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Out Of The Closets And On To The Porch
June 6, 2003

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Which leads to Surprise # 3. There had been a lot of joking about accordions going in to the Accordion Blast …and even during it. (The Emcee, who said he was speaking on behalf of Oriental’s Police Dept, advised spectators to make sure their cars were locked in case someone tried to deposit an accordion inside.) That said, a lot of really sweet music sailed off the porch and across Hodges Street. From a distance it sounded as though a small carnival had arrived in town, the town being in Eastern Europe or Louisiana depending on who was playing.

Cajun and zydeco fans were treated throughout the hour as Brian Blake, with his wife Barbara accompanying him on guitar and washboard, cranked out old Louisiana dance tunes and original songs. (No easy task considering that to play scales on a Cajun accordion, you have to pull in for one note, and then out for the next. It’s what gives Cajun music that odd rhythm, Bryan says.) Bryan and Barbara are half of the Carteret County group, Unknown Tongues and several were asking about them playing in Oriental again.

Mary Duffie & Norm Czuchra

Norm Czuchra, who put himself through college in Chicago by playing weddings, Elks parties and bar gigs, played a number of songs and a polka medley that included the Chicken Dance. That got a lot of people dancing and putting their thumbs under their armpits and flapping their exposed fingers.

Norm also took requests. Roll out the Barrel sent Chris Mele and Michele Bessette rolling down the ramp of the Bean at a feverish polka pace.

And from across Hodges Street, soon to be newlyweds Tim Rogers and Janet Alexander requested “You Are My Sunshine”. A lot of people sang.

Janet Alexander and Tim Rogers practice the dance steps for their June 14th wedding. Rumours were flying that they'd registered for the complete set of Lawrence Welk CD's.

>>> the story continues on Page 3

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The Chicken Dance - Social Dance 

The Chicken Dance

Who hasn’t heard of the Chicken Dance? The fun tune and the relative simplicity of the dance moves make it a dance that is easy to not only learn but partake in. Everyone looks equally silly when doing the Chicken Dance, diminishing any sort of embarrassment or performance anxiety. As people flutter their wings and shake their tail feathers, group cohesion is created. The silly and sometimes ridiculous movements are what make the dance all the more exciting. No one has to worry about appearance. The dance is all about having fun with the people you are with and being worry-free. There are no rules and no lessons need to be taken to master this dance. It is all of these characteristics which make the Chicken Dance so appealing to the masses. It is for everyone. It is not defined by upper or lower classes nor is it restricted to one generation. Most importantly, it provides people with the opportunity to socialize and really ‘let loose’.


Children participate in the Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest.

Although almost everyone has heard of the Chicken Dance, few people are actually aware of the history behind this popular social dance. Werner Thomas, a Swiss accordion player, composed the tune in the 1950’s. Mr. Thomas began performing “Der Ententanz” or the “Duck Dance” at his restaurant in 1963. People were immediately drawn to the tune and added their own movements to the music, gradually developing the popular tail, wing, and beak motions. The craze spread to Europe when a Belgian music publisher overheard the tune in Mr. Thomas’ restaurant and translated it to his native Dutch language. As the Chicken Dance spread throughout Europe it underwent several name changes some of which included, “"Vogerltanz" (Little Bird Dance or Birdie Dance) and "Kükentanz" (Küken means chicken).

The United States did not become exposed to the Chicken Dance until around the early 1980’s. New York publisher Stanley Mills obtained the U.S. publishing rights and began to relentlessly search for an album to include the tune. He changed the name to “Dance Little Bird” in an attempt to commercialize it and added his own set of lyrics: “Hey, you're in the swing/You're cluckin' like a bird (pluck, pluck, pluck, pluck)/You're flappin' your wings/Don't you feel absurd. " The lyrics did not receive the same popular response as the tune, but Mills was able to place the song on several recordings including “Hooked on Polkas!”, a 1982 album by Jimmy Sturr. Pretty soon the “Chicken Dance”, a name which evolved out of its recognition of the dance moves, was being played at Oktoberfests, weddings, and other events. The dance grew exceptionally popular and record labels began asking Mills permission to use the song in record labels. The tune became increasingly popular in commercials as companies showed interest in using the tune to increase appeal for their product. One such commercial was Burger King. The Chicken Dance brought in an income of $7,000 for television commercials in 1995, a number which came to reach and exceed $50,000 in following years. Walt Disney made sure to get a piece of the craze, developing their own version in which Minnie Mouse demonstrated the dance in an effort to teach the moves to younger kids.

