The Accordion started out it's life as a portable bellows organ named the Handaoline which was improved upon in 1829 and called the akkordion, both instruments were developments of the mouth organ (harmonica) and worked on the principle of air being blown in and sucked out through the reeds by the bellows with notes obtained by pressing buttons. Various adaptions have since been made to the simple bellows system including a hexagonal concertina and substitution of a keyboard for the buttons on the right hand side of the instrument, hence the name piano accordion.
Popular in Folk, Irish, Cajun, R & B and Zydeco music, the Accordion has appeared on many well known recordings including Shakin' Stevens 'Julie', Dusty Springfield's 'How Can I Be Sure' and The Band's 'Rocking Chair'. The Melodian is a form of Diatonic Accordian.
The Harmonium belongs to the accordion family and is powered by the fanning of air through a concertina fan.
The air is blown out by bellows through separate reeds, which are thin plates of metal tuned to each individual note. Every note has its own reed inside the box of the harmonium.
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- Accordion Adventures with the River City Brass Band
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- Accordian Newsnet UK
- Accordionist - The Accordion Community
- Accordions and Keyboards.com
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- BUBL Wind instruments
Annotated index to accordion, concertina and other free reed instruments information.
- Celtic Musician
Accordion and Other Free Instruments in Irish and Scottish Music.
- Henry Doktorski, Concert Accordionist - Books & Articles
The Classical Squeezebox The History of the Accordion (and other free-reed instruments) in Classical Music ...
- Hobgoblin Music Folk & Celtic Traditional Musical Instruments
Providing hard to find folk and celtic instruments for over 20 years, including a variety of free-reed instruments including Accordions, Concertinas, Melodeons, Button Accordeons, Harmonicas Celtic Instruments. ... plus Instrument Advice
- Leyland Accordian Club, Lancashire UK
Site has noticeboard, discussion forum, radio station, accordion shop, archived newsletters, audio streams, video and other useful information for the UK accordion scene.
- Melodian.netIncludes melodian chord charts, keyboard layout and discussion forums.
- Open Directory
Squeezebox Clubs Links
- Reed Organ & Harmonium Workshop
based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK
- Sibelius Academy: Musical Instruments
Index to selected resources related to a wide variety of musical instruments, including the accordion, banjo, harmonium, jazz instruments, reed organs and voice.
- rec.music.makers.squeezebox newsgroup
Great irreverent page from The Flying Patsy, accordian player and Minister for Tubas of the Monster Raving Looney Party.
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