The accordion is a traditional folk instrument that can be played while either standing up or sitting down. Either way, it is advisable to use accordion shoulder straps. For the beginner in particular, straps make the instrument much easier to play as they help to position the accordion in the correct place on your body. Padded adjustable shoulder straps are the most widely used form of accordion strap, as they allow for the most comfort and the best fit. The size and fitting of accordion shoulder straps depend on both the size of the accordion and the size of the player.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Look at the straps. Shoulder straps generally come in two parts. The top of the strap is wider than the bottom of the strap and it will not have a buckle on it.
Orient both straps next to each other with the top or wider end of the straps furthest way from you and the buckled end of the straps closest to you. One strap will be longer than the other; this is the right shoulder strap.
Look for the strap mount on the body of the accordion. The strap mount will either be one bracket or two smaller brackets. Usually the strap mount will be placed on the top of the keyboard section of the accordion.
Connect the straps in line with the angle of the bracket. Connect the right shoulder strap to the left bracket and the left shoulder strap to the right bracket. Remember, the right shoulder strap is longer than the left shoulder strap.
Lift the right shoulder strap over the left strap so that the straps cross.
Place your arms through the correct shoulder straps and lift the accordion onto your body to see how it feels. This step can also be done sitting down if you are nervous about standing up before the straps are properly adjusted. Check that you have not caught the right strap under the keys before you put the accordion on, as this can cause damage to the accordion.
Continue to adjust the straps until your chin is in line with the black notes on the keyboard. The left shoulder strap usually needs tightening to ensure that it doesn't slip or fall off your shoulder.
Check that the weight of the accordion feels evenly distributed on your body and the straps are sitting flat on your shoulders and back.
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