Accordions (from 19th-century German Akkordion, from Akkord – “musical chord, concord of sounds) are a family of box-shaped musical instruments of the bellows driven free-reed aerophone type, colloquially referred to as a squeezebox. A person who plays the accordion is called an accordionist. The concertina and bandoneón are related; the harmonium and American reed organ are in the same family.
The accordion is an instrument that we probably don’t think too much about and we probably never think of it being used in rock-and-roll music. Here is a list of songs that feature the instrument, so give them a squeeze!
- Beyond Here Lies Nothing – Bob Dylan
- Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
- Bail You Out – Dave Edmunds
- We Can Work it Out – Paul McCartney
- Squeeze Box – The Who
- When I Paint my Masterpiece – The Band
- Melancolie – Various
- Gonna Take You There – Jim Cummings
- Accordion Joe – Duke Ellington
- Happy Accordion – James Last
- We’re an Accordion Band – We’re An Accordion Band
I always thought that this would be a fun instrument to play. The accordion like the one in the picture above look like they are heavy. I would like the challenge of this instrument. The musician has to hold it, one hand plays the keyboard, the other hand pushes the chord buttons and both hands squeeze the instrument in and out to create the sound.
In the following video, the teacher will give you a beginner’s lesson and explain the parts of the accordion.