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Music Instruments - the accordion

Updated on January 16, 2013

The accordion is only so good as the person playing it....

A mild summer night, perhaps in a restaurant, you can hear the sound of a soft accordion playing love songs. Some memories are triggered by sound some by smell and yet some by photos. I have them all when it comes to accordion music.

One thing that is so wonderful with an accordion is, that you can bring it. Use your own music instrument always and bring joy to people.

Some people say that accordion players are boring. It is said that an accordion player never smiles when he is playing. But I have met and seen players that can both smile, laugh, stamp the feet and sing along while they are playing. You have to give them credit for this!

Ransäter accordion festival each summer in Sweden

Canvas Print, Accordion Player - 24x36
Canvas Print, Accordion Player - 24x36

24 x 36 Canvas Print stretched over wood frame

 

How does an accordion look on the inside

An accordion is a musical instrument of the handheld bellows-driven free reed aerophone family, sometimes referred to as a squeezebox.

The accordion is played by compressing and expanding the bellows, while pressing buttons or keys to allow air to flow across reeds, thereby producing tones and chords.

Modern accordions consist of a body in two parts, each generally rectangular in shape, separated by a bellows. On each part of the body is a keyboard containing buttons, levers or piano-style keys. When pressed, the buttons travel in a direction perpendicular to the motion of the bellows (towards the performer). Most, but not all modern accordions also have buttons capable of producing entire chords.

Accordion music - makes you wanna dance - Anytime - anyhow

Five stars accordion CD

French music and others

About Ransäters Accordion Festival - Every summer in Sweden

There is no way I can describe Ransäter Accordion festival for you. You just have to go there and see this! Thousands of tents and trailers with different musicians and all kinds of instruments. They come from all over Europe and the Swedish summer night is smiling. If you do want to sleep - bring ear plugs...

Ransäters accordion festival - Once a year in Sweden

Accordion course

Palmer-Hughes Accordion Course, Bk 1
Palmer-Hughes Accordion Course, Bk 1

Learn to play accordion from the beginning

 

Button Accordion - In different colours

An instrument called accordion was first patented in 1829 by Cyrill Demian in Vienna. Demian's instrument bore little resemblance to modern instruments; it only had a left hand keyboard, with the right hand simply operating the bellows. One key feature for which Demian sought the patent was the sounding of an entire chord by depressing one key. His instrument also could sound two different chords with the same key: one for each bellows direction (press, draw); this is called a bisonoric action.

This Amazon accordion has the full, resonant sound you expect from Hohner and it features a celluloid-covered wood keyboard, double strap brackets, improved bellows straps, an adjustable bass strap, and a set of padded shoulder straps.

Music notes on Amazon - A little extra for a music lover

Amazing Grace, Bringing in the Sheaves, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, Kum Ba Yah, Nearer My God to Thee, Faith of Our Fathers & many more.

Waltz Amore, Here is My Heart, Ave Maria, Eternity, Memories, Santa Lucia, Voice in My Heart & many more!

Mel Bay Jazz Accordion Solos (Book/CD)
Mel Bay Jazz Accordion Solos (Book/CD)

The goal of this book is to bridge the gap between classical/traditional accordion solos and professional jazz-styled solos. The accompanying recording follows the music as written but with added rhythm, rubato, and slight improvisation.

 
Divine Hymns: For Accordion
Divine Hymns: For Accordion

This book represents the most cherished and beloved hymns of all time. Each piece has been arranged to allow most accordionists immediate gratification, however, the songs will sound very orchestral and rhythmic when necessary.

 

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Piano Accordion

Piano accordions usually range from 12 bass, 20 key up to 160 bass, 45 key, but there are smaller and larger designs also.

Reed Specifications can be : 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 treble reeds 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 bass reeds

The piano keyboard was first put on an accordion by Bouton of Paris in 1852. From that time until the early 1900's the piano accordion was not given much attention or development, but from 1910 onwards the piano accordion came into prominence almost worldwide.

With the development of the Stradella bass system (a standardisation of the bass button layout) the piano accordion became the first truly standardised universal accordion. This means that a piano accordionist can play any type or make of piano accordion without a change in system. This had not been possible before as there were so many different button accordions with different systems.

The Honor Bravo 48 Accordion is a rugged and musically versatile instrument that is an ideal beginners instrument.

Music notes for beginners and others - Evergreens and spanish

Alexander s Ragtime Band Baby Face The Entertainer Give My Regards to Broadway Sweet Adeline Take Me out to the Ballgame Danny Boy Mexican Hat Dance Havah Nagilah Away in a Manger America the Beautiful Star Spangled Banner Amazing Grace Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Beer Barrel Polka Clarinet Polka Little Brown Jug Greensleeves Oh Susanna Scarborough Fair Brahm s Lullaby Blue Danube Can Can Ode to Joy Waves of the Danube Wedding March & many, many more...

Adios Muchachos; Amapola; Amor; Beseme Mucho; Brazil; Maria Elena; Tico-Tico; Solamente; Una Vez; Perfidia; Cuando Calienta El Sol.

Mel Bay Songs of Mexico for Accordion
Mel Bay Songs of Mexico for Accordion

Nineteen favorite traditional Mexican songs arranged for piano accordion solo. No matter how long you've been playing, these tunes will be a delight to play. The author has included registration markings indicating low, middle, or high reeds. Intermediate in difficulty, these tunes are playable on any size accordion.

 
Santorella Publications 101 Popular Songs for Accordion
Santorella Publications 101 Popular Songs for Accordion

These standards have endured the test of time because of their accessibility and quality. Generations of musicians have enjoyed performing these popular favorites, and each selection was chosen carefully from a variety of categories. There s something for everyone here including: sing-a-longs, holiday, patriotic, inspirational, folk, classical, ragtime & jazz.

 
Santorella Publications Latin Favorites For Accordion
Santorella Publications Latin Favorites For Accordion

European, African and Indian influences have blended to create energetic rhythms and intriguing melodies that break away from their traditional origins, creating a sound that is distinctly Latin.

 

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      dahlia369 4 years ago

      To me, accordion is the happiest of all instruments so I was really happy to discover this lens today. Thank you!! :)

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      ggruden2 5 years ago

      Nice lenses!

      The accordion is a nice and good instrument!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      nice accordion lens Irene!, enjoyed the Julia Marcell performance

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      Accordion music has a special significance for me because of a special person. Nice lens!

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      GramaBarb 7 years ago from Vancouver

      when I was a teenager I played the accordion in a small accordion band. We even did a 15 minute radio show. Fun memory.