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

Hyatt Regency Hotel in Richardson(Dallas), Texas: March 18-21, 2020

This year the NAA will be REPEATING their NEW category called:

NAA Dance Band 2020 (1939 to 1992 songs!)

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 link below.

In this participation workshop Shelia Lee will be teaching:

  1. Reinforce chord knowledge (with chord chart to read) Link: using this Chart – Chord Positions All Keys
  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 Dance Band Performance – Please Print (9 SONGS!)

(if any song seems too many pages – please cut out the piano line (not vocal line) and tape to computer paper – then go back and hand write in the Chord cues.)

1. Achy Breaky Heart 1992 / Elvira 1981 (Achy Breaky – 2 pg)
2. Old Time Rock & Roll – Bob Seger 1978
3. Crazy Key of C – Patsy Cline 1961
4. You’ve Lost that Lovin Feelin pg1pg2pg3– Righteous Brothers 1964 (3 pgs)
5. Twist and Shout – Beatles 1964Crazy Key of C
6. What a Wonderful World 1967 / Over the Rainbow 1939
7. Save the Last Dance for Me (Latin) Ben E King 1960

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!!!!!

Designed for ALL LEVEL PLAYERS!!!!!! You will NOT NEED TO PLAY LEFT HAND!