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Emmanuel Pariselle: Melodeon Accompaniment Workshop

Friday 24 May 4pm — Sunday 26 May 4pm, 2019

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

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Full board per person (tuition, activities, tutors' gig, accommodation & all meals):

  • £240 – single ensuite room
  • £210 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £210 – single non-ensuite room
  • £165 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, tutors' gig, all meals):

  • £155

Non Resident (tuition, activities, tutors' gig, meals except breakfast):

  • £145

Emmanuel Pariselle is well known as one of Europe’s finest makers of diatonic button accordions; he is also one of France’s finest players (and a sublime singer to boot) and is offering this course to explore song and tune accompaniment on the melodeon.

You won’t be learning new tunes, but will focus on:

  • Right hand chords, how to learn and use them
  • How to find and write chords for a tune
  • Rhythm to support a melody

You’ll leave with a nice method to take away, develop and apply to your playing.

This course runs alongside workshops run by Rowan Rheingans & Richard Burgess. All three tutors will perform an informal concert on Saturday evening.

Who’s it For?

You don’t need to be a great player, provided you are motivated by wanting to accompany songs and tunes with chords on the box. It’s easier if you play a D/G but get in touch if you play in other keys; 8, 12, 14 or 18 basses are welcome and encouraged.

We’re recommending this course for players at level 3 and above, but if you’re a level 2 player and really keen, do get in touch.

Click here for Halsway Melodeon Playing Levels.

Emmanuel speaks good English so don’t worry, you don’t need to speak French!

The Tutor

Emmanuel Pariselle has a long and distinguished career as a professional musician, singer and instrument maker. He is exceeding well-known and admired across Europe, and has a great sense of humour too. In lieu of a written biog, here are a couple of rough videos taken at Halsway as part of a tutors’ concert, giving an idea of where he’s coming from in terms of song and tune accompaniment.