CORE CURRICULUM SERIES FOR CHROMATIC C-SYSTEM • Learn the very basics of learning the Chromatic Accordion for an absolute beginner!

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How to Play the Chromatic Accordion with Patricia Bartell
Online Chromatic Accordion Lessons


Graded Curriculum Series for the Chromatic Accordion (C-system).  From the inside to the outside, learn how the chromatic accordion works and how to take care of it.  Tour the mechanism of the chromatic accordion, the basses, registers, air button and more!



 Unit 1: Instrument Care

  • P.1.1 Storage
  • P.1.2 Handling the Instrument
  • P.1.3 Accordion Cases

Unit 2: The Accordion

  • P.2.1 Types of Accordions
  • P.2.2 The Inside
  • P.2.3 The Registers
  • P.2.4 The Keyboard
  • P.2.5 The Air Button

Unit 3: Types of Basses

  • P.3.1 Stradella/Standard Bass
  • P.3.2 Free Bass


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 Your Accordion Teacher: Patricia Bartell

Accordion Teacher Patricia BartellPatricia Bartell is a graduate of Whitworth University with a B.A. in Music Education and Accordion Performance.  Patricia is recognized not only in North America, but internationally as an adjudicator, professional performer and teacher.

She has studied piano with Dr. Judith Schoepflin of Whitworth College and with Kendall Feeney of the Golandsky Institute, which is the preeminent center for the Taubman Technique Approach. Patricia has also studied “The New Technical Approach” with the world-renowned accordion teacher Frederic Deschamps in France.  This technique approach has helped produce amazing results for all ages.  MORE

If you want to take your online accordion lessons a step further, Patricia also gives private accordion lessons via Skype for all ages and styles of music.


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• You deserve the best music education and tools available to learn the accordion from qualified and experienced teachers.

• Depending on where you live, accordion teachers may be as scarce as hen’s teeth.

• From the start, you want to know you’re doing it right … and not having to start over later since your time is valuable. We will give you proper technique that you won’t find on YouTube.

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• We’ll give you the confidence you need about the process of learning, and we’re available for questions through the forums.   Every lesson in each course also has a place for you to ask questions and get feedback.

• You’ll have your own personal library of downloadable sheet music that is always growing.

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    Very professional, extremely well-organized and presented. I finally understand L M H and all its iterations. Using the “feet” of the accordion and how to prevent damage from cold were very helpful.

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