Music and Mp3s available to Download for each Tune
Sample Sheet Music
Sample mp3 of Báidín Fheidhlimí
Recommended B/C Accordion for Beginners
You will need a B/C Button Accordion for these lessons. Check out the Hohner range on ebay, they come in at around $500.
Advice Starting Out with the B/C Accordion
Enjoy the journey. Each lesson builds on the previous one, so don’t skip any. It is highly recommended to be familiar with any tune you are learning before learning how to play it, so download the mp3 file and listen to it frequently first before picking up your instrument.
Detailed questions and discussion on the course can be found in the Community Forum, available to paying members only.