B/C Accordion Basics

This course offers the budding accordionist the opportunity to learn from one of the greatest accordionists in the Irish tradition today - Derek Hickey. It is suitable for the absolute beginner.
Derek begins by teaching the basics of the instrument then moves onto teaching tunes and ornamentation. This course is not solely for the beginner; it also has a lot to offer the more advanced learner as it features an excellent choice of tunes that sit especially well on the button accordion. In each lesson he 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 - slides and polkas, as well as jigs, reels and hornpipes. By the end of the course, the student will have a tasteful repertoire of 16 tunes and a comfortable knowledge of some of the common ornaments used in Irish accordion playing - cuts, triplets and rolls.


Lessons

FREE

The Scale of D Major

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 1


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

The Scale of D Major

Focus on Technique

FREE

Báidín Fheidhlimí

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 2


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercises on the Scale of D Major

Waltz

FREE

The Scale of D Major

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 3


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

The Scale of G Major

Focus on Technique

FREE

Dad's Polka

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 4


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercises on the Scale of G Major

Polka

FREE

The Brosnan Slide

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 5


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercises on the Scale of G Major

Slide

FREE

The Rolling Wave

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 6


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercise on the Scale of D Major

Jig

Downey's

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 7


E Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Rhythm in Polka Playing / Introduction to Cuts

Polka

The Cuil Aodha

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 8


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

The Triplet

Slide

The Cliffs of Moher

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 9


E Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Triplets

Jig

An Púca

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 10


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Melodic Triplets

Jig

Murphy's Hornpipe

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 11


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Ascending and Descending Triplets

Hornpipe

The Mist Covered Mountain

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 12


A Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Rolls

Jig

Touch me if you Dare

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 13


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Triplets

Reel

Gan Ainm

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 14


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Cuts

Polka

The Drunken Tinker

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 15


A Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Rolls and Triplets

Reel

Dennis Murphy's Slide

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 16


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Cuts

Slide

New Custom House

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 17


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Rolls

Reel

If There Weren't Any Women in…

B\C Accordion Basics Lesson 18


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Chords

Polka

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