playing and learning book for advanced players
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
Peter Michael Haas, pianist and keyboardist in various Rock, Fusion and Jazz bands, discovered his love for the accordion and Tango (among others) with a little help by the music of Astor Piazzolla. Since then, he has been on an international concert tour (among many others) with the singer Karsten Troyke and the duo-ensemble "Váci Utca", has co-founded the "Trio Milonga" and the ensemble "New Tango Berlin" and has played in the ensemble of the actress and singer Meret Becker.
The second volume of “Play Accordion” for advanced players is not based on typical playing material, but on living examples of the world music genre. The motto of this book is "Music around the globe": Musette waltzes, Eastern European and Sirbas and Horas from the Jewish Klezmer repertoire, Tango, Afro-Cuban rhythms, Blues and Jazz are the main topic.
The chord knowledge on knobs and buttons is expanded and challenged through exercises and pieces in the basic jazz harmonies, the sense of rhythm will be increased through the basics of Rock, Blues and Swing and the syncopated accents of Latin music. A number of workshop-pieces with accompanied playback recordings will help improve the timing, give the opportunity to try small improvisations and be prepared for the interaction with other musicians. In other words: Once more a lot of new playing material with explanations and many exercises.
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