V pomladnih dneh – Luisen Polka (J. Burnik) [Sheet music] [Accompaniment track]

This is an instrumental polka by legendary Slovenian popular folk music and Oberkrainer music composer and accordionist Jože Burnik. The Slovenian title “V pomladnih dneh” translates to “In spring days” and was recorded originally in the 1960s by Ansambel Jožeta Burnika, then either in the late 1970s or early 1980s by Alpski Kvinet/Alpenoberkrainer from Slovenia with […]

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Für’n Vater (K. Maier) [Sheet music] [Tutorial video]

“Für’n Vater” (or Fürn Voda in Bavarian German dialect, meaning “For father”) is a Boarischer from the 2010s by Kastulus Maier and released by Hallgrafen Musikanten, a Bavarian folk music group which plays an Alpine ‘Tanzlmusi’ style of folk music (translating to ‘Dance music’). This style is known for its use of brass instruments, as

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Rosi Polka – Hey Rosi (F. Gressenberger) [Sheet music] [Tutorial video]

“Rosi Polka” or “Hey Rosi” is an energetic instrumental polka featuring just 2 sung words: “Hey Rosi!” and some challenging keyboard runs. It was written by Felix Gressenberger from Austria, who recorded this song with Die 5 Rosentaler in the late 1980s, and with Friedl Lazarus und seine Original Mooskirchner (also known as Mooskirchner Quintett)

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Grandpa From Kranj Polka (J. Miskulin) [Sheet music]

Joey Miskulin is an incredibly accomplished accordionist and music producer of Slovenian and Croatian roots from the United States. I’ve always known about him for his work with Frankie Yankovic (in the Cleveland-Style Polka genre), although Miskulin has worked with the likes of Johnny Cash, John Denver, and even contributed to the soundtrack for Toy

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Pot Pod Noge (M. Kovačič) [Sheet music]

Growing up in the 1990s and most of the 2000s, before YouTube, my only access to Oberkrainer/Alpine music videos was my dad’s video tapes and streaming some very pixelated video from TV Slovenija’s website on dial-up. One of these tapes was simply called “Narodno-zabavna glasba” (Folk-pop music) featuring random Slovenian ensembles from the 1980s, taped

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Party Polka (H. Färber) [Sheet music]

This is an instrumental polka composed by Helmut Färber, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from the Austrian Oberkrainer band Die Mooskirchner. The original recording featured the ensemble’s co-founder Helmut Freydl on the chromatic button accordion. It’s a technically demanding song to play on the accordion which can be challenging to find appropriate fingering and right hand chords,

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