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"Missing" chords on 8x6 48-bass
« on: June 18, 2009, 11:39:05 AM »

(Started a new topic, since the "Shand Morino" thread has wandered a bit).

The solution to the missing Bminor, F#minor etc chords on the stradella 48-bass with 8x6 layout is to use minor 7th chords. These are used by Scottish PA accordionist Sandy Brechin on his tuition video "Play Scottish Accordion". Sandy is a wizard on a 48-bass Hohner PA (although the video features a larger Guerrini).

The minor 7th chords are formed thus:

B (counterbass in G row) + Dmajor (row above)  = Bm7
F# (counterbass of D)    + Amajor                   = F#m7
C# (counterbass of A)    + Emajor                   = C#m7

Suggested fingering is ring (4th) finger on counterbass, index (2nd) finger on major chord.

Usually these sound OK in place of the "missing" Bminor etc chords. Sometimes the B, F#, C# bass notes from the counterbass row (column?) are suitable substitutes for Bm, B7, etc.
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