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How To Play the Piano Accordion - the right hand

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The Right Hand

The right hand plays a keyboard arranged exactly like a
piano keyboard, and we will start by telling how this is used
to play the melody.

Fig. 117 shows a 12 bass accordion, which has fifteen white
keys on the piano keyboard, together with the usual black
keys on which you play the sharps and flats. It is drawn as
though you were looking directly toward the person playing it.
When you are playing, the keyboard is on your right side and
your right thumb and fingers rest on it naturally and easily.

Accordion music that you may get to practice with will be
numbered to show the fingering, and the quickest way to get
used to the fingering is to play melodies that have the finger
numbers printed above the notes. There is no set rule, except
that you should use fingers next to each other, as a rule, to
play notes that are next to each other. Most people soon de-
velop the fingering that is natural and easiest for them without
any great difficulty—just as a result of playing.

Your first exercise, which will teach you some of the princi-
ples of fingering, should be to play the scale of C. Play the top
note on the keyboard, C, with your thumb; the next note, D,
with your first finger, and E with your second finger. Then
shift your thumb to F, and use the first, second and third fin-
gers on G, A and B. Then you shift your thumb again, this time
to the middle C, and continue as before. You always play C
and F with your thumb when playing up or down the scale
of C.

Coming down the scale, put your little finger on the C at
the bottom of the keyboard. Play B with your third finger, A
with your second finger, G with your first finger, and F with
your thumb. Then shift the second finger to E, play D with
your first finger, and land on middle C with your thumb. Play
B with your third finger, and keep going on down the same
way, using your thumb when you come to F.

After practicing the scale a few times, put your thumb on


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