Learning to play the accordion can be a very fulfilling and rewarding experience. The accordion is a very versatile musical instrument and as such it can be used to play a wide range of musical styles.
Although often considered to be a ‘folk’ instrument, its versatility means that students can play a very wide repertoire, including classical, pop, jazz and balkan dance music.
Most people learn to play the accordion so they can enjoy playing music on it. For this reason, I aim to build up technique by tackling the technical difficulties to master each new piece.
This usually involves
Finding the most efficient finger patterns and hand positions.
Using the bellows and the various ways they interact with the fingers.
Co-ordinating the two hands with the bellows.
Developing a personal sense of musicality by making the most out of the unique expressive possibilities of the Accordion)
Over the years, it has become increasingly evident that people learn best when playing tunes that interest and inspire them the most. I work with students to find the styles of music that interest them, usually styles they enjoy listening to, and use this as a basis for the type of pieces to be taught.
It has always been known that students who get plenty of practice besides the music lessons progress best. This practice or homework is essential in developing skills and allows students to get the best out of their lesson time. This is another reason for choosing pieces you enjoy, as it makes it so much more pleasurable to practice at home.
Lessons with me are completely tailored to the needs of the student and I provide the skills necessary for you to achieve your music goals, while enjoying the process.
I have a recommended program that I use, plus the added benefit of incorporating your wants and ideas into the program.
Lessons are private (one to one) to to make sure that you get top quality instruction.
For young children and most adult students a weekly hour long lesson is usually best although advanced accordionists may benefit from longer less frequent lessons.
I can also offer consultation on purchasing instruments and may also be able to offer accordions rentals so that you can have a trial period of lessons with a good quality instrument at a small cost before buying your own accordion.