There are piano and chromatic (button-style) accordions. I teach piano style.
When wearing the accordion, the keyboard-side, the treble side, is on your right. The treble side also has a set of switches on the grill which may trigger different octaves and sounds for the instrument.
The button-side, the bass side, is on your left. I teach accordions that utilize the Stradella Bass system. In this system, the first two columns moving from the bellows-side outwards are bass notes arranged in the cycle of 5. Row 1 is offset from tow 2 by a major third. Continuing outward in the direction of the hand-strap, the 3rd through 6th columns have preset chords — that correspond to the Major, Minor, Dominant 7th, and Diminished 7th chords of the bass note in the second column of the respective row. See in the diagram above how each row ergonomically slants at a diagonal.
On the bass side there are also switches for changing the octave and sound of these buttons too.
You control the accordion by slipping your hand into a strap on the exterior of the bass side. To release air without playing a note, you may also find an air release button, which also allows you to quickly close or open the bellows.
The accordion is held on your body with two Shoulder straps. Adjust so the treble keyboard is under your chin and your right arm locked in a right angle meets the keyboard comfortably. If you have a small accordion, standing may be a comfortable way to play and perform. For larger 24-30 lb accordions, you will want to sit.
When sitting, keep your back straight. Pick a good chair. I prefer a stool when performing, but a chair with a straight back for practicing.
If you are interested in beginner or intermediate accordion lessons, please write Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
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