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Gordon Kohl

 

Gordon Kohl

Gordon Kohl’s accordion passion began at age 7. As a teenager, he was already teaching. By age 20, he started his own accordion, piano and organ school while he earned a degree in marine biology.

His playing credentials would fill an entire page. He has made TV commercials, video tracks for projects such as the AIDS Foundation, and radio and TV shows, including work with Shirley Jones, Andy Griffith, and the KPBS Radio Ethnic Hour. He maintains a busy schedule performing around San Diego and at Oktoberfests in the mountains. He has developed a special expertise on the digital accordion, and he conducts acoustic and electronic workshops.

What Gordon really enjoys is teaching. The contact with his students helps him stay in tune with changing trends in music education. Folks relatively new to the accordion these days, he says, want to study a variety of musical styles. Gordon states, “Teaching requires the teacher to learn along with the students, exploring ideas of what the accordion left hand can do to add harmony and rhythm to today’s musical dance styles, challenging both the student and the teacher.”

Gordon has a variety of original accordion publications. Several books of music written by Gordon and CD’s of his music reflect his diverse interests. The books include Austrian (Alpine) Selections, Accordion Artistry, which covers beginning harmony, scales and improvisation, and Original Solos, which includes a variety of music.

He also has available learning tapes and teaching materials, some of which he uses in workshops. Gordon is a competent, skilled, dedicated, “multi-cultural” accordionist. Gordon teaches each morning and will be featured during lunch on Wednesday.

Performing: Wednesday Lunch and Dance music before Wednesday Evening Concert

Classes

Selecting the Correct Repertoire
It is important to select the appropriate repertoire for your engagements. Gordon will share his years of experience in how to satisfy your audiences.
  Tuesday 9:00 – 9:50 Room A  
The Stradella Accordion Left Hand – Unlocking the Secret Harmonies
The chord magic in its design. How to find those specialty chords – 6ths, other 7th chords and 9th chords will be shown and discussed.
  Tuesday 2:10 – 3:00 Room A  
  Wednesday 9:00 – 9:50 Room A  
Voicing – Acoustic and Electronic
A study of various sounds and voicing. How to select correct ranges and octaves so the reeds and the electronic voices complement each other as well as your musical passages.
  Thursday 9:00 – 9:50 Room A  

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The 20th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

October 14 - October 17, 2019

 


Key Benefits of Attending the Convention

  • Join the fun and make new friends from all over the World.
  • See the latest in new accordions with factory exhibits.
  • Hotel accommodations are very inexpensive.
  • Be inspired by some of the finest.
  • Learn from the masters.

• USA: 1-800-472-1695 •

• Outside USA +01 801-486-1695 •