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Dave's Tex - Mex, Tejano, Conjunto Site for the Diatonic Button Accordion - Ahora Bilingüe

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Intro en Español
**Mission Statement**
**The Tex Mex Accordion**
**The Basics**
**GFC Accordion**
**Señor Maestro Program**
**Major Scales**
**Chromatic Scale**
**Fingerings**
Right hand position
**Preparation for 3rds**
**Music Theory**
**Music Theory 2**
Music Theory 3
**Circle of Fifths**
**Arpeggios for the GFC Box**
Practicing with a metronome
Trinos and Apoyaturas
Thirds and Sixes
**Ear Training**
Music Theory Quiz
Music Theory Quiz 2
Music Theory Quiz 3
Finding the Song Key
Adornos
Remates and improvisations
Bellows Technique
The Basses
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The Tex - Mex Accordion

The Diatonic Button Accordion
The accordion came to the area of South Texas and Northern Mexico with the arrival of German immigrants.  It was soon adopted by the locals and the German musical forms were soon given a Spanish flavour.  This music was the first "Conjunto" music and is the roots ot the "Tejano", "Norteña" "Tex - Mex" music that you are probably familiar with.

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Whether you like the traditional sound or the modern sound, the accordion is central to this music.

Like the harmonica, the diatonic button accordion uses wind blown over metal reeds to create  vibrations of different pitches.  Also similar to the harmonica is that fact that the direction of the wind is important.  A button will not give the same note while opening the bellows as it will while closing the bellows.