Karen Tweed & Dave Mallinson The Piano Accordion Absolute Beginners

Code: 978-1-899512-79-9
Detailed tuition for playing traditional music on the piano accordion. Learn 58 easy, popular and well-known traditional tunes: core repertoire for pub sessions, country dances, ceilidhs, barn dances and hoe-downs. Soundtrack CD also available.

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A book for adults who don’t have the luxury of a teacher. Crammed to bursting with, piano accordion tuition, tunes and information about traditional music. It’s a combination of a tutor and a tune book, with realistic expectations.

Karen Tweed has played the piano accordion from the age of eleven and studied for several years with high quality tutors. Years of unrelenting dedication, practice and performance have given her a deep understanding of traditional music, and her skill on the piano accordion can only be described as awesome.

Dave Mallinson didn’t discover traditional music until the late age of twenty-two and is completely self taught. Hard work, sheer dogged determination and lengthy practice have had to be his way of life. His constant struggle to maintain his skill gives him a unique insight into the problems and difficulties facing beginners and novices.
Karen’s enormous skill and knowledge combined with Dave’s affinity with beginners make an ideal combination to present this introduction to the piano accordion and traditional music.


The Piano Accordion Absolute Beginners : Karen Tweed and Dave Mallinson


Foreword by Sam Pirt
Music Basics for Squeezers
History and Construction
The Piano Accordion
The Treble Keyboard
The Right Hand Keys
The Key of C Major
The Key of G Major
4/4 Time
The Musical Ladder
The Cycle of Fifths
The Left Hand Buttons
Both Hands Together
The Three Chord Trick
Traditional Music
Single Reels and Polkas
The Key of D Major
Minor Chords
3/4 Time
Waltzes and Mazurkas
Seventh Chords
6/8 Time
Single Jigs
Military Two-Steps
Alternating Bass Technique
The Key of E Minor
Slip Jigs and Slides
The Key of A Minor
2/4 Time
American Reels
Irish Polkas
The Key of A Major
Hornpipes and Schottisches
Double Jigs and Irish Music
Rants and Double Reels


Jingle Bells
When the Saints
Twinkle Little Star
Baa Baa Black Sheep
South Australia
British Grenadiers
Rattlin’ Bog
Skip to My Lou
Bobby Shaftoe
Winster Processional
Donkey Riding
Shepherds’ Hey
Shave the Donkey
Young Collins
Banbury Bill
The Rose Tree
Winster Gallop
Nelly Bligh
Bonny Breast Knot
Michael Turner’s Waltz
Sweet Jenny Jones
The South Wind
Shoe the Donkey
Sonny’s Mazurka
I Have a Bonnet
The Man in the Moon
Cock of the North
Balance the Straw
Constant Billy
MacNamara’s Band
Uncle Bernard’s Polka
The Lass o’ Dallowgill
The Derry Boat
The Bear Dance
The Rigged Ship
Drops of Brandy
Scattery Island
O’Keeffe’s Slide
Spancil Hill
Camptown Races
Peat Fire Flame
Ballydesmond Polka
Uncle Reuben
Egan’s Polka
Tralee Gaol
Sweeney’s Polka
Hundred Pipers
The Keel Row
Katie Bairdie
Roxburgh Castle
The Blackthorn Stick
Irish Washerwoman
The Tenpenny Bit
Durham Rangers
Drowsy Maggie



Book / DVD/ CD Type
Tutor Book
Instrument Suitability
Piano Accordion
Number of Strings