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Name: Frank Kocour
From: Phoenix, AZ
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Hi Duane. I'm 75 years old and originally from Cleveland Ohio, but I moved to Phoenix AZ in 1961.

I'm a Slovenian polka player. You remind me so much of my home state that I get homesick. I started playing the accordion when I was 11 years old. I Took lessons for almost a year and then quit, but I continued to play until I was about 17 and then I laid the accordion down.

I really never learned how to read music. I fooled my teacher into thinking I could read, but in reality all I did was memorize how he played the song and then I duplicated it. I fooled everyone else too, because even though I couldn't read music I did teach myself how to play some songs very well.

Problem is that I never figured out the correct fingering and I became a contortionist to get the job done. Anyhow, I always promised myself that someday I would learn how to read music and which fingers to use. That's when I discovered your site.

It has taken me about 4 months and I'm now on lesson #70. I have to say that you are beyond excellent as a teacher. You answer questions and make comments almost like you can hear me think about stuff. And it's almost as if we are in the same room together.

It's a joy to be able to pick up a piece of sheet music and play any song from the middle of the song.

Thank you for your site. It has been a Godsend for me. When I finish the lessons I will record something and send it in.

Again - many thanks for taking the time to put your lessons on the Internet.
 
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Name: Manjuvajra
From: Bristol England
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I've recently bought my first accordion (I'm retired and have always wanted to play an instrument) and discovered your lessons - they have been immensely helpful. Thank you for all your efforts.
 
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Name: Mo
From: Iran
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Name: Alina
From: Canada
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Hello Duane, I got an accordion from my father in law who brought it with him when he emigrated from Germany to Canada in the 50's. I am really enjoying your lessons and am fighting my way through lesson 4 (two hands together). You've done a great job with your lessons and I am very thrilled to have found you on the internet. Thank you.
 
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Name: Fanie Bekker
From: Knysna, South AFrica
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Thank you so much for placing this Website on the Internet.
 
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Name: Merle Rogers
From: Lakeland FLORIDA
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Name: Marilyn
From: California
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Discovered your website over the summer and it has been terrific. I take lessons in the winter from a "used to be" accordion teacher, currently piano teacher, but was looking for more. Found you by accident and your lessons have pushed me to improve. I'm on lesson #55 and your Christmas carols motivated me during the holidays. I love your audio lesson comments and being able to hear the songs I'm not familiar with. Just a side note. I played the accordion from 1965-1969 as a child, and decided to play again in January, 2016. Surprised at how much I remembered. Your lessons are invaluable and I thank you for your website. Now on to lesson #56. Happy New Year.
 
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Name: Paul Dougall
From: Peterborough, UK
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Always recommend this site. Got me up and running with my accordion. Many thanks
 
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Name: Rafael Fermin
From: Dominican Republic
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Name: Mike Skeen
From: Magaliesburg South Africa
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The accordion is not very popular in SA & teachers are very difficult to find especially in a rural area such as ours. Your lessons are highly valued & very helpful. I'm so grateful that I found your website.
 
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