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Left Hand Development for Accordion

Tunes and techniques to take your
left hand to the next level

The Left Hand Development course is a series of lessons that fits nicely alongside our other accordion courses, bridging the gap for beginners and intermediate players.

3  very different tunes are taught looking at first the melody and then focusing on new chords bass combinations on the left hand that can be used in an tune. The series finishes by looking at a scale on the left hand that can be useful in any key.

Downloadable sheet music is available for each tune.

Course Intro

Course Intro

Aileen Sweeney playing accordion

Your Tutor - Aileen Sweeney

An accordionist, composer and arranger based in Glasgow, Aileen Sweeney is one of Scotland’s rising stars on the trad scene.

In July 2017, Aileen graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a B.Mus. (performance) with first class honours having studied classical accordion and composition.

Aileen has performed with some of the leading contemporary music ensembles in Scotland such as The Glasgow New Music Expedition, Ensemble Thing and NOISE Opera.

In 2016, Aileen founded the folk-fusion band Eriska. The band launched their debut album “At the Wrong Gig” in July 2018.

Lessons in the Series

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Accordion

1 Sunset Over Foula – Right Hand

Aileen begins her course focusing on the left hand by first teaching the right hand melody to a lovely waltz.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Accordion

2 Sunset Over Foula – Left Hand

Aileen next focuses on some new chords and bass notes and their positions on the left hand, as well as looking at slash chords.   This Post is only available to subscribed

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Accordion

3 Sunset Over Foula – Both Hands

Aileen brings both hands together now to complete her lessons on this lovely waltz from the Shetland Islands.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Accordion

4 Jig Run Rig – Right Hand

Aileen continues her course by looking at a tune known across the land – a wonderful jig by Fergie MacDonald.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Accordion

5 Jig Run Rig – Left Hand

Aileen turns her attention to the left hand chords and bass notes for the Jig Run Rig, which will allow new combinations to be explored.   This Post is only available to

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Accordion

6 Jig Run Rig – Both Hands

As before Aileen combines everything learnt in the previous two lessons to bring both hands together to complete the tune.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Accordion

7 John Stephen of Chance Inn – Right Hand

Aileen moves on to a fantastic strathspey written by the late Angus Fitchet, the legendary band leader and fiddler from Dundee.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Accordion

8 John Stephen of Chance Inn – Left Hand

The turn of the left hand now for this great strathspey from Angus Fitchet with some new chords introduced.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Accordion

10 Scale of C Major

To finish her course, Aileen focuses on a scale on the left hand, where the knowledge learnt can be transferred to any key.   This Post is only available to subscribed members.

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