How to Draw an Accordion

When it comes to essentials in an orchestra, the accordion is typically pretty high up the list. This small, piano-like instrument has a rich history, and forms the base of many popular tunes and songs.


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Start with a red pen and a ruler and draw a straight line on the left-hand side of your page, at around a 45 degree angle. Add two small marks to the top and bottom of the line.


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Now, use the red pen to extend the lines at the top and the bottom, and follow this with a curved line at both the top and the bottom.


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Join the marks at the top and bottom with straight lines, resulting in two long, thin shapes joined together.


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Now use the red pen to thicken the line on the very left-hand side of the shape.


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Now grab a brown pen and use the ruler to add a short line inside the second shape. Join this to the line on the left-hand side with a slight curve at the top and the bottom.


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Next, add a series of short lines inside this space, emerging from the central line, and heading out around halfway across the shape.


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Switch to a gray pen and add a series of dots in a curve moving out from the edge of the shape. These should increase in number as they move to the right.


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Use the red pen and the ruler to draw another tall rectangle at the end of the curve of dots, leaving the corners unconnected.


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Use the red pen to join the corners with curved lines…


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And add another, smaller rectangle inside the first, just as you did on the other side.


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Switch to the gray pen and add a series of dots in a curve to the bottom.


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Use the gray pen and ruler to add a series of straight, vertical lines connecting the two shapes – these will form the main fans of your accordion.


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Now use the gray pencil to connect the lines at the top with slightly curved lines…


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And use the same color to carefully shade in the rest of this central portion.


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Now grab the red pen, and fill in the edges of the accordion, leaving the very outside sections white for the moment.


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Take the pencil and the ruler and draw some straight, parallel lines on the right-hand side as guidelines.


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Use a brown pen to add a series of small circles to the right-hand side of the instrument.


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Use the eraser to remove the guidelines from the right-hand side…


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And fill in the right-hand section with a brown pen, leaving the circles blank.


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Use a black pen to outline the circles, so that they stand out clearly. Then, use the black pen to add a series of straight, horizontal lines, at an angle, to the left-hand section.


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Now use the black pen to add thicker lines to the left-hand side of the instrument, in between the straight lines you just created – these are the black keys of the keyboard.


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Use a gray pen to outline the top section of the accordion and repeat this on the lines at the bottom.


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Finally, use the gray pen to fill in the central section of the instrument, and complete the look.


And just like that, you have your very own accordion ready to bring your favorite tune to life – all you need is some sweet music!

They may be small, but the accordion has a rich history dating back to 1822, when it was invented in Germany by Friedrich Buschmann. A key member of the wind musical instruments family, the accordion has long since played a pivotal role in orchestras around the world, and forms a crucial aspect of many famous melodies, across both modern and classical music styles.

In terms of operation, the accordion works in a similar way to a portable piano – two reed organs are connected by folding bellows, and the player creates the tune by pressing specific keys on the keyboard – just as one would play the piano. The sounds of the accordion are formed by the compression and expansion of the bellows, which, in turn, pump air to the reed organs, creating a sound. There is one major difference from the piano, however – the accordion must be held entirely by the player, making this a complex and skilled instrument to learn – there are a lot of things going on at once!

Following Buschmann’s invention – the “Handäoline”, as the instrument was originally known – the next version was conceived by Cyrill Demian, an organ and piano maker from Armenia, who created an updated version of the instrument in Vienna in 1829. This new evolution was referred to as the “Akkerdeon” in Germany – a derivation of the German phrase for “chord” – “Akkord”.

From here, the name as we know it today developed. As migration occurred from Europe, the accordion increased in popularity, and became the popular, well-loved instrument that we enjoy today.

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