Peter Michael Haas has written a new book, following his other successful accordion books (“Play Accordion. Vol. 1” (AMA No. 610252E) and “Play Accordion. Vol. 2" (AMA No. 610302E)), in which he deals with the question: “Where can I find good accompaniment patterns for playing with others?”.
“Grooves & Duos“ is split into three large sections. Part A is dedicated to “grooving” in general and gives tips, examples and the first exercises with play-along recordings. Here, the author presents the history of the accordion. When it was invented, it was considered a modern technical machine which could replace the typical dance bands of the 1850s (consisting of three players - double bass, guitar and a melody instrument). With the development of the button section, the accordion could imitate a whole orchestra.
All the grooves that the pupils learn are explained in a consistent way: there is a score showing the collaboration between the bass (left hand) and the chord (right hand), above that is a marking track with arrows (=chord) and symbolized notes (=single note). This system can be transferred to the piano as an additional aid to get you used to the harmony. This is why the exercises on the CD are recorded first of all with piano and percussion sounds, and only later on the accordion. The author wants the players to realize that these accompaniment rhythms were actually previously made up of three individual instruments.
After this introduction, in which pupils will also be explained three different accordion playing techniques (mono, stereo and surround), part B provides a selection of groove examples. In 6 chapters, the different styles are presented and brought to life with possible rhythmical patterns. A selection includes: march, foxtrot, tango, rumba, soul, light accompaniment in ballads, blues, rhythm ‘n‘ blues, jazz, Latin grooves, hard-bop-shuffle, boogie-woogie basses, New Orleans blues, swing jazz walking bass, swing, waltz and jazz chords.
In part C, pupils will find 27 fully notated and arranged compositions, mostly in a duet format. With every piece the author gives tips to the groove patterns used in part B and about the character of the pieces. If the accordion player wants to play these pieces with other musicians, the music in C, Bb, E# (for melody instruments and alto-saxophone) is available as an additional download.