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hohner_pantherAccordion music is experiencing a revival right now; many people are once again taking up the instrument. 

There are so many makes and models to pick from, it is hard to know what to do when choosing an accordion for a beginner.

Start by thinking about what type of beginner you are buying for.  Here are five considerations that may affect your choice:

1. Musical Interest.  Will the student show dedication to studying music or does it seem to be a passing fad?  If you are not sure about the length of time you or your child will maintain an interest in the study of this instrument, then one of your major considerations will be price. Simple concertinas are relatively inexpensive and easy to learn. Used accordions are also easy to find on the Internet for reasonable prices.

2. Prior musical training.  Does the student already play another instrument?  A person who already knows how to play a keyboard instrument will have a head start learning to play an accordion. The keyboard will already be familiar and the basses are arranged in an easy-to-learn sequence.  A forty-eight bass is considered a good instrument for beginners, although boxes are available with as few as twelve basses and twenty-six treble keys, and as many as 120 basses and a forty-one key keyboard.

3. Portability and size.  If the beginner wants to join a band (especially a marching band) then some consideration must be given to his ability to carry the instrument.  Trying it on for a moment won't tell the wearer much.  Something that feels light for a moment won't seem that way after ten blocks of marching while continuously working the bellows.

4. Ease of Action.  If the beginner has a polka or traditional Irish dance band in mind, then he will spend many an evening playing music that is lively and demands fast action.  The Dancemaster accordion is recommended as a brand that is good for beginners because of both its sound quality and ease of action.  Accordion players develop both musical skill and cardiovascular fitness as they learn their instrument.  Beginners need to buy one that isn't physically above their ability to handle.

5. Ask the Teacher.  If you already have a teacher in mind, then do ask him or her to recommend a brand. The teacher is most likely knowledgeable about many different models.  In addition, the instructor might have a particular type of box that he feels most comfortable with.  The quality of instruction will certainly be higher if he likes the accordion he is teaching on.

An accordion is a lot of fun.  It is so versatile that there are many opportunities to play.  These instruments are associated with lively music and good times, and most beginners will soon be happy they decided to learn it.  There are a lot of boxes available that will still serve the player well for many years after he has passed the novice stage.

Many professional or highly-skilled amateur performers still keep their original beginners' boxes to play on occasion.  Choosing an accordion for a beginner is a serious task because you may be picking out a companion for a lifetime.

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Souvenir de Lille
A delightful french musette piece for accordion, composed by myself.
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Samba Romantica --- Domi Emorine
Between 1983 and 1989, Domi Emorine won twenty-four prizes as a child prodigy.   In 1990, not yet fifteen years old, she won the World Accordion Championship and the UNAF prize.   In 1991, she won the Silver Medal; and in 1993 the SACEM medal in the 'Voice and Wind' category.   Five years later, Domi won the World Championship again.   She also did something unique in the annals of acc...
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Polka Italienne --- Domi Emorine
Between 1983 and 1989, Domi Emorine won twenty-four prizes as a child prodigy.   In 1990, not yet fifteen years old, she won the World Accordion Championship and the UNAF prize.   In 1991, she won the Silver Medal; and in 1993 the SACEM medal in the 'Voice and Wind' category.   Five years later, Domi won the World Championship again.   She also did something unique in the annals of acc...
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Paris-Moscow --- Roman Jbanov & Domi Emorine
For information on these amazing performers, see their separate biographies attached to other music files. This audio sample is from the title track of  their CD, The Paris-Moscou Duo, which we gave away in our January 2007 contest.   
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Hiver --- Roman Jbanov & Domi Emorine
Roman Zhbanov graduated from The Conservatory of Novosibirsk. When he was fourteen, he won the regional contest of young bayanists.  At eighteen he won the International contest in Kligental (Germany).  At nineteen he won the forty-seventh International Trophee Mondiale, in Italy.  Later, he became a laureate of international contests in Andorra, Spain, Russia and France.  He has perfo...
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Boys of Bluehill (local copy)
HI Folks, This is an Irish Hornpipe played on my Roland FR-3X LIVE. I am playing through a software LOOPER (Mobius). I can play once through with one sound and then the recording automatically repeats so I can layer on another saound.Even though I did this at home on St. Pat's day I performed an hours worth of these live before an audience.I hope you emjhoy it. LooseBruce
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Boutade --- Roman Jbanov & Domi Emorine
Bayanist Roman Zhbanov is known to music lovers of Novosibirsk from their childhood.  He performed as a soloist with The Russian Folk Instruments Orchestra of the TV and radio company 'Novosibirsk'.  Recordings of his performances on radio and TV programs were made time and again. Since 1996, five CDs have been issued, and two films made. This is a far from complete list of achievements ...
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Badinerie --- Roman Jbanov & Domi Emorine
For information on these amazing performers, see their separate biographies on the Contest Page; Domi was introduced in our October contest and Roman in our November contest.  Check out these samples.  The 'Hiver' is amazing!
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Accordion Mechanic --- Domi Emorine
Between 1983 and 1989, Domi Emorine won twenty-four prizes as a child prodigy.   In 1990, not yet fifteen years old, she won the World Accordion Championship and the UNAF prize.   In 1991, she won the Silver Medal; and in 1993 the SACEM medal in the 'Voice and Wind' category.   Five years later, Domi won the World Championship again.   She also did something unique in the annals of acc...
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typisk trekkspill
Hi, everyone!  I am new to this forum, and would like to introduce myself.  I am a Norwegian all-round musician, playing accordion and keyboards.  Most of my work is composing and arranging for all kinds of instruments, bands and choirs.  This is a demo page of a little composition for accordion orchestra.  More demos can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=126261&id...

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