Intermediate Scottish Accordion

Improve your repertoire and skills with this course designed for the intermediate player

The Intermediate Scottish Accordion course is aimed at those players who can already play the accordion to a reasonable level and know the common keys and chords.

This course focuses on broadening the repertoire and includes well known pieces, for example Mrs Macleod, along with newer pieces on the session circuit, for example the The Dram Behind the Curtain. 

Attention is brought to both the melody and the bass buttons and chords for each tune.

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Course Syllabus & Structure

TitleLesson Length
Maggie West's Waltz11m 58s
Mrs Macleod of Raasay11m 39s
Dhomhnuil nan dun15m 42s
The Dram Behind the Curtain10m 40s
Cawdor Fair11m 16s
Margaret's Waltz11m 21s
The Glencoe March16m 23s
Cóta Mór Ealasaid08m 57s

Each lesson is split into 3 sections, that follow the format below:

1. Introduction to the piece, and play through.
2. A tutorial focusing on the right hand melody.
3. A tutorial looking at the right hand bass and chords.

Mairearad Green

Your Tutor -

Renowned for her deft and lyrical accordion style, as well as her dextrous piping, Mairearad Green is in great demand not only as a performer, but also as a composer and teacher. Often seen on stage alongside multi-instrumentalist Anna Massie, composer Mike Vass, piping supergroup Tryst and singer-songwriter, King Creosote. She has also previously toured with The Poozies, Karine Polwart, Box Club, Lauren MacColl and The Unusual Suspects.

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Lesson 1. Maggie West’s Waltz

In the first tune in her intermediate course, Mairearad teaches a very popular waltz on the scene today, written by herself for her Grandmother.   This Post is only available to subscribed


Lesson 2. Mrs Macleod of Raasay

Mairearad moves on to an incredibly popular reel played throughout Scotland, Mrs Macleod, or to give it its full title, Mrs MacLeod of Raasay.   This Post is only available to subscribed


Lesson 3. Dhomhnuil nan dun

The next piece Mairearad looks at is a lovely Gaelic song written in 1625, making it one of the oldest written pieces she knows.   This Post is only available to subscribed

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Lesson 4. The Dram Behind the Curtain

Another piece from Mairearad, this time a Jig in E Major written for her Grandfather, who indeed used to keep a “Dram Behind the Curtain”.   This Post is only available to

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Lesson 5. Cawdor Fair

This time Mairearad looks at a strathspey she has previously recorded with her good friend and great fiddler Mike Vass.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 6. Margaret’s Waltz

Mairearad turns her attention to one of the most popular waltzes on the session scene, Margaret’s Waltz written by Pat Shuldham Shaw.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 7. The Glencoe March

Mairearad takes us through a 2/4 March written by arguably Cape Breton’s most famous fiddler, Dan R. MacDonald.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login


Lesson 8. Cóta Mór Ealasaid

A two part reel this time delightfully entitled “Cóta Mór Ealasaid”, which translates as “Elizabeth’s Big Coat”.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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