Google doodle celebrates the accordion, a free-reed portable musical instrument

Google doodle celebrates the accordion, a free-reed portable musical instrument

This doodle celebrates the accordion, the heart of the folk musician. A musical instrument that produces sound by expanding and contracting the bellows. This is a free reed instrument, where the airflow causes the accordion reed to vibrate and produce sound. In the early 19th century, a variety of free-reed instruments with bellows were developed, including the concertina, bandoneon, and harmonium.

On this day in 1829, an instrument called the accordion, from the German word “chord”, was patented.

In the late 1800s, German manufacturers increased their production of accordions as they became popular among folk musicians throughout Europe. Early accordions had buttons on only one side, and each of those buttons produced the sound of an entire chord. Another impressive feature is that with the same knob he can produce two chords. One is when the bellows extends and the other is when the bellows contracts.

As Europeans migrated around the world, the use of accordions in music increased. Newer versions can be played with either keys or a piano keyboard, and some even have both options. In some cases, it may also include electronic elements so that it can be connected to an amplifier or generate synthetic sounds.

Today, this instrument can be heard in folk music, Latin polka, tango, and Cajun music. An event where accordions are always present is Oktoberfest. This vibrant festival is filled with carnival fun, music, and traditional costumes like Dirndl dresses and lederhosen.

With this melody maker, everything will go according to plan!The traditional sound still influences German festivals and music around the world 200 years later.

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