Teaching Material


Beginners - £10.99

Beginners – £15

Intermediate - £10.99

Intermediate – £15

Two instructional DVDs: one for complete beginners; the other for intermediate students.

The Beginners DVD is actually a DVD-ROM, which can only be played in a computer, because it contains far more material than can be stored on a normal DVD, and features a choice of interactive multi-angle close up views, printable sheet music, and lots of extras. Covering both right and left hand playing, Sandy leads you from absolute basics through to fairly competent ability in nine entertaining and in-depth lessons, and five extra practice video tracks (both normal and slow versions), plus seven live practice tracks with backing band.

The Intermediate DVD, for those who are not complete beginners, is a regular DVD, which can be played in any DVD player (including a computer), and which covers the major styles used in Scottish traditional music: a march, jig, waltz, strathspey and two reels, in six entertaining lessons. Particular attention is paid to explaining Sandy’s innovative bass patterns on the left hand as well as how to perform impressive techniques on the right hand, such as Sandy’s rapid-fire triplets. An accompanying booklet with more information, photographs and sheet music of all the tunes is included with the DVD.

Sandy is currently working on a Teach Accordion book, for use in conjunction with the DVDs.

If you would like to discuss accordion lessons with Sandy please contact him on his mobile +44 (0) 7831 53 228 or make an enquiry at

Sandy has been the full-time Accordion Tutor at The National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music, Plockton for the past 20 years, as well as the Specialist External Examiner and a guest tutor at The Royal Conservatoire, Glasgow, and a guest lecturer at the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC), University of Edinburgh.

He has been a regular tutor for Fèisean nan Gaidheal for over 20 years, teaching at: Fèis Rois, Fèis Rois Oigridh, Fèis Dhun Eideann, Fèis an Earraich, Fèis am Ploc, Fèis Lochabair, Fèis o the Mids, Fèis Ghleann Albainn, Fèis Inbhir Narainn, Fèis Bharraigh.

Sandy has also taught for many organisations in the UK, including:

Orkney Traditional Music Project, Orkney Islands
The National MOD
Lews Castle College, Benbecula Campus (University of the Highlands & Islands)
University of Newcastle
Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Isle of Skye
Accordions at Witney
Folkworks, Durham
Edinburgh’s Youth Gaitherin’, Edinburgh
Scots Music Group, Edinburgh
Stevenson College, Edinburgh (now Edinburgh College),

and has run accordion workshops abroad in America, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Germany.