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Main article: Accordion
Diatonic button accordion (German make, early 20th century).

A button accordion is a type of accordion on which the melody-side keyboard consists of a series of buttons rather than piano-style keys. The first button accordion is credited to Franz Walther in 1850.[1]

Types of Button Accordions[edit]

A wide variation in keyboard systems, tuning, action and construction of these instruments exists. The two main examples of this are the chromatic button accordion and the diatonic button accordion. The single row button accordion, also known as the Cajun accordion to scholars, is another version of the button accordion.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Accordion". Grove Music Online. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 

Sexton, Rocky L. (January 1, 2001) [1st. Pub. 2000]. "Chapter 14: Zydeco Music and Race Relations in French Louisiana". In Kivisto, Peter & Rundblad, Georganne. Multiculturalism in the United States: Current Issues, Contemporary Voices. SAGE Publications. p. 176. ISBN 978-1-452-25174-5. .

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Wicked Local Wellfleet
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:11:38 -0700

You're known as 'The Master of the Five-Row Button Accordion.' Can you describe the instrument? It's a chromatic accordion, which means the buttons go up diagonally in semi-tones. It's an Italian/French type accordion. My father brought home a melodeon ...
Impartial Reporter
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:03:45 -0700

Michael is the fourth local man to become Ireland's Senior Button Accordion Champion since the fleadh's inception in 1951. The three previous winners from Northern Ireland were all Fermanagh men (Kevin Loughlin in 1964, Darren Breslin in 2008 and ...
Times Herald-Record
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:00:00 -0700

The Parting Glass (Al Gessner on button accordion, guitarist Kevin McComb, and percussionist Patti Gessner) closed the showcase with a rousing medley of Irish folk music. Attorney and activist Michael Sussman, founder and benefactor of Empowering Port ...
The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com (blog)
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:52:30 -0700

10 to be there. Among the performers were the Frank Stanger Orchestra (2013 Polka Hall of Fame Band of the Year), Kathy Hlad (2013 Button Accordionist) and the Fairport Jammers (2013 Button Accordion Group). It was the first year a food truck participated.

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Scotland Now
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:52:30 -0700

She's something of a melodeon player ( a type of button accordion) herself and a very sprightly 79 year old, who I hear has recently taken up bell ringing. But behind this successful man there is Dougie's wife, Jenny Maclean, accomplished artist in her ...
York News-Times
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:05:56 -0700

Or, you can learn how to play a Button Accordion in this four-week class beginning on Monday evening, Oct. 20. (Again reading music is not a pre-requisite!) If you have your own button accordion, bring it, otherwise one can be provided for you. Tuition ...
Press & Sun-Bulletin
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:33:45 -0700

Praised for their engaging stage presence, well-crafted songs and sweet harmony singing, the Boston duo offers a well-traveled musical repertoire. Shannon plays Irish flute and button accordion; Matt crafts a musical foundation on guitar and bouzouki.
Columbus Telegram
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:41:15 -0700

Many of his happiest moments were playing with fellow button accordion musicians around the area. He is survived by two children, Margie (Steve) Heinemeyer of Omaha and Rodney (Teri) Dostal of Dodge; three grandchildren, Susan (Randy) Muhsman of ...

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