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Welcome to Lesson #2 – Chords – Modulating, & Progressions

Please review lesson #1 LINK – I have probably posted more (including a short video) – since I first uploaded it. Be sure to be comfortable with all I am trying to share with you there.

This Lesson – I want to expand on Lesson #1 – with simple chord accompaniment and add how to modulate from one key to another. (This knowledge will later lead to adding chord progressions within a solo!)

Let’s Begin!

  1. NEW EXERCISES – Practice – (Search Exercises) – Scaling for Comping
  2. NEW EXERCISES – Practice – (Search Exercises) – Block Chords for Comping
  3. You will use these NEW SKILLS on the songs below


This is where you put two songs together – that are in different keys OR playing the same song in 2 or more keys. This is a great skill to possess. Some songs are JUST TOO short to keep repeating them. SOOO – change the key – move to another song – this is fun and makes for at great “NAME THAT TUNE” session!

The simplest way to move from one key to another:

  1. No matter what key you are LEAVING – At the end – on the last two counts of last measure – HOLD the 7th chord for the NEXT KEY. i.e. – GOING TO Key of C – HOLD G7(V7 chord), GOING TO KEY OF G – HOLD D7(V7chord), GOING TO KEY OF F – HOLD C7 etc.
  2. Want to add another chord – follow the guideline above and put the ii chord (minor chord built on the 2nd tone of scale) before the V7 chord. This translates – first – play the minor of the bass above the 7th chord you will play. i.e. – GOING TO Key of C – Play Dm-G7-then CM, GOING TO Key of G – Play Am-D7-then GM, GOING TO Key of F – Play Gm-C7-then FM
  3. See examples at the end of I’ll Fly Away – Duet:Accompaniment link below

Last Month I introduced you to playing CHORDS ONLY on I’ll Fly Away. Here is a the accompaniment totally written out – Link – I’ll Fly Away – Duet:Accompaniment – with a modulation written out From Key of C to Key of F and From C to G.

  1. After you have worked on I’ll Fly Away – let’s do the same with In Heaven there is No Beer
  2. Review or Print Chord Positions All Keys
  3. Print Songs for this Exercise – In Heaven there is No Beer Key of G,  In Heaven there is No Beer Key of C, In Heaven there is No Beer Key of D
  4. REVIEW – Add Chords only for Key of C & G
  5. Practice Line One (Key of D) of Chord Positions –
    1. Say the name of each chord (not notes) as you play them
    2. HOLD Chord – Add Left Hand in 3/4 and 4/4 time
    3. Now play RH chord only with LH chord (accompaniment style)
    4. Play In Heaven there is No Beer (D) – reading the Bass line – using RH chords with the LH chords
    5. NOW add some STYLE – like you saw in I’ll Fly Away

NOW to Create Your OWN modulations from C to G to D (I’ll Fly Away has the C to G done for you)


As you saw in the MODULATING section – there are simple ways to ADD chords that are NOT in the music – based on the NEXT CHORD. Take a look at these two songs – and you will SEE these chord progressions – used as part of the song.

Link – Mack The Knife Acc Arr.

  1. Review – LINK – Chord Positions All Keys – Play ENTIRE C and F Lines!
  2. Mack the Knife – play chords for Left Hand ONLY first – do you see the Progression – shown in the MODULATION exercise above!
  3. NOW – add the chords UNDER the melody note (at least two notes of the chord)
  4. In the 1st ending of Mack – PLAY 2 counts on CM – then 2 counts on Am – then 2 counts on Dm – then 2 counts on G7 – and then repeat – Use the full 3 note chord and have fun with the rhythm.
  5. NOW – add the chords UNDER the melody note and stylize the basses – see LINK – Bassing for Plumping – for help

ALSO – see the Duet & Trio Parts for more inspiration:

Link – Mack the Knife 3rd accordion  – Link – Mack the Knife 2nd accordion

ALSO – SEARCH FOR – Exercise for Ma Rose D’Alsace (Musette Tango) – there is an exercise and full accompaniment written out.