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Accordion lessons for visiting German student
Dear BPN, I'm trying to help a young German girl, who will be spending a
year in Berkeley starting this fall. She plays an instrument, a button
Accordion, similar to a ''Bayan'' and it's in C. Does anyone have such
an instrument she could borrow, while she is here? Or does anyone know
if these are rented out anywhere?
She would also like to take lessons while she is here. Anybody know of
such an Accordion teacher? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you Accordion novice
Try Smythe's Accordion in uptown Oakland:
DC Piano in Berkeley has accordians (I don't know much about the stock,
seen them there). Also, Cotati (up here in Sonoma County) has an
festival in August of each year (that's pretty big for this area at
called ''Cotati Fest'' (website: http://www.cotatifest.com/), which
might be a
good source for information.
A few clicks got me this list of accordian teachers:
Looking for Button Box Accordion Lessons
Looking for someone who teaches button box accordion (think Cajun and Irish music). All I can
find are piano key accordion teachers. Any recommendations?
Kimric Smythe has a shop at Broadway and 22nd in Oakland.
He is lauded as the local expert on accordion construction, sales, and repair.
Accordian instructor for a beginner
Anyone know of an accordian instructor for a beginner in Berkeley, Oakland,
Montclair, Piedmont area?
aspiring accordion player
My colleague's partner - his name is Henri - is an accordion instructor.
I've heard him play once and I was very impressed. In fact, I had no idea
an accordion could sound so wonderful. He teaches a ''punk rock''
accordion workshop, in addition to the more traditional approach.
You can reach Henri at 510-417-5736 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. There's
also a lot of information at his
If you are looking for accordian lessons you should contact Joel Weber.
Email him at joel[at]holdenhigh.org Kristin
Non-traditional accordion teacher for teen
Does anyone know an accordion teacher for a 19-year-old who can play piano
and read music? This is for non-traditional accordion music for a kid into
alternative rock, metal, etc. (don't ask me, I'm just the messenger/mom)
I would try asking about rock accordion teachers at Smythe's
Accordion Shop in downtown Oakland, 21 Grand Ave., near Broadway.
The shop looks iffy from the outside but the man who owns it is
so nice; he gave impromptu squeeze box lessons to my kids, who
thought he was the greatest. This was several years ago so you
might call info and make sure the shop is still there -- it's
hours were ''flexible.''
I can highly recommend Joel Weber. He teaches accordion in
addition to being one of the directors and teachers at Holden
High School, an alternative school in Orinda where the
teenagers (and parents and staff!) just adore him! He told me
he teaches any musical style. He lives in Oakland and you can
reach him at (510) 655-4398.
I wanted to summarize the replies that people emailed directly
Several people recommended the punk accordion class at
Smythe's Accordion Center in Oakland.
The Punk Rock Accordion Workshop (in Oakland)
Two people recommended Dan Cantrell: http://www.bellowhead.com/accordian.html
One person recommended a teacher at Piedmont Piano Company.
Thanks for the suggestions!
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