Smooth, Beautiful tunes on Piano Accordion w/ Rachel Bell at The Parlor Room

  • June 12, 2023 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • The Parlor Room

    32 Masonic Street
    Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
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The Parlor Room School of Music Presents
Smooth, Beautiful tunes on Piano Accordion w/ Rachel Bell 
at The Parlor Room
Monday, June 12
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Tickets: $25 GA/ $20 MEMBERS


Smooth, Beautiful tunes on Piano Accordion

Welcome to the piano accordion as a powerful, versatile instrument that can do way more than play oom-pah, oom-pah! At this workshop, we'll focus on how to bring the maximum amount of heart-melting beauty out of a few smooth, sweet tunes from the Celtic, French, English, and contra dance traditions. I was always jealous that pianists could play flowing arpeggios and guitar players could do all that sparkly finger-picking stuff, so I spent many years exploring methods for using the superpowers of the piano accordion to make the most of the delicate and pretty tunes. We'll treat the right hand like a singer, breathing with the bellows to create beautiful phrasing and dynamics. We'll experiment with left hand techniques to provide smooth support under the melody. We'll think about arrangements and non-melody ideas for the right hand, and we'll be sure you leave with a whole big variety of tools for what to do when you encounter lovely tunes out in the world. We'll be working in a style kind of like this: and this: We'll start with simple tunes so we can focus attention on lots of different techniques and details. Come with at least a basic level of proficiency on the piano accordion. The workshop will shape-shift to meet the needs of folks on the advanced beginner/early intermediate level all the way up through experienced players. If you have questions about levels, contact No need to worry if you're more comfortable working by ear or from sheet music, as we'll use a combination of both strategies. For samples of the style we'll be working in, check out the recordings and videos here: 


The Parlor Room Nonprofit and School of Music's mission is to: Promote a vibrant musical community in downtown Northampton, MA for musicians of all abilities and at all stages of their career. The Parlor Room will bring nationally touring and local acts to our listening room to provide an exceptional experience for the artist and audience and guide musicians and anyone interested in a career in the music industry through our school of music. Learn more at

The Parlor Room is a BYOB venue.  Tickets are non-refundable. 

The Parlor Room is located at 32 Masonic Street Northampton, MA 01060

Date & Time

Mon, Jun 12, 2023 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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The Parlor Room

32 Masonic Street
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060 The Parlor Room
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