The aim of this book is to get students off to the best possible start on the D/G melodeon (accordion), by presenting information that might otherwise take years to accumulate. This book is written for the two-row D/G button accordion with eight bass buttons. It contains lots of useful information about the different types of button accordions, music reading basics, and many tunes for practice. There is a concentration on playing the bass in time. While not focusing on any style in particular, this book aims to give students a good grounding, helping them to easily move on to whatever music genre they choose. The lessons are based on traditional playing styles and tunes from Britain and Ireland.