Diatonic Accordion / Melodeon
The diatonic accordion has been one of the most popular instruments in the BalFolk scene for some years. If you want to just give this versatile instrument a try or if you have already started but still needs some help to better understand the diato, this workshop is the right one for you! Using easy yet beautiful melodies you’ll be taught the basics of bellows technique and coordination of your two hands for a balanced harmonie between melody and basses. We’ll work on the many sequences of movement for you to feel comfortable with the instrument and have fun with rehearsing and playing it.
The instruments have to be in the key of G/C (construction type and assignment of keys may vary).
Please indicate in the application form if you need a rental instrument!
What I love about music is to make things sing! Beyond notes and rhythm of a melody lie many more dimensions: The sound, interpretation, ornaments, variations, accompaniment, interplay… On the basis of relatively simple tunes which we will learn by heart, we will primarily focus on playing together. We want to refine different timbres and aspects of the melodies by working on the sound design, varying chord play and fitting accompaniments. In order to find new inspirations for everyone, I will try to focus on each individual person’s challenges.
The participants of this class should master the instrument relatively well.
The instruments have to be in G/C tuning (construction type and key assignment may vary – though the Irish system is not suitable!)
The reasons for the Diatonions growing popularity are without a doubt its special, sensitive sound and its diversity – whether used as solo or ensemble instrument. This course comes with two main objectives: firstly, to groove the playing by balancing the interplay of right and left hand, diverse ornaments, interesting harmonies, and secondly to learn new repertoire. Therefore I will bring a bag full of compositions and tunes which I play in a variety of bands (Topette!!, Leveret, Blowzabella). After learning the tunes by heart I will show you ways to interpret and shape them.
This workshop is for really advanced players who are already well-versed in playing and can implement the contents quickly!
The instruments should be in the key of G/C and if possible with 2 ½ or 3 rows and 12 or more bass.
Most of the tunes will be transmitted by ear, so it is an advantage if you are used to learn in this way but a recording device is very useful.