Re: [Harp-L] Accordions and Harmonicas

I take it you mean diatonic button accordions, not the chromatic ones.

Each row on a diatonic accordion is tuned like a 10-hole diatonic harmonica - though sometimes it's Holes 2-11 or 3-12 of a 12-hole diatonic.

With two rows a semitone apart, you can get a chromatic scale.

With two or more rows in related keys (such as C-F, or A-D-G) you can ge the same notes on different rows as both push (blow) or pull (draw) notes and get harmony combinations not avaialble on a harmonica.

You can also enable different reed combinations for octave, tremolo, or single-reed sounds.

And then there are the bass notes and chord on the left hand side.

For me the accordion scratches itches that my free-reed lust didn't even know it had.

Winslow Yerxa
Author, Harmonica For Dummies, ISBN 978-0-470-33729-5
            Harmonica Basics For Dummies, ASIN B005KIYPFS
            Blues Harmonica For Dummies, ISBN 978-1-1182-5269-7
Resident Harmonica Expert,
Instructor, Jazzschool for Music Study and Performance

 From: Tony Eyers <tony@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 3:21 PM
Subject: [Harp-L] Accordions and Harmonicas
About two years ago I starting playing button accordion. My progress has been steady, from unlistenable at first to barely tolerable now. The button accordion has much in common with the 10 hole harmonica, the accordion repertoire is rich ground for harmonica tunes.

For those interested, details of my accordion journey and the similarities/differences with the harmonica are at

Tony Eyers
Everyone plays....

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