Dahl is widely known as a virtuoso accordionist as well as a composer,
arranger, recording artist and music educator, with an extensive background
in music theory, composition and harmony.
has now developed an impressive body of work including hundreds of individual
arrangements and more than a dozen books currently in publication by
Mel Bay Publications.
a recognized teacher, Gary provides specialized training for all levels
of students. Gary's students have won national and state competitions
as well as achieving professional status. Lessons are available via
computer MP3 for students worldwide.
currently performs as a single for private functions. The Gary Dahl
trio plus vocalist performed regularly at private clubs, hotels and
the lounge circuit from 1960 through 1991. Gary is a graduate of the
University of Washington specializing in composition and theory and
is a former commercial corporate pilot, flight instructor and corporate
requests from students and friends searching for HIGH LEVEL PROFESSIONAL
ACCORDION ARRANGEMENTS inspired Gary Dahl to create a library over the
last 20 years with the following goals:
good taste, harmonically/melodically correct.
with a sensible degree of difficulty, such that any additional difficulty
would not improve the overall sound of the arrangement.
audience appeal and playing enjoyment.
the orchestral capabilities of the accordion.
that will excite and challenge intermediate through professional.
See page 2 for .pdf samples.
Your lesson opportunity
with Gary Dahl Click on to view additional mp3 Lesson Information
via mp3: Why not take real accordion lessons from one of the few remaining
qualified teachers? Why not discover your full potential? You only live
once...why waste your opportunity and never experience confident, advanced
playing skills from amateur teachers. Your lessons will be an exciting
and rewarding experience that features fast track advancement. Sadly,
there are very few qualified accordion teachers and most likely not
in your area. I am one of the very few teachers that can teach all styles
accurately...and, I wrote the books! (see page two) All of my published
arrangements are free to students. There are far too many published
junk arrangements that can actually hurt a students progress by
enforcing harmony errors and inaccurate style awareness. Learning from
professionally creative and musically correct music will motivate you
and your listeners while teaching competent musicianship. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information. Using Skype? You are locked into an inconvenient schedule. MP3 lessons: Less expensive and crystal clear recordings... and no inconvenient schedule. Stay away from the so-called free lessons on-line like the plague. They are conducted by amateurs and are basically stupid. Some of my students choose to use YOUTUBE and no dumb schedule required.
mp3 Lesson Testimonial from
Richard Sosinski M.D: To prospective mp3 students: I am a 57 year-old
physician who took accordion lessons for five years in the early 1960s.
I would pick up my old Noble once in awhile, but have recently decided
to play again in earnest. I thought that I would buy some new music
and just work on my own. One of the books that I bought was Gary Dahl's
Chord Melody Method Book with instructional CD. I worked on it and the
other music for a while and actually made good progress. (I thought)
I then realized that I wanted to understand the music as well as play
it, and that my playing technique was not going to get better without
professional instruction. Finding any accordion teacher, much less a
highly skilled and experienced one, can be quite challenging.
After listening to the instructional CD, I began to think about Gary's
mp3 lessons, but I had some reservations. I wasn't really sure that
I wanted to be a student again. I didn't see how sending digital music
files back and forth would be a very efficient way of learning. And
could this guy really critique my playing without seeing me?
Nevertheless, I decided to take the leap of faith; really, I had little
to lose. I am happy to report that I am actually having a great deal
of fun with these lessons. I have found that there are many advantages
to taking lessons in this manner. As an adult student who has a busy
career, I can record the lesson when it fits my schedule instead of
having a preset date and time. If I'm out of sorts and having a bad
day playing, I just start over and record the next day. Gary usually
responds to my lesson in about 2 days with an mp3 file of his own. This
file has me playing and his verbal critique as I go. He then outlines
what he wants me to play for the next lesson and plays examples himself.
It is an extremely relaxed process. I'm relaxed because I don't have
an instructor in front of me, and his criticism is done in a very considerate
and witty manner. He teaches a very efficient method, and builds on
your positives. Plus, you have all of the lessons recorded in your music
files and can play them again and again so nothing is missed or forgotten
as it might be with 'live' lessons. I suppose there are some limitations
to Gary not actually seeing me play, but he is so experienced that he
knows what I am doing incorrectly just by listening. The bottom line
is that in just three short months my technique is approaching far more
brilliance than the previous five years and I'm learning the 'real world'
of musicianship with the Chord Melody Method. (this particular skill
level is the 'missing link' for accordionists)
If you are like me and are returning to the instrument, and are willing
to put in the practice time, you'll catch up fast and have great fun
with these lessons. If you are new to the accordion, you will learn
the correct way to play from the critical beginning by an experienced
teacher who has taught hundreds of beginners to professionals. And,
if you are an accomplished player, you can refine your technique and
musicianship using Gary's sophisticated, published arrangements while
I couldn't be more positive about Gary Dahl's MP3 Accordion Lessons.
Richard Sosinski M.D.