Hello and welcome to ...Play Accordion Volume 2!
I’m happy that the first volume was received so enthusiastically! Here’s the sequel – although this book can certainly be taken on its own as an independent edition. In this second volume I’ve also explained everything so it’s actually possible for you to work your way through the
book unassisted. But please don’t forget: if there’s something you don’t understand, don’t hesitate to ask an experienced musician or teacher for help or advice! When the first editions of
Play Accordion Vol. 1 were published 10 years ago, they helped to open a window on to the accordion scene and allow the influence of contemporary accordion music from all over the world in. This concept was so successful in Germany that AMA Publishing is now exporting the book in this English version all over the globe.
Fantastic! I am extremely proud of this and sincerely hope that you’ll like the mixture of topics you’ll find in
Play Accordion Volume 2. Allow me to point out a few highlights which, to my knowledge, have never been presented together before in a single accordion method book:
Stylistic Diversity from Around the World:
The compositions in this book show you the hottest and most important stylistic influences, from the elegant musette and the traditional Eastern European music to blues, swing jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms and the concert-oriented
New Tango of Astor Piazzolla.
Rock and Latin Jazz Rhythms:
Graphic patterns and proven, tested exercises help you to understand and play complex rhythms, from the simple “anticipated 3” common to rock music to rumba and bossa nova patterns.
During the course of the book you will gradually learn the basics about jazz chords. The fingering diagrams in the index will show you the most important jazz fingerings on the buttons.
This book also offers 5 original compositions that are presented in
workshop form: the reader has to first learn the pieces step by step, like a musician in a band, and then he or she can perform the accordion part along to the playback CD.
I have placed selected pieces in the Internet. You can access the videos from
On my website you can also find up-to-date information and accordion music that you can download for free. I look forward to receiving messages from readers all over the world and will be happy to post your best accordion photos!
Peter M. Haas
Play Accordion Vol.2
The first accordion music book for advanced students which is not only a "classic" music book with pieces but also with many vivid examples of world music: Musette Waltzs, Eastern European Sirbas and Horas from the Jewish klezmer repertoire, tango, Afro-Cuban rhythms, blues and jazz.
The knowledge on how to use accordion knobs and buttons can be expanded through learning new jazz harmonies and expanding your sense of rhythm step by step through learning the basics of Rock, Blues, Swing and Latin music. Many workshop pieces with accompanied playback records will challenge and encourage improved timing, broaden your knowledge about chords and give the opportunity to try out small improvisations and prepare for interactions with other musicians.
The book also includes exercises on learning new chord symbols, basics of the accordion, the correct posture and breathing exercises. In several chapters simple introductions into the harmony are given which can promote the finger training. Triads and tetrachords are explained and characteristics of jazz harmonies are demonstrated. In other words, you will find once more many new songs to play with insightful explanations and helpful exercises!
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