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Piano vs Accordion: Which One Is Right For You?

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So you want to learn either the piano or accordion but you don’t know which one to choose. Hmm… decisions, decisions. To be fair, I can see why you’re struggling to pick between the two because both the piano and accordion are fantastic instruments to play. There’s no right or wrong answer here, but you do need to think about which one will motivate you more to keep on practicing.

If you haven’t played these instruments before, it’s worth heading to your nearest music store to try them out and get a better sense of how they feel. You also need to ask yourself some questions to help make the selection process a little easier. Let’s take a look at the things you need to consider before committing to the piano or accordion.

Your Budget

Although pianos tend to be the more popular of the two instruments, a new or pre-owned full size piano is going to be more expensive than an accordion. You could start off with a keyboard if you’re leaning more towards getting a piano, even though there are some obvious differences between a piano and a keyboard. That’s not to say that accordions are cheap instruments, though. A good accordion typically costs hundreds of pounds, which is a lot of money if you find it isn’t the right instrument for you after a few weeks or months. But like I just said, a piano will have a higher price tag and could set you back thousands.

Practicing Space

A piano is less flexible in placement, so it’s important to take note of the room you are going to keep your new instrument in. Some pianos are a good fit for smaller rooms, but an accordion takes up a lot less space than a piano of any size. Another advantage of the accordion is that it can be taken and played virtually anywhere, so you can practice in just about any room you like. Most starter accordions are quite compact and lightweight for travelling and to make it easier for you to play whilst standing or walking around.

Difficulty Level

The majority of people who have tried both instruments will tell you that an accordion is harder to play than a piano, mainly because you have to memorise the notes and know the right time to push out or pull in the accordion to achieve the correct sound. Experienced pianists will probably be able to pick up the accordion a bit faster, but most only progress onto the accordion after mastering the piano as they know it can be a trickier instrument to play. Having said that, you could end up being a natural and find that the accordion is no tougher for you to learn than any other instrument.

Music Preferences

There’s very little point in choosing the accordion or piano if you don’t like the sounds and type of music it makes unless you actually enjoy offending your own ears. The same can be said for all musical instruments, which is why it’s essential to always try before you buy. You must pick whichever can produce the type of music you want to play and the instrument that gets you most excited about learning. Don’t get me wrong. The piano and accordion are two very versatile instruments that are capable of many music styles and genres but you still need to experiment with both prior to making a final decision.

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