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right hand, and play fundamental C and three C major chords
with the left hand, repeating this until it is easy to do. Then
shift to D with the right hand and G and the G major chord
with your left.
A little experimenting will take you farther faster than any-
thing more that we could write here. But, this is one case
where we feel you should do your experimenting with the help
of tunes or exercises arranged specially for the accordion, so
your bass notes and chords will be written out for you in the
We have friends who say that it is easier to play on the
larger accordions, even the big 120 bass one, than on a small
12-bass instrument. This is probably true for people who are
already familiar with the piano and with music generally. We
wanted to put this comment in here, because a lot of people
think that a large accordion is more complicated and difficult
to play than it really is.
On a 120-bass accordion there are six rows of bass buttons,
each containing twenty buttons.
The first row is the counter bass. Each of its notes is three
tones higher than the note next to it in the second row, which
is the fundamental bass found on the 12-bass accordion. The
counter basses are added largely as a matter of convenience.
They enable the player to play his various low bass notes with-
out making long jumps up and down the fundamental bass row.
The third row is the major chord row, which has been ex-
plained in connection with the 12-bass accordion.
The fourth row is the minor chord row. It makes the minor
chords of the key in which you are playing.
The fifth row buttons make the dominant seventh chords of
the key in which you are playing; and the sixth row buttons
make the diminished seventh chords.
The amazing thing about this big keyboard is that it can