Tim doyle plays a reedless diatonic button accordion.
A “button accordion” is simply one that has buttons on the treble (melodic) side … right hand … as opposed to piano keys.
There are different configurations, tuning, construction and playing actions depending on which type is played, but the most popular are the chromatic and diatonic button accordions.
On the chromatic each button produces one note regardless of the bellow direction (pressed/pushed – closed, or drawn/pulled – opened) … unisonoric.
There can be 3-5 rows with the buttons arranged chromatically, and, unlike a diatonic accordion, the rows are not restricted to one key.
On a 5-row box, rows 4 and 5 are identical to rows 1 and 2 in order to make fingering a little less demanding !
A chromatic accordion is configured as either a B-system or a C-system.
On the diatonic accordiion on the other hand, each button produces two notes … one for each bellow direction … bisonoric.
They usually have 1, 2 or 3 rows with each row tuned to one key producing notes on a single diatonic scale.
So, apart from the two main types of button accordion, should you have one !?
Do you want one !?
I’ll be the first to admit it … a button box looks cool !
And that can be enough to sway a younger person just starting out.
But, the part of the country you live in could be the deciding factor (part of the world as well come to think of it).
There is no question that button box tutors are thinner on the ground and then you find yourself having to consider travelling miles for lessons.
I think most people would tend to associate button accordion players with the West of Scotland and Ireland, but that’s a huge generalisation !
There are more 3 and 5-row players out there than you would think … all over the place !
In North and South America the piano accordion rules the roost.
In Russia and Asia there is no doubt that button players predominate … and, heaven forbid, the free bass accordions !!
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