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Button Accordion : What is it?

Button Accordions

A button accordion is a type of accordion made with a series of button keys instead of piano-style keys.  Like any accordion, it is played by expanding and compressing a bellows to generate airflow across the keyboard controls or reeds. It comes in different tuning systems, actions, and constructions. 

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Types of Button Accordions

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Kinds of Button Accordions include the following:

Diatonic button accordion

  • The diatonic button accordion is made with a melody-sized keyboard limited to a small number of keys with notes limited to the diatonic scale.
  • It has a bass side containing the principal chords and root notes.
  • It is usually bisonoric, which means that each button can produce two notes--one note when the bellows is compressed and another when it is expanded.

Chromatic button accordion

  • The chromatic button accordion is made with a melody-sized keyboard with uniform rows of buttons arranged in a way that the pitch increases chromatically across diagonals.
  • It has a bass side keyboard that uses the Stradella system or a converter system.

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Choosing Button Accordions (Buying tips)

Type:  Choose a chromatic button accordion for playing classical music because it produces a greater range of sound than a piano keyboard configuration.  Choose a diatonic button accordion for playing folk music.  

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