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The National Accordion Convention (NAA)

CONVENTION LINK – http://accordions.com/naa/

Link – Playing for Dancers Songs

Hyatt Regency Hotel in Richardson(Dallas), Texas: March 7 – 9, 2019

This year the NAA will be hosting a NEW category called:

NAA Dance Band 2019 (60’s, 70’s, 80’s songs and even a 2018 song)

The purpose of the NAA Dance Band is to Create a DANCE BAND from the attendees at the Convention to perform for 1 set at the Friday Night Dance. There will be 2 to 3 rehearsals – designed to INSTRUCT you on how to PERFORM for DANCERS and how to BE A “DANCE BAND MEMBER”. This is NOT a MUSIC Rehearsal!!! You are expected to already know the MUSIC well enough to read it live at a performance. You need to be able to play the simple melody line and a simple chord accompaniment. If chord accompaniment is hard for you – see the chord chart at the beginning of Song Sheet.

This participation workshop includes:

  1. Reinforce chord knowledge (with chord chart to read)
  2. Meter (speeds) for certain style songs
  3. Rhythmic requirements for certain style songs
  4. Set development (when to play slow and when to play fast songs and for how many trips through!)
  5. Chord accompaniment and solo “hand-off”
  6. Group signals, relate to the drummer, feature the next soloist, etc.
  7. Instrumentation, assuming that EVERY attendee will be the ONLY ACCORDIONIST, in any given Dance Band

Musical Selections for Shelia Lee’s Workshop and Dance Band Performance:

  • The Twist – #1 in 1960 & 1962 Chubby Checkers
  • Remember Me – 2018 Academy Award – Best Original Song from Disney’s “Coco”
  • Spanish Harlem – #10 – 1960 Ben E King and on Rolling Stones Top 500 of all times
  • Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray #1 Country 1980, #33 Pop from Urban Cowboy
  • Y.M.C.A. – Village People – 1978 – #2 Billboard Hot 100 #7 VH1’s Greatest Dance Songs
  • Walking After Midnight – Patsy Cline – 1957 #2 Country #12 Billboard Hot 100
  • Barbara Ann – Beach Boys #2 Billboard Hot 100 – 1965
  • Da Doo Ron Ron – The Crystals 1965 Shaun Cassidy 1977 #1 Billboard Hot 100
  • Up Where We Belong – 1982 from “An Officer and a Gentleman” #1 Billboard Hot 100
    • Spanish Harlem and Remember Me will be Medleys
    • Barbara Ann and Da Doo Ron Ron will be Medleys
    • Hokey Pokey will be added if we get them on the floor for The Twist

Link – Playing for Dancers Songs

P.S. This workshop will “teach” you how to be the “only” accordionist in a band and how to “share” the melody with the other players during a performance. THIS IS NOT A JAM!

We will start with EVERYONE playing the single melody – then start pairing up players to play the melody and the others backing off the melody and playing chords, riffs, and rhythm only! Some players will be stronger and will have the lead on certain songs while others might just play chords for all the songs – we will see HOW MUCH YOU CAN LEARN!!!!!