Everybody loves the sound of the accordion and is played in various countries through-out the world. If you are fond of this instrument and are looking to buy one, here is what you need to know about accordions.
As with most traditional music instruments, Accordions are also now available as digital instruments!
Digital Accordion is also known as a midi accordion, electronic accordion, or an electric accordion. It has the ability to be connected to an amplifier, as well has effects like reverb and flange to go with it.
Barcelona 30-Key Piano-Style Accordion with Case
Perfect piano accordion for the beginner student and the intermediate player.
Price Range: $280 to $320
30 piano-style treble keys, 32 bass buttons divided into four rows. Read more…
Hohner Student Piano Accordion 25 Keys
For the beginner student, these are affordable and designed for playability.
Price Range: $280 to $320
Treble: 25 keys, Bass: 12 buttons, Range: g-g, Two sets of treble reeds, Four sets of bass reeds. Read more…
Hohner 26-Key Piano Accordion
A Great music instrument for beginners, experienced players and for Travellers, from a respected brand.
Price Range: $500 to $600
26 keys, range b-c, two sets of reeds, three treble registers with one repeat. Read more…
Hohner Piano Accordion XL Gig Bag
A sturdy gig bag for your accordion with lots of pockets.
Price Range: $90 to $110
Foam padded, Side zippers, carrying handle with adjustable shoulder straps. Read more…
Easily hold any accordion comfortably with these straps that are easy on your shoulders.
Price Range: $40 to $50
Great for both diatonic and piano accordions. Read more…
Digital Accordion is gaining popularity among accordion players, due to the benefits of the digital accordion, where most of the functions are digitized which gives flexibility and easiness in playing the accordion.
Usually a digital accordion is able to play high quality midi sounds, which is also another reason of it being a favorite.
Although there are different variations of accordions, the more common ones are the piano accordion and the diatonic button accordion.
A piano accordion is an accordion which has piano like keys, similar to the one on a piano or organ but with fewer, smaller and lighter keys.
You also get another type of accordion called the diatonic button accordion. The difference here is that instead of piano-like keys, the diatonic has one or more vertical rows of buttons – that explains the name "button box".
Meanwhile, the diatonic accordion, also known as a melodeon looks more like a small version of a piano accordion, but it differs in the keys, where piano accordion has piano-like keys on it, while the diatonic accordion has rows of vertical buttons, which is the reason why the diatonic accordion is nicknamed as the “button box”. All of these buttons can be played in two different notes, depending on the bellows, whether it is closed or not.
So which one is better? Well, both have their positive aspects.
A piano accordion’s layout is simple and if you have played on the keyboards before, you will find it very easy to use.
The negatives of a piano accordion being that it has a smaller range, and requires more finger movement to play notes that are far apart.
Accordions nowadays are digital in nature. Some of the models from Roland will let you instantly switch between classic accordions and orchestral instruments. Besides, you will also find built-in chorus, reverb, rotary, and effects.
Best Accordions & Accessories
What to Look for?
When looking for a digital accordion, there are a few things to look for. First of all, it is important that you get an accordion based on the type of music that you play. Find out if your music is much more suitable for an electric accordion or a diatonic accordion with monotone, as well as the bass buttons, either a 12 bass up until 120 bass buttons.
You should also look for a lightweight digital accordion. If the digital accordion that you need is heavy, make sure it is fixable with extra supporting straps. If you don’t have any specific key in mind, you can opt for the “Sol” GCF key accordion.
There are plenty of options available in digital accordions; choose the one that best fits your requirement and your music.
Depending on the offer, you may get accessories such as straps, cleaning cloth and a learning method book. Gig bags are usually sold separately and are needed if you are a regular performer.
Learn to Play the Accordion
Playing the Accordion
Depending on the type of the accordion, the right hand will play either a piano keyboard or a chromatic (button) keyboard. You use these to play the treble notes.
The left hand is used to play the bass notes and preset chords. The left hand is also used to change switches, and to operate the air button.