Originally the Chicken Dance was associated with German heritage. Today it is not strictly defined to one ethnic heritage and is a staple at weddings and Oktoberfests. Some bands will even encourage those at the festival to participate in the dance every hour. The dance moves are basically the same, although some minor variations do exist. Once all of the steps are completed, the same cycle is simply repeated again. Dance Steps:

- Begin in a circle with everybody facing one another.
- When the music starts, shape your hands like the beak of a chicken and open and close them for four counts.
- Make your arms like the wings of a chicken and act like you are trying to fly for four counts.
- Place your arms and hands like the tail feathers of a chicken and wiggle down for four counts.
- Clap four times.
- Repeat this process four times.
- After the fourth time you grab your neighbors' hands and move in a circle.
- Switch directions on the band leader's command.
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            I choose to take a deeper look at the origins of the Chicken Dance because it was something that had always intrigued me. Although I am not much of a dancer and have never taken any sort of instruction in dance, I am very well aware of the Chicken Dance and know how to do it. The simplicity was actually one of the things that attracted me most to the dance. I was curious as to how it came about and its purpose. I have been to many weddings where this song has been played and have even danced the Chicken Dance at a couple of birthday parties, especially when I was younger. One thing I find most intriguing about the Chicken Dance is the fact that there is no age barrier. My parents are just as familiar with the dance as I am, something that is not common of most dances.

            When I watch or partake in the Chicken Dance I am overcome with this feeling of happiness. It’s as if when doing this silly little dance, all of my worries are stripped away, at least momentarily. I am not worried about making a fool of myself, as everyone else looks just as obscure. The tune is very lighthearted and uplifting. Quite frankly, when I hear or watch the Chicken Dance I feel drawn to it and want to jump out of my chair and partake in it.

            My personal experience with the Chicken Dance allows me to see a little glimpse of the creator. I think that Mr. Thomas wanted to create a fun and lighthearted song in which everyone could engage in and enjoy. The tune reflects a sort of optimism the creator possessed. I think Mr. Thomas’ intent was to bring a group of people together. His tune reflects simplicity, allowing any individual to participate in the dance. Mr. Thomas’ composition of this catchy tune resulted in an irresistible phenomenon, as apparent by the continuous popularity of the Chicken Dance today.


School of playing the accordion Naumov Londonov study guide Sheet music for music school


The accordion is a musical instrument that has firmly entered the cultural life of peoples many countries of the world. It has become a real modern folk instrument. Like any other folk instrument, the accordion has its own specific features: it is suitable mainly for mass folk, pop and dance music. This amateur art tool is especially needed for solo, ensemble performance and for accompaniment to singers, choir or musical instruments.
There is a significant musical literature created especially for this instrument and covering various genres of pop, dance and folk music. These compositions sound great on the accordion and have kind of coloration. Folk songs and dances sound great on the accordion.

Despite the considerable amount of literature that sounds great on the accordion, noticeable desire to perform on the accordion pse pieces, including those written by for other instruments. Skillful arrangement can convey without significant distortion of a song created for another instrument. This also applies to pieces of the classical repertoire and, to an even greater extent, to pieces of modern composers.
Transpositions must be made very carefully, and only if major deviations from the original can be avoided. Such arrangements may take place for certain educational purposes, including familiarization with the works of some composers.
This "School" is designed for systematic music lessons.
The basic principle of ss construction is a gradual transition from simple to more complex. "School" can be a manual for a student, a methodological guide for educators and curious parents who will follow the work students at home and can also serve as a tutorial for adults. Considering the possibility of independent passage of the material, "School" is divided into sections. Determination of the number of training hours required to study one section, is presented to the teacher or student when self-learning. Particular attention should be paid to methodological notes, which are given in a very brief way.
The teacher can creatively supplement theoretical information depending on on the individual characteristics of the student.

When teaching, it is important to always keep in mind the main goal of pedagogical work: creative, conscious attitude to all learned works. The student must unquestioningly and diligently follow all the instructions of the teacher. Great success can also be achieved through independent active work. over all the elements of mastering the instrument.
Despite the fact that all musical material is arranged in ascending difficulties, it is not necessary to study all the material in a row. depending from the interests and capabilities of the student, the teacher himself draws up the curriculum a program based on exercises, studies and plays included in the "School".

