Chromatic Accordion Resources

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Ronen from Accordion Love
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Chromatic Accordion Resources

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I've had lots of questions re: chromatic accordions.
While I don't play one, some students have shared some resources with me that I thought I would collect in this thread.

Feel free to post your resources here.

Anne's Chromatic accordion resources

Here is the link to the Anzaghi Complete Method, which can be purchased at Liberty Bellows: https://www.libertybellows.com/shop/Boo ... uction.htm.
It is a difficult book for a beginner.

The English Version for Methode Complete D’Accordeon by Lucien and Richard Galliano can be purchased from the Button Box Accordion Shop: https://www.buttonbox.com/instruction-cba.html
It is somewhat easier than the Anzaghi Method, which can also be purchased at Button Box Accordions.

The easiest method for me has been: Methode D’Accordeon Debutants by Manu Maugain is written French. I think I bought it on Amazon, and it was shipped from the U,K,:

It can also be purchased from Sheet Music Plus: https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/me ... c/19473468

Methode D’Accordeon Chromatic by Medard Ferrero was recommended to me by a French Accordion player on YouTube (Andre Constantino). I enjoy his style of music. The book is easier to follow than The Anzaghi Method, but more difficult than Maugain’s method. The blue book cover is the first in the series of 4 books:

It is only available in Europe, but can be purchased on Amazon.UK:

The last book I only found online in a pdf file: Methode D’Accordeon by Andre Astier and Joss Baselli, but I can’t find it. It might be able to be purchased on Amazon.FR
Ronen from Accordion Love
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Re: Chromatic Accordion Resources

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Brian, another student, shared the following PDF resource with me:
https://nydana.se/accordiontest.pdf
Chris N
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Re: Chromatic Accordion Resources

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Here are a couple more free resources that I found.

They are really designed for learning free bass c-system button accordion, where you have symmetrical layouts of notes on the right and left sides.

However they would also be of use to anyone trying to figure out the fingerings for the right hand of a standard stradella c-system button accordion, or for someone trying to find their way in free bass on a piano accordion.

If you happen to have a Roland v-accordion, the default free bass layout on those is the one that is being taught by these books. You just have to press the free bass button once to turn it on. I think it's the most common system on acoustic converter accordions too, but there are a few others!

This first one is aimed at children, but the text is in either Swedish or Danish - I'm not sure which! - but the sheet music and diagrams make it pretty easy to follow


This is in English, and is aimed at adults, and gets a bit more advanced by the end
https://pdfslide.net/documents/ellegaar ... -bass.html

Mogens Ellegaard - the author - was a great Danish classical accordionist who lived in the late 20th century - you can find some of his recordings on YouTube
Kim N
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Re: Chromatic Accordion Resources

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Chris, Thanks for this resource. Although I am predominantly a piano accordion player I bought a used three row ,sixty bass chromatic French c griff accordion just before the pandemic and have been teaching myself how to play often by using Ronens lessons. Your resource is great as well.. I had planned just to play folk music on the chromatic( Scottish,French,Italian) but actually may expand and maybe try a 4 row.There are few if any chromatic instructors in my region of America so I value this resource. Enjoyed your video as well. Kim
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