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How to Play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on the Accordion

Learn how to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on the accordion from musician / Broadway actress Katrina Yaukey in this Howcast video.

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Let's say you've never played an accordion before and you wanted to pick it up and try to learn a song. We all know, Mary Had a Little Lamb. Right? So basically, if you were to pick up an accordion, you see that there's all these black notes in groups of twos and threes. So let's find a two. There's a two right here. If you go away from yourself, counting one and two, there's a white note right next to it. That's where we're going to start, Mary Had a Little Lamb. You could start it on any one of these groups of twos. So, there's another E. There's another one. We're going to play it down here where it sounds a little bit better.

So that's an E. Again, right next to the group of two. And we're going to go, E, D, C, D, E, E, E. And we know how this tune goes, right? Back to the E, to a G.

So that's the basic tune for Mary Had a Little Lamb on the right hand. You could start with that, without ever having played an accordion before and probably get it pretty easily.

Now just to spice it up a little bit maybe we could add the left hand. I'm going to find the gem on this accordion, which is a C. Now every accordion has a gem. This one does. Sometimes it's just a little divot in the middle of the buttons on the left hand, so here's my C. I'm going to find my E over here again, which is one away. One, moving away from my face, on the white notes from the group of two. I'm playing the C and the E at the same time, and I'm slowly going to switch to a G chord eventually, but first let's find that C again, and just listen.

So basically, on the left hand I just switched from a C to a G and then I moved from a G to a D. Again, just focus on the right hand if this is the first time that you're playing the instrument, and finding that E to start on for Mary Had a Little Lamb.

Once again. A very simple Mary Had a Little Lamb on the accordion.

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