Saturday, February 20, 2016

Accordina -- European Noble Melodica

Hi there. Today I would talk about a "sister instrument" of melodica -- Accordina.

I know many of you guys have heard of the instrument "Accordion", but I think you probably never heard of "Accordina" right? Well this instrument actually looks like one part of a button accordion, but you play it like a melodica (you blow air inside the instrument to make sound) instead of accordion (you pull the bellow to draw air to make sound).

Seriously, I thought of getting an Accordina before, as the sound of it is INCREDIBLE, and it is very "European noble sounding". But I end up did not get it. There are several reasons:

1. It is way too expensive.
2. As it is button accordion like, I have to learn the fingering all over again.
3. I cannot play the melody and rhythm together by using two hands on accordina.

But seriously, it is a VERY NICE sounding instrument, I may get it one day in future though :)
Anyway, here I found a video somebody plays Bach on it. You will know why I call it an "European noble melodica". Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Its crazy how the accordina was designed to use one hand to hold it up rather than to use both hands on the keys. Wasting an entire hand of fingers to merely hold the instrument seems very short sighted and a poor design. Its something a simple strap might accomplish if the mouthpiece were at the end rather than the side. A lot of instrument inventors prioritize the mechanism over the ergonomics.