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Monthly Lesson Assignment – Solo – Embellishments

A year ago – I started this accordion blog LESSON ASSIGNMENTS – with the single purpose – to help you PLAY BETTER! No matter what your level. I sincerely have heard from SOOO many of you WORLD WIDE – that I am managing to accomplish my goal – THANK YOU.

NOW – For More Right Hand Work – Level 2!!! How to ADD little things to the melody line that will make the song sound uniquely YOURS!

Here are “FOUR SIMPLE STEPS” to take an ordinary solo – even an extremely simple one and make it a “GOOSE-PIMPLE” Performance!

This month’s lesson will concentrate on #2 – Embellishments to the melody line. I like to use the term PLUMPING – to show that you are FATTENING UP the solo!

  1. BASS POWERreinforcing your bass and left hand knowledge and technique. And then we will gradually move you into more and more complicated patterns and progressions. Please review last years – Plumping up your BassLink – Bass Line Plumping
  2. MINI-RUNS & TURNS – Ornamentation and Passages (passing phrases). Starting with simple scale patterns and arpeggios and moving on to grace notes, mordents, turns and more.
  3. BELLOWS & EXPRESSIONS – and the most forgotten or neglected – Musicality – Dynamics, Bellows, tempos, and what I like to call FLAVOR. Please review last years – Bellow Techinique
  4. Knowledge of ChordsChords are the CORE to all Music! Song Structure, chord progressions, ends, “lead-ins” to next section, and even melody lines are based on chords. One simple way to provide harmony to a melody line is to just add chords. Please review last year – Chord Positions All Keys

 Start with this simple tune

After you have mastered playing the simple tune – Open Plumping link and walk through the examples – one measure at a time –

  1. Line #1 – shows a different “embellishment” you can add – one per measure!
  2. Line #2 – takes the same “embellishments” and gives them count value
  3. Line #3 – take the next phrase in Cocktail and shows how to add double notes and triples
  4. Line #4 – takes the the same phrase in Cocktail and shows other ways to add double notes and other arpeggio ideas
  5. Lines #5-#6 – takes the next lines and shows many ways you play them
  6. Lines #6 – on the Triplet Arpeggio – use the fingering – 2 on the # or middle note followed by the 1 on the last note in the triplet.
  7. Measure #36 in the song – you are now on your own – see what you can add!

Now Apply what you just did to this simple tune in two different keys –

Now Try these techniques on these songs! All Level 1-2 Solos

  1. Dark Eyes
  2. Westphalia Waltz
  3. Waldegger Accordion C
  4. Waltz Across Texas