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Cecil Sharp House Accordion Course

Happy girl

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Oct 31, 2013
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This course aims to show the range of techniques through tunes and musical arrangements with the emphasis on the English tradition. Classes will be taught using music therefore the ability to read ‘the dots’ is important. This will leave more time to explore different rhythms and harmonies rather than teaching melodies.

Accordion Level 1 - 2 (Absolute beginners / Beginners) - Knowledge of the piano keyboard is useful but how to master the chords and bellows of this wonderful instrument will become apparent as the course unfolds. Tunes will be taught initially by ear, but simple sight-reading skills will be explained during the course. Expect to be able to play at least two tunes with simple accompaniments (major and minor chords) by the end of the first term. During the second term the course will concentrate on how to enhance tunes using the counter bass rows and by using more complex harmonies. Different styles of accompaniment will also be introduced.

Accordion Level 3-4 (Improvers / Intermediate) - Good music reading skills are advantageous at this level as the tunes are more complex. Exploring different methods to enhance, vary and develop melodies is the central part of this course.

The Courses are taught by Paul Hutchinson and take place on Saturdays at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY For Prices and dates visit www.cecilsharphouse.org/csh-learning/saturday-folk-music-workshops


Oct 16, 2016
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I am on the beginners course at the moment small class

Hard work but very enjoyable

Matt Butcher

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Apr 30, 2013
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Sounds interesting and if you have time to share any of the ideas I'm sure learners like me would get a lot from it. Or, keeping it simple, I hope you're enjoying playing what you learned.

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