Find your way around
Before playing a button game, play an accordion. Why? The most popular types of both instruments are diatonic, that is, they play different notes on in-stroke (exhalation or pressure) and the rash (inhale or pull), they are limited to a key or a set of closely related keys, and they play not naturally all notes on a musical scale. If you play the accordion, the musical navigation of a button-playing game will seem familiar. If you are considering buying a button game, buy an accordion first. Replay with it. When you do, the arrangement of tones and tones on a button play will make much more sense.
Slide your arms through the straps and place the accordion in your middle and upper chest so that the long row of buttons is below your right hand and the short rows of buttons are on the left.
Ignore the left buttons. They add bass and can be handled relatively easily when you find your way around on the right side.
Find the important buttons on the right side. The ‘Home’ button sounds the root of the tonic word. For example, if you play a C accordion, the home button will be a C. It’s usually ridged or jeweled or somehow marked so that you can find it by feeling. With the ‘breath’ button towards the top of the accordion, you can contract the bellows without making a sound. Although most accordions stop, some accordions have a ‘lock’ ‘button near the top that locks and unlocks the bellows. Of course, you can not play if the bellows can not move.
Sound the main chord for the accordion s The button confections are set on a key – often C or G – and are built around the large chords in that key. The tone icon sounds by squeezing your hands together and pressing the main line on the buttons on the right – the seventh sounds by pulling your hands together. So for a C accordion with a row, you pressed a new button in the same row if you pressed the indented (or backed or jeweled or somehow marked) button, which is C, and pressed your hands together you would play part of a C chord. If you pulled your hands apart, you would be playing part of a G chord – a G7 chord, technically. A two-step button play would have the tonic (C) and its seventh (G7) on one line and the fifth (F) and the seventh (C7) on the other. A three-line accordion adds the seventh (G) and its seventh (D7).
When you start playing the butt on the accordion, press the ‘breath’ button and contract the bellows. Slide your hands together and play the two-part chord by pressing adjacent buttons or skipping buttons between notes. Move along the tonic line, the longest line on the right side, add the appropriate chords by pulling your hands together before pressing your hands again.
If you lose air in the bellows before the end of the line, hit your ‘breath’ button and pull your hands together. In a chord change, either pull your hands apart to play a seventh or move to another line.
Experiment with simple notes. Because the instrument does not play all major notes in a linear fashion, it will be difficult to find each scale tone first. On single-line keyboards, they are simply not there – but arpeggios and appropriate tones are. And for many of the songs that sound best on the keyboard, you do not need all the scales, but you do need arpeggios and appropriate tones.
The more you listen to the songs, which were played with accordion – two steps, waltzes, polkas, reels and schottisches – the more you appreciate the effectiveness of a button player.
The button play is a staple of many musical genres – Cajun, Celtic, Northern European and Norteno. It has a rich and satisfying sound that can pass to people and country. It can take a lifetime to master, but by approaching the instrument logically – and removing concepts from a piano keyboard – you can only surprise yourself with how fast you pick it up and how well you sound.