If you’ve ever wondered how a diatonic accordion is built, this five-minute video from the Science Channel show “How It’s Made” is the perfect introduction. It follows Raynald Ouellet as he builds a one-row diatonic accordion at his workshop, Accordéon Mélodie in Quebec. (In addition to making beautiful accordions, Ouellet is a fantastic player and founder of the annual festival Carrefour mondial de l’accordéon.) From sealing reeds to fashioning bellows, it’s an excellent overview of building a diatonic accordion.
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The Accordion Teachers Guild's 74th annual competition and festival will be in San Francisco, July 23-26. http://t.co/KGKYQWmLhG
Excellent LA Times piece on the accordion's comeback: http://t.co/HGpyUIAOYc
"The accordion player is like a jazz musician: He improvises in between verses... and Flaco Jiménez is a master." http://t.co/si7FRUd62F