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!
- BASS POWER – reinforcing 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 Bass – Link – Bass Line Plumping
- 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.
- 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
- Knowledge of Chords – Chords 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 –
- Line #1 – shows a different “embellishment” you can add – one per measure!
- Line #2 – takes the same “embellishments” and gives them count value
- Line #3 – take the next phrase in Cocktail and shows how to add double notes and triples
- Line #4 – takes the the same phrase in Cocktail and shows other ways to add double notes and other arpeggio ideas
- Lines #5-#6 – takes the next lines and shows many ways you play them
- 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.
- 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