A significant place in the "School" is given to ensemble playing, which is in the process of learning occupies a large place. Ensemble playing develops a feeling collectivism in musical performance, the ability to combine dynamics their performance with a common sonority, the ability to play at a single common tempo.
The opening sections in the "School" are built mainly on the pieces of the song character. This is necessary for the fastest perception of all methodological instructions.
"School" sets the goal for the student to technically possible to fully master tool. To accomplish this task, plays and etudes are offered. more technically complex. In most cases, these are written specifically for the accordion.
In conclusion, the authors make a request to all who have become acquainted with this "School", send your feedback and wishes to the editorial office of the publishing house.

  • Initial guidelines
  • General view of accordion
  • Accordion playing position
  • Sound extraction
  • Fur Movement Exercise
    • Sound properties
      Sound duration (whole and half note)
      K- Czerny. Etude
      K-Map. Song
      Position of the right hand. Quarter notes.
      M. Starokadomsky. Song
      A. Raichev. Piece
      M. Jordan. Blue sled
      Tact and time signatures
      Bulgarian folk song
      On ice. Children's song
      B. Mozart. French folk song.
      Russian folk song
      And Poland has a joke. Belarusian folk song.
      A dove flew, a gray dove flew. Russian folk song.
      Hungarian folk song
      C. Cui. Spring Morning
      Kitty. Children's song
      B. Good. Freak
      About melodic line
    • Bass clef
      Bass sounds
      Left Keyboard Chord Chart
    • Exercises
      G. Bereis. Etude.
      K- Czerny. Etude
      Bee. German folk song
      On ice. Children's song
      Kitty. Children's song
      Like ours at the gate. Russian folk song
      Ukrainian folk song
      Legato, staccato and poi legato
      D. Kabalevsky. Song
      D. Kabalevsky. March
      K. Czerny. Etude
      Tempo and power of sound
      Got up early. Russian folk song
      And remember. Belarusian folk song.
      Sound power
      A. Filippenko. Festive
      Shepherd song. French folk song
      L. Gavrilov. Little Waltz
      Fingering technique. Gamma in C major.
      Introduction to slur and dotted note
      Steppe and steppe all around. Russian folk song.
      G. Naumov. Waltz
      Signs of rising and falling sounds
      P. Londonov. Little Poleka
      Eighth notes and rests
      Bulgarian folk song
      Oh, doo-doo. Children's song
      K- Czerny. Etude
      Over the river, over the pass. Russian traditional song
      Czech folk song
      Poppies, poppies, poppies. Russian folk song
      Gamma G major. Abbreviation of musical notation
      Ay-ya, zhu-zhu. Latvian folk song.... My strong point. Czech folk song.
      L. Gavrilov. Etude
      G. Naumov. Etude
      Mastering the technique of playing on the left keyboard. Auxiliary row
      S. Maykapar. Piece
      In the evening, a beautiful girl. Russian folk song Oh, nidy I'm up to mlina Ukrainian folk song Oh, for gay, gay. Ukrainian folk song Stubborn Lisa. Estonian folk song
      A. Rubbach. Waltz
      The cherry has ripened. Hungarian folk song
      A. Talakii. Etude
      D. Shostakovich. Rope dance from "Ballet Suite" K. Sorokin. Ukrainian folk song.
      Sixteenth notes and rests
      Russian folk song
      Russian dance song
      Czech folk dance
      And my dzyadzka dudshk byu. Belarusian folk song
      I'll go, I'll go for a walk in the green garden. Russian folk song. Treatment A. Talakina
      By berries. Czech folk song. ProcessingP. Londoiova
      Scale in D major
      J. Armand. Piece
      M. Kachurbina. A bear and a doll are dancing a field dance As if under an apple tree. Russian folk song.
      Double voice and chords in the right keyboard
      Bulgarian folk song. Arranged by G. Naumov On horseback. Bulgarian folk song.
      A. Gedicke. Song
      I. Brahms. Parsley
      M. Dvilyansky. Etude
      K- Czerny. Etude
      F major scale
      Exercise ...
      I. Strauss. Waltz from the operetta The Gypsy Baron (excerpt)
      Moravian folk dance
      Zatakt, Fermata. Dotted eighth note.
      Cow. Russian folk song
