Chanson D/G Melodeon-Red
This fine Chanson D/G Melodeon-Red is ideal for anyone wishing to startup playing the Melodeon or button accordion.
The instrument is very well made and has an outstanding sound and rich tone.
Not to heavy in weight, this lovely instrument comes complete with a fitted case, strap and free UK shipping.
Choosing your Melodeon
What tuning should I get?
Firstly you need to know what style of music you will mainly want to play, the most popular styles are listed below, and each call for a different tuning. Apart from the style you prefer, you should consider what key your friends use, so you can join in and learn from them, and the pitch of your voice. We would always recommend you to start on a two row, D/G normally, or B/C for Irish music.
English & other Diatonic Styles
Most English dance bands, and Morris musicians use a 2 row with D/G tuning, which is ideal for those keys and the related minors, but not for any others. A three row A/D/G gives the key of A, together with more flexibility particularly in the bass.
Irish & Chromatic Style
Irish and Scottish musicians usually prefer the Chromatic system. On these instruments the rows are tuned only a semitone apart, so that all the sharps and flats are available. The treble keyboard can play in any key, but you will be limited by what the bass can provide in the way of chords. 12 bass models give more scope, but many traditional players don’t use the basses at all. Models with 23 treble notes give nearly a 3 octave range in this tuning.
The most popular tuning is B/C, and it is quite simple to play in D or G on this by playing across the rows. Using the same fingering you can get the keys of E and A out of a C#/D box, or just play it in D. C/C# is becoming less popular. A three row in B/C/C# gives you more options, and more bass notes. John Kirkpatrick uses a three row chromatic, and the B/C is standard in Irish ceilidh bands.