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Third-Grader's Choice of Instrument Unusual

Posted: November 13, 2012 at 3:04 a.m.

AnnieBeth Mabry, a third-grader at Turnbow Elementary School, holds on Thursday the accordion she is learning to play. She was inspired to pick up the instrument after hearing a guest musician play at her school. AnnieBeth recently played for the Springdale School Board.

AnnieBeth Mabry never had much interest in playing an instrument — that is until a man showed up at her school with an accordion.

Fast Facts

About Accordions

-The Chinese sheng, a free reed instrument introduced to Europe in 1777, is generally credited with being the first thing that led to the development of the accordion.

-Weights and sizes differ based on the preferences, needs and sizes of the player and the type of music they want to play.

-Italy was the first large-scale production center of accordions. Today most are manufactured in Europe and China. China has the most accordionists.

-Any style of music can be played on the accordion, if the player is good enough.

Source: Accordions.com

Web Watch

Talent Show Video

AnnieBeth Mabry’s accordion talent can be viewed online. Search for “Annie’s Talent Show 5-31-11” at youtube.com.

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