Accordion Music


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    Trios and Quartets
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    Easy Accordion Solos


    Scaling the Accordion, Major Scales Book 1
    $15.99 order now

    This book presents the scales, exercises, and a tune for all major scales. Fingerings are noted to help the student develop good habits.

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    Following each scale is a page of exercises to help reinforce the scale and prepare the student for the tune written in that scale. The tune is composed to let the student immediately put the scale into practical use. A must have for new students!


    Animal Anthology: Land Lovers
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    "For the student and teacher seeking original and challenging music for the accordion, Valarie Morris' Animal Anthology series offers witty and finely crafted tunes designed to delight the imagination while expanding the player's skills. Highly recommended." —Sharon Walters, accordionist, teacher

    This book is a collection of 18 tunes, one for each of 18 animals that spend most or all their time on land. Facts about the animals add to the presentation and motivation to play the music. Great for children and adults alike!

    The tunes help develop accordion techniques including bass skills. An excellent source of supplemental music for students of all ages. This easy book approaches the intermediate level. Follow up with the fully intermediate level book, Animal Anthology: Water Play.


    Intermediate Accordion Solos


    Happy Polkas and Waltzes, Book 1
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    Play the music of Frank Yankovic, America's Polka King, and Joe Rodney in this brand new, never-before published, collection of polkas and waltzes! Lots of fun guaranteed as you play through the songs of these great musicians.

    Limber up your fingers and warm-up those vocal chords with these songs: Polka Dancing, Swing and Sway Polka, Dance All Night Polka, You'll Never Know Polka, Hello My Darling Polka, Be With You Waltz, Wedding Day Waltz, Love Me Polka, You Are My Sweetheart Polka, You're My Love Waltz, Swing Your Baby Polka, Let Me Love You Waltz, Until I Found You Polka, and Tickle the Accordion Polka.

    The book includes fascinating biographical information about Yankovic and Rodney, plus information about polkas and waltzes. Most tunes include lyrics.


    The Entertainer
    $7.99 order now

    This arrangement of Scott Joplin's popular composition is designed for intermediate players. The tune was arranged to make this challenging tune as easy as possible to play while maintaining the integrity of the music. Fingerings are marked throughout. The sheet music includes information about Scott Joplin.


    Maple Leaf Rag
    $7.99 order now

    This intermediate arrangement of Scott Joplin's composition was commissioned by the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation. The arrangement includes the entire tune with its original harmonies. Fingerings are marked throughout. Background information about Scott Joplin and historical information about Maple Leaf Rag is included on the first page of the sheet music.


    The Cascades
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    The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation commissioned this intermediate arrangement for their 24th annual Scott Joplin Ragtime festival in June. The theme of this year's festival is The Cascades, commemorating the 100th year anniversary of this rag, which Joplin wrote for the 1904 World's Fair.

    This arrangement includes the complete tune and maintains Joplin's harmonies. Fingerings are liberally marked. Background information about Scott Joplin and historical information about Maple Leaf Rag is included on the first page of the sheet music.


    Animal Anthology: Water Play
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    Another wonderful collection of 18 tunes, one for each of 18 different marine animals. Learn interesting facts about each animal while developing accordion skills.

    This book puts a special emphasis on developing the left hand (basses) including the elusive fifth finger! An excellent book with great music to build upon the skills developed in the easier book, Animal Anthology: Land Lovers.

    "For the student and teacher seeking original and challenging music for the accordion, Valarie Morris' Animal Anthology series offers witty and finely crafted tunes designed to delight the imagination while expanding the player's skills. Highly recommended."

    —Sharon Walters, accordionist, teacher


    Accordion Solos Collection 2001 (with CD)
    $27.50
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    Have fun with the intermediate solos in this new book of original jazz and contemporary tunes for the accordion. This collection of intermediate to advanced solos comes with a CD that includes all the tunes in the book and more! Listen to the rhythms and styles of the music and play along with other musicians.

    Many tracks include a wide range of percussion, bass, accordions, and other instruments. Get the inside story about each tune with special notes written by the composer. The two intermediate tunes are described below. The advanced tunes are described next in the Advanced Accordion Solos section.

