I was born Scottish and raised (mainly) in Hawick in the Borders of Scotland. My Pa-Pa (Grandpa in English) played button and piano accordion, but preferred button.
Unfortunately, his second wife's family 'disposed' of his accordions when he died around 10 years ago so I was unable to get the one he'd promised to me all his life *shrugs*
I could never afford a good accordion so I grew up playing Clarinet and other woodwinds, along with guitar. Recently I had the urge to try buttons again so I had a go with a cheap concertina for a few weeks before deciding I'd rather have the piano keyboard. I never played Piano before, unless you count banging on the keys in my Na-Na's house whilst a child *grins* but the buttons were just going to be too confusing for my old brain. Hence, I bought a medium sized 24 button piano accordion recently and have 'played' it for around 4 hours over the last week.
I am using the Palmer-Hughes books that people said "You can get through the first book in about 2 hours, it's too easy!" and finding that their perspective differs from that of my five left thumbs.
I'm only on the third main tune in the book and still trying to figure out how on earth you keep your left hand in a useful place whilst patting your belly and rubbing your head. It'll come eventually, but I have quite fat finger-ends and fitting two fingers on buttons next to each other is tricky.
I'm not worried about any lack of progress since I'm not doing this for fame or fortune, I just want to play some old Scots and Irish songs and maybe some English Morris or contemporary stuff as the urge takes me. I'm willing to struggle through as a beginner until I can hit the 'Polka' book after doing book 3 of P-H.
The accordion sounds great, but weighs more than I expected.
Thanks for having me!