How to Play the Mini Accordion

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How to Play the Mini Accordion
A child's mini accordion (accordion two image by Paul Moore from

The mini accordion has fewer buttons and a shorter keyboard than a traditional accordion, so whether or not you've played one before, it is easier to figure it out quickly. For adults, it's an ideal starter instrument even for those with no keyboard experience. It's also good for children who may not be able to manage a larger instrument.

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  1. 1

    Sit comfortably with the mini accordion in your lap so you can experiment without the risk of dropping it. Look at the number of buttons above the keyboard portion of the accordion. They change the notes up or down by an octave to give the instrument a larger range.

  2. 2

    Hold down one of the buttons and slowly push and pull on the instrument with a hand gripping either side. This activates the bellows within, which blows air across the reeds inside, making sounds. Holding down a button whenever you begin the motion makes it easier on the bellows and prolongs the life of the instrument.

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    Play notes on the keyboard while maintaining the in and out motion of the bellows. You'll now have one set of notes from the bellows and button being held down, and a second melody from the keyboard.

  4. 4

    Purchase a book of accordion tunes (See References) to learn specific songs, or just listen to songs and practice them until you've found the notes.

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    Experiment with different combinations of buttons, speeds (pressing the bellows faster makes it louder), how the sound changes whether you're pushing or pulling, etc. Once you're comfortable with your mini accordion, try accompanying a song or learning one of your favourites by ear.

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