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Questions tagged [accordion]

Questions about instruments in the Accordion family. Including Piano accordion, Chromatic button accordion, Diatonic button accordion (Melodeon), Bayan, and Cajun accordion.

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Can I leave an accordion for 1 night in a car while its freezing outside?

I'm taking my accordion on a road trip and I need to leave it in a car while I'm camping outside. Its going to be below freezing at night, 25F. Its a used vintage accordion that did not cost me much ...
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Is it possible to make a single free reed that plays on both air directions?

If you open an accordion, you will find that for every button there are two reeds, one which plays when in the pull direction of the bellows and one in the push. Sometimes these reeds are tuned to ...
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how do I improve my muscle memory for accordion

I have been playing accordion for 8-9 months and one of the difficulties I am currently encountering is playing the bass/buttons as because I can't see them at all unless using a mirror (even then the ...
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How are Accordion Bass Buttons Arranged?

I am planning to learn accordion and I am very much a beginner to the music world. I am wondering how accordion bass buttons are arranged. Is it possible to generate all different sets of chords using ...
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Difficulties with Stradella Bass System on Accordion

I have this piano accordion, a small accordion, 3 registers, 80 basses. However, I'm not able to get any technical help from anyone experienced or to go to musical school, so I'm trying to learn it by ...
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What's the best exercise to master 2-5-1 or cycle of 5ths on a chromatic accordion (B-system)

When I started learning jazz on the piano, I was shown a very good exercice to learn voicings in all scales. It started Am7-D7-G7M-C7M-F#dim-B7-Em7-Bb, then it went on the same from Bbm7-Eb7-... It ...
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Chromatic accordion: B or C system?

I've just started playing accordion 2 months ago, made good progress on a bayan (B-system). I am a professional pianist, and the reason I chose a button accordion is for the challenge, but also ...
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Choosing between accordion / bandoneon / concertina?

I got myself a 2nd hand Bayan for 200$, made good progress quite quickly (I am a professional pianist), but I am middle aged, and find the instrument a bit heavy to carry / operate (and yet it's a ...
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Would piano or accordion be easier for me as a guitarist?

I want to learn a new instrument and I feel like piano or accordion will really help me with my music theory. The thing is, all of the other instruments I play are "strumming" instruments like guitar ...
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What chords can be played on an accordion?

I've looked into how an accordion works and I want to play one in the music school. A piano accordion with 6 rows of buttons on the left hand, to be precise. Now, I've been brainstorming about ...
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Diminished chord buttons on an accordion

I'm fairly new to the accordion and have played piano in the past. I mostly play by ear and just trying things out. I have a 120 bass piano accordion. When I play the chord buttons, I don't use the ...
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Chromatic accordion: how can the left hand slide down while pushing?

My accordion method specifies that pushing should be done against the right inner thigh. Hence, this is a upper left to lower right movement, from the accordionist point of view. I cannot see how ...
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Numbers above notes

I have a number of pieces of handwritten music that have anywhere from 2 to 4 numbers written above each note. What do the numbers mean? I play accordion and I have acquired numerous pieces of ...
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How to learn the piano, if I can already play the piano accordion?

I can already play the piano accordion quite well (I had lessons for many years) and now I would like to learn playing the piano. My right hand is - I assume - quite well prepared, however there are ...
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How to mic and amplify an accordion for live performance?

Derived from this question that ended up not being about accordion amplification. Which options do I have to mic and amplify accordions for live performance? Are dynamic mics on a stand recommendable?...
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If Irish button accordions are typically B/C how and why are they often played in D or G?

On choosing a two-row button accordion... B/C is the usual choice for Irish music (players use both rows in order to play mainly in D or G, but the instrument is almost chromatic). Is this right? ...
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At the research of some folklore russian accordion tunes

The other day I was watching a video documentary about the discovering of frozen mammoths in the Siberian tundra. At some moment there was a tune in I really enjoyed. It was mainly accordion, rather ...
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Is there a common left hand position in accordion?

I'm an amateur accordion player who is having difficulties with the bass side. There's no problem when I'm using close keys such as jumping from C to A. But when I need to jump to a further key such ...
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A good source to learn the theory of chords in an accordion

I have been learning to play accordion for a few months and I can play 15-20 songs with their chords now. I know the physics behind the musical notes (such as I can understand what one implies by ...
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What's the best way to start learning Accordion on a budget?

Obviously, a good way to learn would be to buy an Accordion, some books, watch a few videos on youtube and just spend a few years with some hard practice. However I'm not naturally musically talented, ...