When writing this book, I had two goals:
first, to devise an interesting
world music book and second, to construct a systematic accordion method book suitable to be used with or without a teacher, a method which would enable a step-by-step development towards a wholistic sense of musicianship.
Many enthusiastic letters – and many sold books later – have let me know that this concept is successful. For the new edition I have changed one thing in particular: the fingerings for the left hand have been altered to conform with current pedagogical standards. Two practice pieces have also been added. Other than that, everything has been left as it was.
The AMA publishers and I are always interested in feedback from readers. In fact, the number of letters posted to my website is quite astonishing … go have a look!
But first and foremost: welcome to the club of accordionists – I wish you much fun and success!
Peter M. Haas
Play Accordion of Peter Michael Haas
Accordion has been played and taught in Germany for a long time. In recent years it has been used increasingly in music genres which no longer fit the typical folk music clichés of the instrument: The Yiddish klezmer music conquered Europe by storm, Tango and Musette experienced a revival, many rock bands initiate the sentimental sound of the accordion.
With an introduction to the basics of the accordion the instrument can be learned and played really well. The basics of harmonies, time signatures, note values, intervals and many more are explained simply and can be practiced on the basis of exercises and simply charts. Improvisation and chords and their inversions for the right and left hand are shown exercises and graphs also.
Thus, this book is on one hand music book for all musical styles mentioned above and the other an excellent way of practicing the accordion playing in easy and simply ways.
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