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How To Play The Accordion

An accordion is one of the most interesting sounding musical instruments there is. It combines the sounds of the piano with a keyboard. Learning to play the accordion will take practice but can be a very fun and worthwhile hobby to undertake if you want to learn to play a musical instrument. If you have never played an accordion you should either find a teacher that can provide lessons on the basics or at least purchase a few books for beginners. Having the general idea of how the instrument works and is suppose to sound will help you be able to advance easier and more quickly.

Once you have your accordion you will have to learn to hold it correctly. To do this, stand behind the instrument so the keys are facing your right side. Put your arms into the straps supporting the accordion with your shoulders. Place your left hand underneath the strap on the left side of the instrument. Next you will need to undo the buckles that hold the accordion together so that movement will be allowed. Press down one of the keys and let the accordion come open while supporting it with your left hand. It is important to try to learn to play without bending over to see where your fingers are. Try playing the same note over and over until you get the feel of how the instrument is suppose to open and close to make the proper sounds.

The chord and bass notes are located underneath where your left hand rests. They are organized in rows. Try to locate the bass C button and hold it down. When you locate it and press it down you will notice that the accordion opens quite easily. When this happens, use your left hand to continue to play by pushing the accordion open and closed.

Hiring a teacher to give you lessons is a great way to learn how to play properly. Sometimes it is much quicker and easier to watch someone that is a professional play, as it allows you to see the correct finger placement and hear the sounds that can be made by playing the instrument the correct way. DVD's can also help if you can't afford to hire a teacher or would just rather learn on your own. If neither of these appeal to you you can always learn by trial and error. Practice until you can play at least one song without stopping. Continue to play that song over and over, then move on to a new tune.

Because the accordion is counted as a bellows instrument many sounds can be procured by it when it is played correctly. The bellows of an accordion is the part that opens and closes. It has been being played for many years and enjoyed by many that like music such as Polka.


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