NEW YORK — Where Oedipus once tormented us, it is now Narcissus.
Unlike the piano accordion, the bandoneón
does not have keys as per a piano,
but has buttons on both sides
. Additionally the notes produced
on push and pull are different (bisonoric).
This means that each keyboard has actually
two layouts: one for the opening notes,
and one for the closing notes.
Since the right and left hand layouts
are also different,
this adds up to four different keyboard
that must be learned
in order to play the instrument.
However, there is the advantage
that the notes tend to progress from
the bass clef on the left hand to above
the treble clef on the right.
To make matters even more confusing,
there are bandoneóns that are monosonoric
(same note on push and pull).
These variants are more compatible
with a chromatic tuning structure.
None of these keyboard layouts
is structured to facilitate playing scale
passages of notes. Instead the structure
is designed to aid the playing of chords,
which makes sense when one
considers the origin of the instrument
and its intended purpose.
For a beginning player,
certain runs and musical forms
can be difficult, but to an experienced player
they come quite naturally.