Reply To: Button melodicas

Stuart Goodall

The playing technique has little in common with piano keyboard technique – which is one reason I’ve always thought the button melodica was not ideal for children in respect of learning to finger the keyboard. But maybe the way to think of it is like the button-only accordion and “squeeze boxes”, which also demand a new fingering technique from that of the standard keyboard. The Hohner soprano, by the way, has a much more folky tone, just perfect for certain kinds of music, and unlike the more developed tone of the Piano 26 model of the same era. Just my views.

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