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What's the Accordion Keyboard?

Learn about the accordion keyboard from musician / Broadway actress Katrina Yaukey in this Howcast video.

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Let's talk about piano accordions which is exactly what these are as you can see.

They're set up just like a piano for your right hand to play. They're set up chromatically just like the piano. They come in different sizes as well as you can see. Usually between 25 and 45 keys for the right hand.

There's also another size called ladies size which has much, much smaller, smaller keys. These are the normal sized ones right here.

But as you can see it does limit you depending on what sort of range you're looking for in terms of playing. However, if you have an instrument with various buttons or reeds as these are called you can switch octaves quite easily.

So, if I'm playing up high I can switch the reed to a lower reed and have another octave which is pretty cool.

Once again it's set up chromatically for your right hand going with the bass notes being the closest to your face. And the highest notes, of course, being away from your face.

There are many shapes and sizes for the accordion. And it's really important I think to kind of figure out what is going to be the most comfortable for you.

Whether it's a smaller accordion or a bigger accordion. It's important to pick them up and try to play them all.

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