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The Piano Accordion Absolute Beginners Book - Karen Tweed and Dave Mallinson

Karen Tweed has played the piano accordion from the age of eleven and studied for several years with high quality tutors. Years of unrelenting dedication, practice and performance have given her a deep understanding of traditional music, and her skill on the piano accordion can only be described as awesome.


Dave Mallinson didn’t discover traditional music until the late age of twenty-two and is completely self taught. Hard work, sheer dogged determination and lengthy practice have had to be his way of life. His constant struggle to maintain his skill gives him a unique insight into the problems and difficulties facing beginners and novices.Karen’s enormous skill and knowledge combined with Dave’s affinity with beginners make an ideal combination to present this introduction to the piano accordion and traditional music.


Foreword by Sam Pirt


I first met Karen Tweed at the 1994 Folkworks Youth Summer School. I was much younger and quieter then, but Karen’s warmth and fantastic teaching style, as well as her lovely smile, soon brought out the best in me. I can remember she encouraged me to play in the ‘over to you’ concert. I only knew the tune Winster Gallop (page 17) and I got an encore!! Since then she has remained a close friend, and a major musical influence on my playing.


Karen has a wonderful style; she has the ability to really make the tunes speak for themselves. Any tune sounds great in her hands, but I know that this has come through her determination and dedication, also as a result of playing in many, many sessions, jams and