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How to Operate Accordion Bellows

Learn how to operate the accordion bellows from musician / Broadway actress Katrina Yaukey in this Howcast video.

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Let's talk about the bellows on the accordion. The most important part of the accordion in my opinion.

This is what breathes life into the entire instrument. I'm using the air valve over here to open and close right now as I show you the bellows.

Now, what's really cool is that as you push and pull the instrument depending on how much you push or pull you change the volume and the emotion of the sound coming from the instrument.

So, for example. A very small bellow pull versus one with much more vigor. And what's lovely is you can change that as you're playing depending on how much you push or pull the instrument.

Another really fun thing to do is called a bellows shake. Sometimes this is used to add a rhythmical pulse underneath playing. And again that's called a bellows shake.

The most expressive part of the instrument all right here depending on how you push or pull.

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