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THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF A PIANO ACCORDION
By Gerry Jones of Liverpool Country Dance Band
Most people understand the right-hand side of a piano-accordion. The black and white notes are much the same as a piano, organ, or electronic keyboard.
All those buttons on the left-hand (or BASS) side
are a mystery to most people, and they cannot
imagine how players know where to put their fingers.
Here are a couple of points to get you started.
Popular numbers are 96-bass, 72-bass and 48-bass.
Anything smaller than that is nice and light, but
very limited. OK for a child, or to start with, but
you would soon outgrow it, and get fed up with how
little you can do with it.
You start by finding MIDDLE C, just like in your piano–lessons. This is half-way along, in the middle of the SECOND Row -almost the furthest row from your wrist. You can only tell it by FEEL – there is something different about it. In most cases, all the other buttons have smooth rounded tops; this one in “dished-in” or concave.
Once you have Middle C, you can find your way to
the other Letters. “Father
Charles” will help you.
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