- 13 lessons teaching how to play 13 tunes.
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Piano Accordion Progressions features 13 extremely well thought out and presented lessons for both the melody (right hand) and the bass accompaniment (left hand) of the piano accordion. If you’re new to the Piano Accordion, we’d advise you to start with Alan Kelly’s beginner’s course.
By the end of this fantastic course, you can expect to have 13 diverse Irish tunes in your repertoire along with tasteful accompaniment.
Each lesson consists of 4 parts: LISTENING to the tune played by Marie, LEARNING the tune by ear, slowly phrase by phrase, FOCUSING on technique using the right hand, and ACCOMPANIMENT using the left hand.
All the tunes Marie teaches in this course are featured in the ‘Play Along Backing Tracks’ section of the website, so you can specifically choose to practice your left hand accompaniment along with a talented solo melody player. Marie strongly encourages players to practice each hand on its own before putting them both together. You can also play the melody of the tune along with one of our fantastic guitar tutors Cillian O’Dálaigh.
As Marie is a highly experienced player AND teacher, she has the gift of clear and concise communication. This is most apparent when she demonstrates how to use the left hand bass notes, and imparts excellent advice on the role of accompaniment in Irish piano accordion music. As the bass lessons progress, the tutor introduces chord substitution and how to incorporate the counter bass. The patterns of rhythmic accompaniment she uses progress throughout this series of lessons.
This course has more than a hint of Donegal in it! Marie talks about the influence of the Donegal pipes and the fiddles on some of the ornamentation she uses and this influence is clearly apparent in her choice of tunes. The Donegal lilt of her accent is an added bonus. Nevertheless, Marie does depart from Donegal for a couple of tunes – down to Cork and Kerry for a slide and a polka to keep things varied.
If There Weren’t Any Women in the World – Barndance
Many A Wild Night – Polka
The Lonesome Road to Dingle -Slide
Paddy Hudies – Slipjig
Bríd Óg Ní Nhaille -Song Air
The Old Favourite – Jig
The Home Ruler – Hornpipe
Humours of Toomagh – Reel
Miss Monaghan’s – Reel
Sample Sheet Music
Sample mp3 of Donegal Mazurka
Detailed questions and discussion on the course can be found in the Community Forum, available to paying members only.
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