    Around the Corner. An upbeat swing tune featuring contemporary chords that add a richness while keeping t he music easy for the listener. Chord changes are marked in the solo section. Also available as a quartet.

    play A Minor Incident. This waltz focuses on minor chords and includes a beautiful counterpoint line. Play along with the marimba player and accordion players on the CD.


    Advanced Accordion Solos


    Accordion Solos Collection 2001 (with CD)
    $27.50
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    Have more fun with the advanced tunes in this new book of original jazz and contemporary tunes for the accordion. This collection of intermediate to advanced solos comes with a CD that includes all the tunes in the book and more! Listen to the rhythms and styles of the music and play along with other musicians.

    play Past Eleven. A swing tune written for a couple who had been together for 11 wonderful years. This piece wishes them more good times after their wedding in all the years to come. The phrases immediately after the intro (minus the pickup note) and before the restatement of the intro at the end are melodic phrases of 11 notes. Chord changes are marked in the solo section.

    From the Peacock. Based on one of the oldest known Hungarian melodies from the 800s, this tune covers about 1000 years of Hungarian music. The words for the melody: "Fly, peacock, fly to the county hall To free the poor captives." This piece includes bass counterpoint in some sections. Also available as sheet music for solo accordion and as sheet music for accordion, marimba/percussion, and bass.

    play Place Pigalle. This contemporary portrait of Place Pigalle reflects a light-hearted look at a picturesque part of Paris. The words reflect the images of these Parisian streets and the incredibly beautiful Place Pigalle metro station. The words can be spoken or sung. Accordion gestures support the images.

    Before the Storm.This classical contemporary tune is set on a cold and windy day. The melodic lines create a continuum building towards the storm. This piece was part of choreographer Joan Amaral's work, Amor Perfeito / When Joao Crossed Over, about family and the Azores. Also available as a duet and quartet.

    After the Storm. This classical contemporary tune begins with a flourish of exciting glisses. The middle section recalls the sadness of the turmoil and devastation that the El Nino storm caused in 1998 to so many people in California. The mood shifts to celebrate the storm's end with a more familiar, though frenzied, accordion style. The piece ends with calm basses. Also available as a quartet.


    Easy Accordion Duets


    What a Year!
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    A collection of 12 easy duets that can be played by 2 or more accordions or by any combination of instruments. Some of the duets approach the intermediate level.

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    Books are also available for flutes, oboes, Bb clarinets, bassoons, Bb saxophones, Eb saxophones, horns in F, Bb trumpets, trombones, violins, violas, cellos, basses, and percussion. Each tune inspired by and composed during the month of its title. Young students like to play their birthday months!

    This series offers wide versatility in teaching and playing situations. Teachers can play duets with their students and students can play together in small or large ensembles.

    The duets in What a Year! introduce students to a variety of rhythms, repeats, endings, phrasings, expressions, dynamics, and articulations using standard meters. These duets prepare students for the more advanced collection of duets in What a Week!


    Intermediate Accordion Duets


    What a Week!
    $10.99 order now

    A collection of 7 duets which can be played by 2 or more accordions or by any combination of instruments. The many types of rhythms, meters, dynamics, phrasings, articulations, embellishments, expressions, repeats, and endings in the tunes give players a wide range of experience.

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    Books are also available for flutes, oboes, Bb clarinets, bassoons, Bb saxophones, Eb saxophones, horns in F, Bb trumpets, trombones, violins, violas, cellos, basses, and percussion. Each tune, named for one day of the week, was written on the day of its title.

    Teachers can play duets with their students and students can play together in small or large ensembles. The duets cover the basics of musicianship. Students can also learn more about major scales as the tunes are written in 8 of the major scales with a key change in one of the 7 tunes. One tune is a 12-bar blues with chords marked to help students learn the progression.


    Before the Storm
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    This classical contemporary tune is set on a cold and windy day with billowing clouds growing darker in the sky. The melodic lines lead from one accordion to another, creating a continuum building towards the storm. Listening to the flow of the parts is a key element in a quartet's practice and performance. Some parts of the music approach the advanced level.


    A Minor Incident (for 2 accordions or accordion and marimba.) play
    $5.99 each order now

    This waltz focuses on minor chords and includes a beautiful counterpoint line for marimba or a second accordion.


    Advanced Accordion Duet


    Place Pigalle (accordion and alto voice) play
    $14.99 order now

    This contemporary portrait of Place Pigalle reflects a light-hearted look at a picturesque part of Paris. The words, which can be spoken or sung, reflect the images of these Parisian streets and the incredibly beautiful Place Pigalle metro station. Accordion gestures support the images.


    Intermediate Accordion Trios


    From the Peacock
    $19.99 order now

    Based on one of the oldest known Hungarian melodies from the 800s, this tune covers about 1000 years of Hungarian music. The words for the melody: "Fly, peacock, fly to the county hall To free the poor captives." This piece includes bass counterpoint in some sections. Some parts of the music approach the advanced level. For accordion, string bass, and percussion.


    Triumvirate
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    Triumvirate is a classical contemporary tune that explores chromaticity and the wonderfully haunting blend of accordion sounds in this accordion trio. The tempo is slow, giving players and listeners a chance to savor the rich textures of the instrument. Triumvirate is an atmospheric piece that can take you out of context.


    Blue Moon
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    A great arrangement of the popular tune by Max Kortlander and Lee S. Roberts. The Accordion 1 part shows the melody with lyrics and an improvisation idea, a new melody that can be played as a second chorus. Separate sheets for Accordion 2 and Accordion 3.

    All parts show chord symbols for the basses. Experiment with counterbasses and filling in chords with the right hand. A bonus is that the new melody can also be played along with the original melody and the two harmony parts!


    For Me and My Gal
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    A special arrangement of the famous tune by George W. Meyer (lyrics by Edgar Leslie and E. Ray Goetz). The Accordion 1 part includes the melody and lyrics plus a new melody perfect for a second chorus. Separate sheets for Accordion 2 and Accordion 3.

    All parts show chord symbols for the basses. When reading the chord symbols, you can ease your way with counterbasses. Use your knowledge of chord tones to fill in chords with the right hand. The new melody can also be played along with the original melody and the two harmony parts.


    Intermediate Accordion Quartets


    Before the Storm
    $21.99 order now

    This classical contemporary tune, the partner piece for After the Storm (described next), is set on a cold and windy day with billowing clouds growing darker in the sky. The melodic lines lead from one accordion to another, creating a continuum building towards the storm. Listening to the flow of the parts is a key element in a quartet's practice and performance. Also available with full percussion ($24.99).


    After the Storm
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    A partner piece for Before the Storm, this tune begins with a flourish of exciting glisses. The middle section recalls the sadness of the turmoil and devastation that the El Nino storm caused in 1998 to so many people in California. The mood shifts to celebrate the storm's end with a more familiar, though frenzied, accordion style. The piece ends with calm basses. Also available with full percussion and optional string bass ($24.99).


    Around the Corner
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    The swing intro sets up a carefree attitude for this tune. Contemporary chords add a richness while keeping the music easy for the listener. Around the Corner presents a positive attitude towards any new opportunity. The Accordion 4 part can be played by bass accordion.


    Accordion Ensemble


    BellowFare
    $28.50 order now

    A fanfare for 8 accordions, BellowFare opens with a flourish showcasing each accordionist with its own statement. This classical contemporary piece adheres to typical tonalities, but every now and then reaches out for a 20th century feel. It keeps the players and listeners on their toes and ends with a bang!

    BellowFare is scored for 6 piano accordions and 2 bass accordions, with some parts more advanced than others. It also comes with a percussion part ($31.50). If your group doesn't have bass accordions, piano accordions can play the bass accordion parts using the bassoon switch. The piece is about 2 1/2 minutes long.


    Mix and Match Music


    Be Mine: Love Songs
    $14.99 order now

    Croon a tune from yesteryear with this delightful intermediate, mix and match music collection of popular love songs from the early 1900s plus an original written a century later. Lyrics and chord symbols with two harmony parts and a new melody written for each tune.

    The new melody, an improv idea helpful in learning more about improvisation, can be played as a second chorus or along with the original melody for a contrapuntal sound. Accordionists can use chord symbols to practice using counterbasses or filling in chords with the right hand. Great for accordion groups or solo playing. Tunes in the books:

  • Alice Blue Gown
  • Blue Moon
  • Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine
  • For Me and My Gal
  • I Love You Truly
  • I'm Just Wild About Harry
  • If I Had My Way
  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  • Memories
  • My Gal Sal
  • Till We Meet Again
  • Valentine Waltz
  • Whispering
  • You Made Me Love You

    Any combination of instruments can play together. Seven books available: C treble clef, alto clef, bass clef, Bb book, Eb book, F book, and Choral book.


    What a Year!
    $12.50 order now

    A collection of 12 easy to intermediate accordion duets that can be played by 2 or more accordions or by any combination of instruments.

    Read Reviews

    Books are also available for flutes, oboes, Bb clarinets, bassoons, Bb saxophones, Eb saxophones, horns in F, Bb trumpets, trombones, violins, violas, cellos, basses, and percussion. Each tune inspired by and composed during the month of its title. Young students like to play their birthday months!

    This series offers wide versatility in teaching and playing situations. Teachers can play duets with their students and students can play together in small or large ensembles.

    The duets in What a Year! introduce students to a variety of rhythms, repeats, endings, phrasings, expressions, dynamics, and articulations using standard meters. These duets prepare students for the more advanced collection of duets in What a Week!


    What a Week!
    $10.99 order now

    A collection of 7 intermediate accordion duets which can be played by 2 or more accordions or by any combination of instruments.

    Read Reviews

    Books are also available for flutes, oboes, Bb clarinets, bassoons, Bb saxophones, Eb saxophones, horns in F, Bb trumpets, trombones, violins, violas, cellos, basses, and percussion. Each tune, named for one day of the week, was written on the day of its title.

    Teachers can play duets with their students and students can play together in small or large ensembles. The duets cover the basics of musicianship. The many types of rhythms, meters, dynamics, phrasings, articulations, embellishments, expressions, repeats, and endings in the tunes give students a wide range of experience.

    Students can also learn more about major scales as the tunes are written in 8 of the major scales with a key change in one of the 7 tunes. One tune is a 12-bar blues with chords marked to help students learn the progression.


    Accordion Instruction Books


    Scaling the Accordion, Major Scales Book 1
    $15.99 order now

    Scaling the Accordion, Major Scales Book 1, covers all major scales for the beginning student. Fingerings are noted to help the student develop good habits.

    Read Reviews

    Following each scale is a page of exercises to help reinforce the scale and prepare the student for the tune written in that scale. The tune is composed to let the student immediately put the scale into practical use. A must have for new students!


    Scaling the Accordion, Major Scales Book 2
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    Scaling the Accordion, Major Scales Book 2, continues the student's development of mastering the major scales. A more intricate view of each major scale is followed by two tunes composed for that scale.

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    The tunes are composed for intermediate students. A great book for students to experience all the major scales on the accordion!


    Scaling the Accordion, Minor Scales Book 1
    $15.99
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    Scaling the Accordion, Minor Scales Book 1, covers the natural minor scales. It offers scales, exercises, and great new tunes so that you can play music right away using each scale! Fingerings included. An excellent follow-up book for Major Scales Book 1 in this series.

    Scaling the Accordion, Minor Scales, Book 1 is designed to help piano accordion students become familiar with the natural minor scales, the basis of the harmonic minor scales and the melodic minor scales. The book also helps students develop facility with the basses.

    Each tune was composed to help students become more familiar with the notes and sounds of the scale used for the tune. Teachers can also use the tunes to help students develop skills in dynamics, articulation, phrasing, and expression.


    How To Play the Mini Button Accordion
    $10.99
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    It's fun and easy to learn to play the mini button accordion with our new notation system for beginners! This small accordion is also known as the Midget Button Box, the Hero, Cajun style accordion, and the diatonic model UC102 (7 keys or buttons for right hand, 2 buttons for left hand plus an air button).

    How To Play the Mini Button Accordion comes complete with basic information about music and exercises to learn how to coordinate your fingers and the bellows.

    The book includes four tunes with special warm-ups for each tune, including Sur Le Pont D'Avignon, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, When the Saints Go Marching In, and We Wish You a Merry Xmas. Two tunes can be played as solos or duets. Fun for kids of all ages!


    More Mini Button Accordion
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    Spread your wings with this new collection of tunes for the mini button accordion. Learn about articulations, intervals, and solfege. Learn how to shake those bellows!

    You won't want to miss Valentine Waltz, Chance Dance, June Tune, Patrick Polka, and the other fun music in this book.


    Accordion Music for the Holidays


    Fun and Easy Christmas Favorites (Book 1 and Book 2)
    $15.99 each
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    Playful new solo arrangements of familiar holiday tunes. Original meters and rhythms help develop players' confidence in reading music of well-known tunes.

    Book 1 is easy accordion music and arranged for 12-bass accordions. Book 2 is intermediate accordion music and offers more challenges for the left hand. The music in Book 2 is arranged for accordions with counterbasses and 7ths. Each book includes these 12 favorites:

  • O Christmas Tree
  • The First Noël
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Jingle Bells
  • Joy to the World
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • Peace on Earth
  • Silent Night
  • Up on the Housetop
  • We Three Kings of Orient Are


    Holidays in Harmony
    $15.99 accordion solos, $19.99 ensemble book order now

    Enjoy our wonderful new arrangements of popular holiday tunes, one new holiday tune, and 5 popular tunes from other countries. Each book in the ensemble series includes all 4 parts for the 12 tunes. The tunes can be played as solos, duets, in 3-part harmony, or in 4-part harmony.

    The 8-book ensemble series of flexible instrumentation books includes chord symbols for every tune and lyrics in the native languages with translations. The solo accordion book and the ensemble books offer this diverse collection of tunes:

  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
  • Deck the Halls (Welch)
  • Good King Wenceslas (Bohemian)
  • Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes (French)
  • Auld Lang Syne (Scottish)
  • Esta Noche Es Noche Buena (Spanish)
  • Chanuka (Jewish)
  • Ritsch, Ratsch (Swedish)
  • Die Hirten auf dem Felde (Austrian)
  • Wsrod Nocnej Ciszy (Polish)
  • Deilig Er den Himmel Blaa (Danish)

    A piano accompaniment book for the ensemble series includes scores for all the tunes. At the back of the solo accordion book and the piano accompaniment book is a page with the phonetic pronunciation of the titles of the tunes from other countries, the complete set of lyrics, and stories about holiday celebrations in various countries.

    The C treble clef ensemble book allows the accordionist to play with others in up to 4-part harmony. Also available in the flexible instrumentation series: C alto clef book, C bass clef book, Bb book, Eb book, F book, and G book. Any instruments can play together. A solo piano book is also available.


    Marvelous Harvest (easy)
    $3.99 order now

    A novelty tune for the fall season with a jaunty melody to celebrate the harvests of pumpkins, pineapples, potatoes, and peas. This tune approaches the intermediate level.

    The tune includes a few simple bass solos, grace notes, and a few easy rhythmic challenges. Artwork by Marion Melin.


    Songs of Patriots (intermediate)
    $21.99 order now

    Play and sing the songs that trace America's history through the centuries! Through extensive research in America's archives, we found many songs popular in their day that somehow slipped through the cracks. We did our best to identify the oldest version of each song from the archives.

    Enjoy the bass passages for the left hand and parodies in Songs of Patriots. These are the 30 songs in the book, which include chord symbols and various versions of lyrics:

  • Yankee Doodle (The Yankee's Return from Camp)
  • The Liberty Song
  • Election - The People's Right
  • Fair and Free Elections
  • The Star-Spangled Banner
  • The Marine's Hymn
  • The Bonnie Blue Flag
  • Reply to the Bonnie Blue Flag
  • The Southern Girl (The Homespun Dress)
  • Taps
  • Tattoo
  • Pat Murphy of the Irish Brigade
  • Grafted into the Army
  • Tenting on the Old Campground
  • The Brass-Mounted Army
  • The Southern Wagon
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  • Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye
  • Johnny Fill Up the Bowl
  • Hold the Fort
  • America, The Beautiful
  • The Stars and Stripes Forever
  • The Yankee Doodle Boy
  • Anchors Aweigh
  • You're a Grand Old Flag
  • The March of the Women
  • Goodbye Broadway, Hello France
  • America's Legacy
  • America's Legacy ... in C

    Historical information about each song is located at the back of each 84-page book. All arrangements at an intermediate level. Guitar/vocal and piano/vocal books are also available.


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