An instrument whose popularity transcends the folk world and is commonly found playing in many different musical disciplines from Jazz to Classical, although its popularity within the folk culture is probably unrivalled. Of European descent, its current design was created around the 1860’s and has spread world-wide adopting local musical styles due to its flexibility.
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. The accordion has gained a reputation for being loud and unsubtle, these courses are aimed at changing this preconception.
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.
Knowledge of the piano keyboard is useful, although you do not necessarily need to have played accordion before. The first time will be suitable for complete beginners. By the second term some previous experience of playing the accordion will be essential. Students are required to read music for this class.
Students should have a good knowledge of the layout of the left hand and be able to play both hands together fluently. Students are required to read music for this class.
The accordion classes are taught by Paul Hutchinson.
Paul has a unique style of accordion playing inspired by church organs, violins, uillean pipes and melodeons. He is an experienced workshop leader and as well as being a resident tutor at Cecil Sharp House, he also teaches at Marlborough College, Benslow Music Centre, Folkworks Summer Schools and Halsway Manor. His compositions have seeped into the Belshazzar’s Feast set and his duo Pagoda Project with jazz clarinetist Karen Wimhurst, received 5 star reveiws in both Songlines and FRoots last year.
Paul is one half of the renowned duo Belshazzar’s Feast, nominated for the 2010 BBC folk awards. As a dance musician, Paul works with The Playford Liberation Front and is a regular visitor to the United States to teach and perform.
The next academic year will run from September 2017 - April 2018
Autumn Term 2017: 9, 23, 30 Sept | 14, 21 Oct | 4, 18 Nov | 2, 16 Dec
Spring Term 2018: 20, 27 Jan | 3, 17 Feb | 3, 17, 24 March | 14, 21 April
Level 1 & 2 (10.00 - 11.30)
Level 3 & 4 (11.45 - 13.15)
Please note that concessionary rates are bookable over the phone only. Please call the box office on 020 7485 2206.
Refunds: all courses are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by EFDSS.
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