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PH 3 – Accordion Lessons

Each session covers one song from Palmer & Hughes Lesson Book 3 – a great follow up to the PH Book 2 sessions. There are additional tunes coupled with each song – as well as a lot of chord work and more technique. We did have a video of each session –but the CLOUD ATE IT! So sorry – please ignore the like to USTREAM.

AND REMEMBER – here is how you should practice: (typical 45 min session) DO NOT PRACTICE more than 45 min. in a session. Take a break and go again later! YOU CAN PLAY ALL YOU WANT – this is the pattern for your PRACTICE SESSIONS.

  1. Play 3 of your favorite simple tunes to warm up (10 min)
  2. Do the assigned technique drills and scales (5 min)
  3. Spend no more than 15 to 20 minutes working on songs you are learning – and work them BACKWARDS – learn the ending first! (15 min)
  4. Pull out a fake book – or pull future songs from the sessions and sight read them. Establish the key, review the bass movement, scope out the hand movements – then PLAY WITHOUT STOPPING. (10 min)
  5. Cool Down – Play the first 3 songs again! (5 min)

PLEASE take a week or two or more – on each Session – master the techniques – master the songs taught – then move to the next session. The average person will take 4 or more months to cover the materials.

The link listed is to the Blog where the sheet music & full lesson instructions are downloadable.

Session 1 – Solos – William Tell Overture, Walk Like a Man, Happy Wanderer, & Jingle Bell Rock


 Session 2 – Solos – Riding the Range, Don’t Be Cruel, Here Comes Santa Claus, Hound Dog, & Waltzing Matilda


Session 3 – Solos – The Waltzing Cuckoo, All Alone Am I, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Let it Snow, &To Each His Own


 Session 4 – Solos – Little Brown Jug Polka, All My Loving, Annie Laurie, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer


 Session 5 – Solos – Cielito Lindo – I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Oh Christmas Tree, & Rockin’ Robin


Session 6 – Solos – Oh, Susanna, Fraulein, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, Home, Sweet Home, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, & Will the Circle be Unbroken


Session 7 – Solos – Allouette, Volga Boatman, Yellow Bird, “How to” Duets – Galway Bay, Hey Jude, & M.A.S.H


Session 8 – Solos – Zacatecas, Dixie, Happy Days, Send Me the Pillow that you Dream on, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, & Teen Angel


 Session 9 – Solos – Emperor Waltz, America, Cotton Fields, America the Beautiful, & God Bless America (Trio), & Yours (Quiereme Mucho)


 Session 10 – Solos – Fascination, Amor, Irish Washerwoman, Lady of Spain, & The Girl I Left Behind


Session 11 – Solos – Let’s Dance the Polka, Doudlebska Polka, Happy Days are Here Again, Hey Good Lookin’, & Zillertaller


 Session 12 – Santa Lucia, In Heaven there is No Beer, The WIld Blue Yonder, When the Saints, & Zemer Atik


Session 13 – Last – Solos – Mexican Hat Dance (Jarabe Tapatio), Ain’t She Sweet, BlueTango, More, Spanish Eyes