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Mel Bay's You Can Teach Yourself Accordion Paperback – May 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc.; Pap/Com edition (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786648953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786648955
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 8.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Neil Griffin was born and still resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. Music has always been his prime interest, starting wtih clarinet instruction in the fifth grade and learning guitar on his own. He performed as a member of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at age 15 playing bass clarinet. He also began performing with area dance bands on saxophone, clarinet, and guitar. He studied music at the Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, playing First Chair Alto Sax as a freshman in the UNC Concert Band. Neil taught as Band Director at three county schools for several years and at the same time privately for Kidd-Frix Music Co. in their Charlotte accordion school. When the School was purchased by Music Inc. Neil went into management and retail music sales for them. At the same time, Neil played regularly with his own band for wedding receptions, office parties, etc., and gained valuable experience from playing summer theater for many well-known stars as well as being called on a regular basis to play banjo, guitar, and clarinet for traveling Broadway shows appearing in the area. Neil was very active in the Charlotte Musicians Association and served as president for approximately 13 years as well as holding other executive offices. Some of the first professional jobs Neil played were good old southern square dances, which at that time weren't as fancy as they are today but provided him with an appreciation for country and bluegrass music that was never forgotten. He enjoyed doin 5 radio shows and two TV shows per week at WBT and WBTV in Charlotte for over a year. In the early 60's Neil was hired to manage Tillman Music Co. in Charlotte. There he helped in starting the Aria Pro II line of instruments. Neil and his brother Steve, who also writes for Mel Bay Publications, went into the music-school business tohether in the 70's and later expanded as a retail music store. During this period Neil met Mel Bay and began to write material for 5-string banjo which was pretty scarce at the time. He has thoroughly enjoyed writing and teaching. Currently, Neil is a performing musician, band leader and co-owner of the Neil Griffin Studios of Music in Charlotte, North Carolina where his instructional books are field tested and proven effective with students of all ages. He has authored or co-authored several books for Mel Bay Publications on the subjects of 5-string banjo, rock guitar, and accordion.

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Excellent beginners book.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Henry J. Michaels on October 4, 2007
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I haven't played the accordion in fifty years and I was looking for something as a refresher. This book was just what I was looking for, it reviewed what I had forgotten and I even learned things that I had never learned in the first place. Nice selection of songs too, not a bunch of corny tunes that you never heard of. It comes with a CD and you can hear what you are expected to sound like after a little practice. I have several books on the accordion and most of them are useless but this is a real worthwhile purchase.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Manygoats on July 25, 2008
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I always wanted to learn to play a musical instrument- and this book has been a great help in my beginning to play one (having washed out on guitar and piano)...in fact, it makes it very easy to play songs very fast! Thanks for the great book- there is not that much accordian music written for beginners out there...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Tyler on June 26, 2009
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This book's strength is that it will have you playing interesting but simple songs quickly.

It doesn't delve into too much detail when giving playing advice. For example, posture is taught by a large picture of a guy standing with an accordion and a caption saying to keep the accordion a few inches below the chin. No mention of making the left strap tighter than the right strap and no mention of sitting posture.

And sometimes this book lacks polish. Unusual fingerings are often indicated haphazardly (i.e. not indicated in portions of songs) and sometimes the teaching hints are wrong (e.g. alt and bass are occasionally incorrectly labeled).

Despite this book's weaknesses, it got me started. And the songs are fun to play. If you have a prior music background, you'll probably outgrow this book in a couple of months.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Kawashima on October 22, 2009
Very good starter book for the accordion. I know nothing about accordion and barely know how to read notes. I got an accordion and am trying to learn w/out an instructor. Good songs, good format. But I could use more help on finger placement and positioning of the accordion (close to the chest, right or left, how far out to go on the bellow, etc.) Also noticed that after several easy songs, the book dives into more difficult bass keys quickly, a little fast for me. But overall, a very good book to start on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SanFran on July 14, 2010
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The Mel Bay book takes you from a never-played-an-accordion student to understanding the basics and capable of playing numerous songs. An occasional lesson from an accordion instructor is useful. An experienced accordion teacher finds this book very suitable for instruction.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MB8860 on November 5, 2009
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I bought this book in combination with some other beginner books and am teaching myself as there are no teachers within 50 mile radius. All book together keep it interesting and provide variations on each stage of learning. I am having fun with it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John-WilkesBarre, PA on December 7, 2011
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Oh how I wish I had purchased this book in the beginning. Had I done so, there would have been much less frustration incurred while learning to play my new accordion. Don't look for any other book because this is the real McCoy! Super great book for any beginner. Technique of the instrument well covered, as is theory. Plus, the tunes included are interesting and not childish.
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