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How to Play the Accordion with Both Hands

Learn how to play the accordion with both hands from musician / Broadway actress Katrina Yaukey in this Howcast video.


OK, wow do you play an accordion with both hands?

Well, first of all, let's talk about the left hand which is over here on the bass notes and the right hand which is over here on the keyboard. Sometimes it seems weird to think of them playing at the same time and doing two totally different things.

One thing that has really helped me to be able to do this in my playing is to play scales on the left hand, first of all, and scales on the right hand. Sometimes even together.

But first of all, let's start with this. Let's find that classic um-pa-pa sound on the left hand. I'm going to start on the C, on the fundamental base note line. It's right underneath my finger. It has a little divot in it so I can find it really easily.

I'm going to start with this classic um-pa-pa sound.

Now, without playing anything too hard, just to get an idea of putting the hands together, I'm going to start with a basic C scale on my right hand.

Now add them together. It may seem like a challenge but focus on that left hand, really keeping that rhythm strong.

I would say that is a great way to start off trying to put your hands together. Not only are you working on your scales, but also learning to put your hands together.

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