Accordion FAQs

Frequently asked questions about accordions

Your Questions Answered

If you are considering buying an accordion you’ve probably got lots of questions. Which one is best for me? Should I buy a piano or a button accordion? Are digital accordions good?

Well, you are in the right place. You will find all the answers below. Have a question that is not listed? Send us a question via our contact us page or post it in the comments and we will do our best to find an answer and add it to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Is it difficult to learn how to play the accordion?

The accordion is not hard to learn. Regardless of your age and musical training, with a bit of coaching and practice, you will be playing your first pieces in no time. For more info on accordion lessons visit our post. If you have any additional questions, send us a message or leave a comment.

Who invented the accordion?

We love that question. Although the modern version of the accordion that is played today is a relatively young musical instrument that got patented in 1829 by Cyril Demian. So, just a bit less than 200 years ago. Some musicologists however believe that the accordion has its roots in an ancient Chinese free reed instrument. You can read the full article here.

Which accordion brand is best for beginners?

While the brand name is not that important when you are just starting out, some accordion brands are more popular than others. Depending on the music genre and a few more factors, selecting your first accordion could be a challenging process. For an in-depth guide on this subject, please read this article.

How do I find the accordion instructor?

Finding the best accordion tutor or instructor in your area today is not difficult at all. With a few clicks on your phone or laptop, you can get the best accordion lessons either virtually or in person. For an in-depth guide on the best accordion teachers, tutors, and virtual accordion lessons, please visit this post.

Button vs Piano accordion, which one is easier to learn?

Seasoned accordionists and instructors love this question. There is really no clear-cut answer to the question. Both styles of the accordion are equally easy or difficult to grasp. Since we often get asked this question we have dedicated an entire article to it and you can read it in its entirety here.

What is a Quarter Tone Accordion?

A quarter tone accordion is a scientific nomenclature for the accordion that has been tuned to play Arabic melodies. Arabic tuned accordions are becoming very popular globally and we’ve answered some frequent questions about them in this article. Please let us know in the comments section or via email if we can assist you with finding the right accordion for you.

What is the best accordion for Mexican folk music?

Mexican folk music heavily relies on accordions. Popular music genres like Norteño,Conjunto,Tejano, Vallenato, all utilize a diatonic accordion. Some of the most popular accordions Mexican accordionists use are made by Hohner, Rossetti, and even Roland electronic accordions. We go more in-depth on this subject in this article.

Best You Tube channel to learn the accordion

There are numerous YouTube channels devoted to accordion music. We have our own channel where we created playlists from virtually every genre of accordion music for your ease of access and enjoyment. Please visit our YouTube channel here, check the playlists and subscribe.

What country is the accordion most popular in?

Out of all countries where accordions left an impact on folk and other music genres, Bosnia and Herzegovina is one country where the accordion became a national folk instrument. The famous Bosnian accordion genre of folk music known as Sevdah is popular across Europe and worldwide. Contemporary folk songs utilize the accordion heavily and it is often the chief instrument in Bosnian and Balkan songs. For more info, read our post on Balkan Accordion Music.

What is Musette?

Although a Musette is a name of a small bag pipe instrument native to France, it is also a style of a sound that is created by intentionally tuning two or more reed blocks, typically the middle ones, slightly out of alignment. This intentional variation produces the distinctive warbling or musette sound. The degree of musette can vary depending on the specific number of cents the reed blocks are tuned away from each other. Musette accordion sound is very popular and native to France. You can read more about its mesmerizing sounds here.

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