I am Philippe from Canada. I am in my third month of teaching myself to play the accordion which is a completely new instrument to me. The range of expression is what attracted me to this instrument. I am teaching myself to play on a free bass instrument: the Giulietti Bassetti M3. I am following Mogens Ellegaard's method, which I like. Altogether my first impression is that the accordion is the most difficult instrument that I have learned to play. I have played the classical guitar, the renaissance theobo guitar, the piano and the chromatic harp. As a former musical instrument builder (String instruments) I look at this instrument from an engineering/ designing angle and I see that the left hand bass button board stability and control may be the most challenging aspect with this instrument . I am aware however that this down side did not stop accordionists from reaching the most spectacular performance levels in classical music interpretation. I am looking forward to sharing my experience on this forum with others , in particular if they happen to practice the fee bass accordion.