Reply To: Keyboard harmonica: accordion style vs. melodica style


Yes I understand exactly what you are saying Quetscher.

Here is the discovery I think you triggered: any melodica where the sound valves, for lack of the correct term, are not projecting sound through the keyboard offer a greater opportunity modification, modulation, and expressiveness.

When the sound is projected through the keyboard, as is the case with most melodicas, you can’t modify/modulate the sound source easily because your right hand is in the way playing the keyboard.

As soon as the valves are placed away from the keyboard as in an accordion-style arrangement (Vibrandoneon) or on the back of the melodica (Hohner Piano 26/27/32 arrangement), you have a greater capability to modify the instrument or modulate the sound.



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