There are a few cliches that spring to mind when you think of the accordion. A busker on a street corner in Paris perhaps? Or maybe a group of farmers around a campfire in rural Germany? It is true that the instrument is mostly used in folk music in Europe and the Americas. But this unique and fun instrument has a lot to offer and it can be very versatile. Accordion's come in a variety of shapes and sizes but all are made up of two wooden boxes joined together by compressible bellows. In simple terms, the bellows control the sound and the keys on the piano keyboard determine the pitch of the sound. Traditional accordions were limited by range but modern accordions have more octaves and often appear in classical music.
The first accordion is thought to have been invented in Berlin in the early 19th century. The instrument became very popular after the second world war when it was used in European folk music and was often played at community gatherings. The accordion is widely used across the world due to its spread through various waves of European migrants in the 20th century.
Today the accordion can be heard in a variety of musical genres including pop, rock and classical music. An accordion is also sometimes referred to as a squeezebox. A traditional accordionist must learn to push and pull the bellows in a consistent manner whilst pressing the right keys. It requires a certain amount of dexterity, perserverence and lots of practice!
Learn to play the accordion in less than one minute, anywhere, anytime. You can use your computer, tablet or even mobile device.
Anyone can experience the accordion through Virtual Piano. You don’t need to be able to read music or to have played the accordion before. Virtual Piano music sheets contain letters that correspond to the keys from a QWERTY keyboard. So it’s quick and simple to pick up. You can enjoy playing the accordion instantly - anywhere, anytime.