Bayan Button Accordion player Paul Chamberlain demonstrates the 5 row button accordion at the “Accordion Showcase” Oct 2015, Glasgow.
Why choose Button Accordion over Piano Accordion
If you are looking to learn the button accordion or 5 row there are advantages and disadvantages compared with the piano accordion. Diatonic button accordions or melodeons will be covered later.
- More compact size of accordion compared to piano versions.
- Fingering scales and chords is the same in any position against the piano accordion where the white and black notes makes all scales different.
- Bigger span of notes from your thumb to pinky typically more than 2 octaves (e.g. 26 semitones) compared to just over 1 octave(e.g. 16 semitones) on a piano keyboard.
- If looking to play classical music then this is seen as the best although there are many great piano classical players like Martynas Levickis and Ksenija Sidorova.
- Hard to find local teachers as there are predominantly more piano accordion players/teachers
- Availability of accordions in the second hand market will be less.
- Selling your button accordion will be harder.
- There are 2 systems to complicate things, “B” and “C” system, which will cause additional problems for sourcing accordions and teachers.
- If moving from piano accordion to button accordion conversion time could 6-9 months
With all this said there are many piano accordionists who love the look and compact size of these accordions and all the advantages listed above. Moving over is a big and expensive step, however, an investment in a good quality accordion will last for many many years.
FISMEN wooden accordion
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