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  1. Hi there! This is my first post on this forum but not my first visit, so believe me I'm just as disappointed in myself for buying a wee 20 button Scholer as you will be. I own myself a lovely 48 bass piano accordion and wanted to branch out to other free reed instruments, my budget being what it is this Former German Republic model will do for now. Honestly it was bought as a bit of a project, having a broken strap (which I have already temporarily mended) and 2 missing buttons which should be easier to replace thanks to the cheaper wooden design. The daughter of a family friend has been envious of my accordion since I got it and I thought this would be a fine gift for her next birthday if I could get it presentable. The biggest issue I face is the notes themselves as I can't seem to figure out what keys the 2 rows of buttons are in. I won't kid myself into thinking this instrument will still be in tune after years of activity or lack thereof, but I hope enough of them are for someone to be able to help me. Using an online chromatic tuner I repeatedly tested each button on both the push and pull, to ensure as much accuracy as possible, and noted down the notes. I will attach an image of the results in the hopes that someone can help me figure out the key. (I will only be attaching the left hand notes as I presume that would be enough to identify the keys, but will happily post the right hand too if needed.) I'm not sure what I'll do for the reeds that are invariably out of tune, in my corner of Scotland I can't find a suitable shop and I certainly wouldn't want to try and tune them myself. I'll burn that bridge when I come to it though. Thank you in advance and I look forward to being a member of this fine community! ~Ethan
  2. Dear beginners who struggle with music notation and would like to cross the rubicon, I thought I'd share what I have come across this last few days. If you struggle to read the notes: https://www.musictheory.net/exercises/note You get to choose the clef (Treble, Bass or both) and the range, so it's really progressive and you learn in no time. If you want to read the notes a bit faster: http://www.readmusicfree.com/trebleclefdefender.html It's a very nice game - completely addictive (you have to type the name of the note that appears before it's too late... it goes faster and faster - amazingly efficient) If you have a smartphone or a tablet, here are two apps I've been playing with and that I find really impressive: Musink (again for sight-reading) and Rhythm trainer (err...for rhythm and time notation). To the musicians out there: I'm well aware this won't turn me into a musician overnight or even a decade, but it brought be from not knowing anything about music notation to being able to read more or less reasonably... (I still struggle with rhythm, though). PS: I've been reading hundreds of comments and am amazed by the quality of this forum. I thought I'd never have anything to contribute to it but I hope this can be of help... It certainly made a world of difference for me in just a couple of hours. All my love to everyone,
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