Now available on the iTunes App Store
Looking for a Button Accordion/Melodeon for the iPhone/iPod Touch in the key of D/G? Check out "DeeGeeBox":DeeGeeBox for the iPhone/iPod Touch
Looking for Button Accordions/Melodeons for the iPad in the keys of B/C, C#/D, D/G, C/F, or G/C? Check out "Melodeon":Melodeon for the iPad
BeeSeeBox is an authentic sounding, easy to play, Irish B/C Button Accordion for the iPhone/iPod Touch.
B/C is a very popular accordion tuning for playing traditional Irish music, with the bottom row in the key of B, and the top row in the key of C.
The app uses the same fingerings as the real instrument. The built-in note guide will help you learn your way around the buttons.
Here's how to get started playing tunes:
This style of accordion plays different notes depending on whether you are pushing or pulling on the bellows.
Touch the anywhere in bellows area at the top of the screen for PUSH notes, lift your finger for PULL notes.
The PUSH/PULL indicator shows the current bellows direction, also the sides of the bellows light up tracking the bellows motion.
Touch the buttons with the fingers of your right hand to play. Buttons light up in green when touched.
Touch the ‘?’ icon to show note names. The note names change with the bellows direction.
Touch the 'i' icon to bring up the settings page.
Adjust the Volume slider as desired.
All settings are saved when the app exits.
On the settings page, touch the Tradlessons logo to visit the support website.
Touch Roy Griffiths' name on the settings page to see more of his high-dynamic range melodeon photos on the web at http://melodeonmacro.roygriffiths.com.
Thank you to Roy for graciously providing the use of his images for the app.
Uses extremely high-quality per-button audio samples recorded from a high-end button accordion.
Demonstration video - "Merrily Kissed the Quaker's Wife"
Main screen (Push):
Note guide (touch the '?' icon) (Push):
Note guide (Pull):
Touch the 'i' to show the settings screen:
To visit the support web site, touch the Tradlessons logo.
Touch Roy Griffiths' name to see more amazing HDR melodeon images on the web.
Q: Are the fingerings the same as real button accordions?
A: Yes, exactly the same. To be playable on the iPhone/iPod Touch screen, I've removed the two lowest notes from the bottom end of the scale on each row.
The resulting range is perfect for playing the majority of traditional Irish tunes.
Q: Where can I learn more about how to play the instrument?
A: Please visit the following site for more information and online learning materials:
Q: Now that I've learned the fingerings for some tunes on the iPhone/iPod Touch app, I'd like to buy a real button accordion. Who do you recommend?
A: The Button Box carries a wide range of new and vintage instruments.
Damien Connolly has a DVD course and instruction book that has been recommended to me, I intend to get a copy for myself:
Damien Connolly's B/C Button Accordion Tutor
Q: The buttons are absolutely gorgeous, where did you find the image?
A: Photographer Roy Griffiths took some amazing HDR (high dynamic range) photos of his own melodeons.
He has very generously and graciously allowed me to use portions of the images for the apps.
Roy's collections of stunningly beautiful high dynamic range images and other photos can be seen at:Melodeon HDR Macro Photos and on his Flickr page Roy Griffiths on Flickr
I am very interested in any suggestions for features or improvements to the apps for future updates, please drop me an email anytime with your ideas!
More Apps to Enjoy:
For more information, please contact Michael Eskin or visit the AppCordions website: