undefinedthe secret accordionist and member of  Belshazzar's Feast

It seems to me that many folk accordionists are able to play both hands together but would like simple but effective ideas to improve and enhance their repertoire. If this sounds familiar, then this course is for you.


Resident: £310 Non-Resident: £225 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 21/223

Booking for Members opens at 9am on Monday 12 October 2020. 

Non-Member and online booking opens at 9am on Monday 9 November 2020. 

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here.

What is the course about?

Paul’s style of teaching is relaxed and entertaining, but underlying this is his belief that the accordion should be taken more seriously as a beautiful and versatile instrument. His playing is unique in that he uses a lot of sustained left hand notes, block chords, and drones or pedal notes and he also is master of harmony, frequently adding extra lines in the right hand. His playing is inspired by the sound of the church organ and he tries to avoid the old-fashioned limited use of the instrument (note-chords rhythmic “boom-chit” sound) at all costs. He is an experienced teacher who loves teaching and enjoys developing the potential of a group or individual to deepen and improve their musicianship.

What will we cover?

Left hand: sustained chords and bass notes, different rhythmic accompaniments, methods to create different textures and moving bass lines

Right hand: improved dexterity and articulation

Both hands: use of bellows to create phrasing, dynamics and rhythm

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

The skills learned on the course are all transferable to existing repertoires. But I hope the tunes used will also be inspirational. 

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You should be able to play both hands together, achieve simple left hand jumps eg G to A row and be able to read music

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

In a group setting mostly but there will be an opportunity for (short) 1 to 1 ‘surgeries’ on Saturday afternoon. 

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

No, it will be provided by the tutor on the course.

Is there anything I need to bring?

Just bring yourself and your instrument!

What previous participants said about this course…

“Enjoyable and instructive specimen pieces to work on thoroughly. Very well taught.”

“The tutor was excellent.”

“The best moment was learning how to make my playing more expressive and my accordion bass playing more interesting.”