      I. Brahms. Lullaby
      L. Beethoven. Dance
      R. Schuman. First loss
      Ukrainian dance.
      B. Mozart. Children's play
      B. Rebikov. A boat sails on the sea
      Two chickens. Lithuanian folk song. Arranged by P. Londonov
      Gamma in la minor,
      Czech folk song
      G. Berens. Etude
      A. Salin. Etude
      Estonian folk dance
      M. Glinka. There is a wind at the gates
      B. Bartok. Folk song
      Scales in A major and E major
      F. Chopin. Prelude
      O. Agafonov. Winding etude
      D. Kabalevsky. Wars
      K- Czerny. Etude
      N. Rimsky-Korsakov. Fragment from the opera "May Night"
      F. Couperin. Country wedding
      A little girl. Ukrainian folk song Glorious Sea. Russian traditional song
      M. Glinka. Love you sweet rose
      Shepherdess. French folk song. Processing J-Wexrlen
      Firefly. Georgian folk song
      D. Shostakovich. Homeland hears
      P. Londonov. Etude
      Scale in B flat major
      A. Zhilin. Ecossaise
      L. Shitts. Etude
      German fishing folk dance
      P. Tchaikovsky. Excerpt from the ballet "Sleeping Beauty"
      Dupak. Czech folk dance
      M. Dvilyansky. Etude
      Gamma mi minor
      A. Baltin. Lullaby
      C. Pavia. Song
      G. Podelsky. Yaenka
      G. Naumov. Tarantella
      Further mastering the technique of playing on the left keyboard
      A. Gedike. Sarabande
      I. Bach. Chorale
      I. Bach. Burray
      A. Baltin. Polka
      I have it in my garden. Russian folk song. Arranged by P. Londonov
      A. Baltin. Humoresque
      E. Messrs. Canon
      P. Hindemith. March
    • A. Grechaninov. Lullaby
      K. Sorokin. Ukrainian song
      A. Grechaninov. Separated
      M. Glinka. Kamarinskaya (excerpt)
      I. Stravinsky. Gavotte
      Scales in D minor and G minor
      Bulgarian folk song
      K. Puni. Russian dance from the ballet The Little Humpbacked Horse
      M. Glinka. Polka
      Hungarian folk dance. Arranged by G. Naumov.
      S. Pavia. Etude
      Bulgarian folk song
      M. Glinka. “I’m not mourning about that, girlfriends.” Aria of Aitonida from the opera "Ivan Susanin
      Slovak folk song
      B. Mozart. Polonaise from sonatina
      P. Tchaikovsky. Nata-waltz (excerpt) ....
      G. Berlioz. March Rakoczy
      E-flat major and A-flat major scales
      W. Mozart. Children's play
      Cuckoo. Swiss folk song....
      D. Verdi. March from the opera "Aida"
      Reduced seventh chords
      P. Tchaikovsky. Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker (excerpt)
      B. Bartok. Waltz
      Scales in C minor and F minor
      G. Grechaninov. Extraordinary occurrence
      A. Flyarkovsky. Waltz
      O. Agafonov. Song
      Scales in B minor and F sharp minor
      A. Corelli. Adagio
      I was in the garden. Russian folk song. Arranged by P. Londonov
      Chromatic gamma
      M. Partskhaladze. Tarantella
      Complex and variable dimensions
      A. Salii. Etude
      Tyrolean tunes. Arranged by G. Naumov
      Oh yes you, Kalinushki. Arranged by P. Londonov
      M. Mussorgsky. Walk from the series "Pictures at an Exhibition"
      B. Bartok. Allegro ironico
      B. Mozart, Children's play
      L. Beethoven. german dance
      I am sitting on a rock. Russian folk song. Arranged by V. Nakapkin
      A. Khachaturian. Dance of pink girls from the ballet "Gayane"
      Technical difficulties and parties of the right and left hands.
      Double sharp. Double Flat
      E. Grieg. Lullaby
      A. Lyadov. Prelude
      I. Stravinsky. Allegro
      II. Myaskovsky. In a nap from the cycle "Six improvisations"
      In front of the mirror. Romanian folk song. Arranged by F. Bushuev
      A. Baltin. Waltz
      P. Londopov. Etude
      K. Sorokin. Light sonatina.
      R. Schuman. Children's sonata (I part)
      Major scales, chords and arpeggios table
      Table of minor scales, chords and arpeggios.
      The most common musical terms
      Table of letter names of bass sounds and chords
      Characteristic accompaniments to some dances.
      Left Accordion Keyboard
      Right Accordion Keyboard

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Reader for button accordion. Issue 1 (junior classes of music school)

Compiled by: Grechukhina R., Likhachev M.
St. Petersburg: Composer, 2007. - 40 p., region.

