Rod Stradling

The Accordion Pages


Scales on the bass (major)

There are a few different ways to play major scales on a Stradella bass.

My preferred way, because I use the 3-finger method on the bass, is as follows;

     Note      Finger      Comment
     C           4      Normal C fundamental
     D           2      Normal D fundamental
     E           4      C counter bass
     F           5      Normal F fundamental
     G           3      Normal G fundamental
     A           5     F counter bass
     B           3      G counter bass
     C           4      Normal C fundamental

Obviously, once you have mastered the scale in either direction, you can play any scale using the same fingering but starting from the appropriate bass note.

As you ascend the bass scale, note where the sound seems to drop down an octave to get back to the starting note. On my main accordion, the lowest sound on the bass side seems to be E. This might change depending on which bass couplers you select. You may think that this doesn't matter but it is worth knowing this just in case it changes the character of a tune. Sometimes on an accordion with midi fitted, the change position can be varied on the expander.

This fingering also allows me to add bass runs and fills.

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