Accordion and concertina lessons on VHS tape and DVD. Learn to play the accordion and concertina or improve your skills with instructional videos. Learn the spicy music of the border country, Irish or Cajun accordion or the Irish concertina.
Level 1. 70 mins.VHS - NTSC Format Only (Canada & USA)DVD - All Region.
Artist: Joey Miskulin. This top Nashville session player teaches and demonstrates important accordion techniques ('breathing,' phrasing, bellows shakes, vibrato etc.) plus rhythm, fills and leads for a variety of songs and instrumentals. Anyone interested in Cajun, Tex-Mex, Polka, cowboy or other styles will find this a wonderful and challenging way to delve into the instrument and discover its many possibilities.
Level 3. Includes music + Tab.80 mins.DVD - All Region.
The one-row button accordion creates the defining sound that drives the waltzes and two-steps beloved by enthusiasts of Cajun music. Dirk Powell's step-by-step approach makes it easy to start playing immediately. He teaches how to hold the instrument, use the bellows, find the notes, and play 'double' (octaves) - the essence of the Cajun style. Includes detailed instruction for playing some of the most popular Cajun dance tunes: La valse de quatre-vingt-dix-neuf ans (The 99 Year Waltz) • The High Point Two-Step • Johnny Can't Dance.
Level 1. 70 mins.DVD - All Region.
The accordionist in the popular Cajun band Balfa Toujours takes his exploration of the instrument beyond the basics. Dirk Powell covers topics such as ornamentation, syncopation, phrasing, anticipating the bellows changes, creating rhythmic effects and many other techniques to get a real hot Cajun sound. The songs covered on this lesson include: The Wafus Two-Step • Lafayette Playboy Waltz • Hick's Wagon Wheel Special • Dimanche apres-midi (Sunday Afternoon).
Level 3. 70 mins.VHS - NTSC Format Only (Canada & USA)DVD - All Region.
With Christine Balfa, guitar and vocals. Complete Two-Tape Series. See descriptions directly above.
VHS - NTSC Format Only (Canada & USA)
In this easy beginner's DVD, John Williams explains the fundamentals of the 20 or 30 key Anglo concertina: how to hold the instrument, use the keys, bellows and air button and how to move beyond the basic C and G scales.
He teaches five tunes in note-for-note detail: Oro (Se Do Bheatha Bhaile), Jimmy Ward's Jig, The Kesh Jig, Bobby Casey's Jig, Last Night's Fun.
Includes music and tab. 65 mins.DVD - All Region.