•• 10 Videos •• GRADED CURRICULUM SERIES FOR PIANO ACCORDION. Learn the very basics of learning the Accordion for an absolute beginner! These videos deal primarily with the different parts of the accordion inside and out and how to take care of your beautiful instrument. This course is in preparation for the Level 1 course in the CORE CURRICULUM SERIES FOR PIANO ACCORDION. Get started today!

• For Beginners
• 10 Videos

How to Play the Piano Accordion
Online Accordion Lessons
Preliminary Course

 

Preliminary Course for the Piano Accordion.  From the inside to the outside, learn how the piano accordion works and how to take care of it.  Tour the mechanism of the piano accordion, the basses, registers, air button and more!

 

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THE PRELIMINARY LEVEL INCLUDES:

 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 University 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.

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• It’s much cheaper than most private lessons and you’re getting top notch education without breaking the bank.

• 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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Course Reviews

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  1. Great Information!

    5

    Learned some new things I didn’t know!

  2. Excellent info.

    5

    Excellent information, much of which was new to me. Very well done and fun.

  3. Good information for complete newbies

    4

    Good information if you don’t know anything about accordions. I learned a thing or two.

  4. Great Preliminary Course

    5

    This is an excellent course to begin with. I found it to be very enjoyable.

  5. Preliminary Course

    5

    Course was very informative. Learned things I never knew about accordions.

  6. Preliminary Course

    5

    Fantastic! A great supplement to the private lessons. Learned new and important things to consider when storing or transporting the accordion.

  7. 5

    Very interesting the inside workings on an accordion

  8. Great Introduction

    5

    Thank you very much for this helpful information. Even for a person playing the accordion for a while now there´s some new stuff here. And in addition, the presentation is very funny and pleasant!

  9. 5

    Very Informative. I found out that I had been storing my accordion wrong.

  10. Excellent Beginning

    5

    Essential information is provided before starting to play he instrument

  11. Seriies 1 Preliminary Course

    5

    Good to get an overview of the accordion inside and out. Excellent presentation.

  12. Very interesting background on Accoridions

    5

    I had no idea that there was something even called free base accordion. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Preliminary course

    5

    Great introductory course. I feel much better equipped to start learning. Only wish in the Bass course it had show, or discussed what happens when you have only 4 rows of eight buttons – 32 basses on my student accordion. Are they all chords? Hopefully I’ll find out in later courses.

  14. OK so far

    4

    I am probably an intermediate player. Videos are very good quality and very easy to understand.

  15. Thank you

    5

    Very professional, insightful, and fast! Thank you!

  16. Piano accordion series

    5

    great detailed information!

  17. Nice

    4

    Really nice, succinct introduction to the instrument. I already play diatonic accordion and still found it valuable as I take up the piano accordion. Thanks!

  18. Great info!

    5

    I didn’t even know the air button was there! This information was presented simply and concisely. My only criticism is that it could have been all one video so that I didn’t have to keep clicking onto the next short clip. This is all information one must know, and I now I feel bad for letting my cat sleep in my case last night!

  19. Great introduction

    5

    Even if I knew almost all it was great to review it.
    Thank you.

  20. Finished the Preliminary Course

    5

    Very nice intro. I am excited to continue.

  21. 5

    A very comprehensive overview of the basic knowledge one should have before embarking on learning this instrument especially on how to put it back in it;s case. This seems to be overlooked in many instances and could prove to be VERY expensive.

  22. Good introduction

    5

    Very good introduction

  23. 5

    Very supportive introducation to the accordion. Thank you.

  24. Prelimary course

    5

    Brilliant, clear and concise.

  25. 4

    A useful introduction with an interesting overview of what goes on “under the bonnet” (as we say in the UK!).

  26. preliminary course

    5

    great introduction to the

  27. preliminary course

    5

    great introduction to the instrument well worth the time.

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