This collection is intended for children who begin mastering the button accordion or accordion. The collection includes many popular plays, children's and folk songs. Many songs are given with words, since singing greatly affects the understanding of music and the emotionality of performance. Light, melodic songs and plays are excellent material for any kind of music-making, as well as performing various creative tasks. Ensembles are not placed at the end of the collection, but immediately after the completed piece, which is considered more correct and convenient for children. 0003

The notation of the pieces uses a different system of writing the part of the left hand used earlier in our country. This system has become widespread throughout the world - it is more universal, easy to read, avoids confusion due to the difference in the chord set system in the finished keyboard of different instruments, and also develops students' skills in fluent reading of the harmonic series in pop-jazz literature.



Time signature 2/4, to the beat, major

At the cat. Russian folk song

Bobik. Music by T. Popatenko, lyrics by N. Naydenova

Cornflower. Children's song. Music by M. Antsev

Cornflower. (Ensemble)

Horse. Children's song

Like under a hill. Russian folk song

Like under a hill. (Ensemble)

Chickens. Music by A. Filippenko, lyrics by T. Volgina

Chickens. (Ensemble)

Ladushki. Russian folk amusement

Bunny. Russian folk song

Festive. Music by A. Filippenko

Size 2/4, to the beat, minor

Do not fly, nightingale. Russian folk song

Do not fly, nightingale. (Ensemble)

Whether in the garden, in the garden. Russian folk song

Whether in the garden, in the garden. (Ensemble)

Dear beetle, beetle. Ukrainian folk song

Dear beetle, beetle. (Ensemble)

A cat walks up the mountain. Ukrainian folk song

Will I go young. Russian folk song

Will I go, young one. (Ensemble)

Kitty. Music by V. Vitlin, lyrics by N. Naidenova

Spider and flies. Music by N. Metlov

Quail. Belarusian folk song

Quail. (Ensemble)

Size 3/4, to the beat, major

Ninna, Naina. Italian folk song

Ninna, Naina. (Ensemble)

Spring. German folk song

Little waltz. Music by V. Lushnikov

Little waltz. (Ensemble)

Cat. Children's song

Kangaroo. Australian Folk Song

Waltzing doll. Music by G. Boitsova

Mom on the 8th of March. Music by E. Tilicheeva, lyrics by M. Ivensen

Pieces from the beat

On a green meadow. Russian folk song

Cat. English folk song. Russian text by Y. Khazanova



Blue Sledge. Music by M. Jordansky

Little polka. Music by D. Kabalevsky

Oh, canopy. Russian folk song

I was going up the hill. Russian folk song

Kumanechek. Russian folk song

Bull. Music by S. Nikitin, lyrics by A. Barto

There, beyond the river. Russian folk song

There, beyond the river. (Ensemble)

Piece. Music by N. Chaikin

Evening song. Music by A. Tom, lyrics by K. Ushinsky

Evening song. (Ensemble)

Cuckoo. Swiss folk song

Cuckoo. (Ensemble)

Polyanka. Russian folk song

Polyanka. (Ensemble)

A bear and a doll are dancing polka. Music by M. Kochurbina, lyrics by N. Naydenova

A bear and a doll are dancing polka. (Ensemble)

Cheerful shoemaker. Polish folk song

Polish folk dance

Merry geese. Ukrainian folk song

Merry geese. (Ensemble)

What miracles! Music by A. Filippenko, lyrics by G. Boyko


Peddlers. Russian folk song

Peddlers. (Ensemble)

My mother told me. Russian folk song

There was a birch in the field. Russian folk song

There was a birch in the field. (Ensemble)

Oh, jigune, jigune. Ukrainian folk song

Oh, jigune, jigune. (Ensemble)

My head hurts. Russian folk song


Bird. Russian folk song

A quarter on the left - two eighths on the right

Petushok. Latvian folk song

Forest song. Music by V. Vitlin, lyrics by P. Kaganova

Song. Music by N. Chaikin

Little Christmas tree. Music by M. Krasev, lyrics by E. Alexandrova

Little Christmas tree.

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