Level: Advanced

Šikana Polka – Fast Polka (P. Grivic) [Sheet music]

Šikana Polka (translates from Slovene to ‘Fast Polka’) was written for the diatonic button accordion (Slo: Diatonična harmonika, Ger: Steirische harmonika) by Peter Grivic, a fellow Slovenian-Australian who I’ve had the pleasure of performing with many times in our trio Alpski Muzikantje (Alpen Musikanten). Peter has had a successful musical journey, performing for many Alpine/Oberkrainer …

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Flott aufg’spielt (E. Moser) [Sheet music] [Play-along audio]

This is Erich Moser’s most popular polka, Flott aufg’spielt, which roughly translates to ‘Playing quickly’. Erich Moser was an amazing steirische harmonika (diatonic button accordion) player from Austria, who was well known for his great technical skills and many unique, beautiful melodies like Kleiner Spatz am Dach, Walzer fur harmonika, and so on. Unfortunately Erich …

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Christl Boarischer (L. Plattner) [Sheet music]

This is an instrumental by Luis Plattner from the Austrian Volksmusik group Original Tiroler Echo. They are known for several hits (Die Sterne am Himmel, among others), and their quality sound utilises Oberkrainer rhythm and 2 accordions; diatonic button accordion (steirische harmonika) and piano accordion. The first time I heard them was on an old …

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Nekoč, Nekje (B. Kovačič) [Sheet music]

‘Nekoč, Nekje’ (Slovenian for ‘Sometime, somewhere’) is an infrequently played but beautiful waltz by Boris Kovačič, originally played by Vital Ahačič on the chromatic button accordion on an Ansambel Borisa Kovačiča album from 1974, ‘Čolnič Sreče‘. Everything that Vital played was not only technically brilliant, but also full of feeling, and when paired with Kovačič’s …

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Mooskirchner Polka (H. Freydl) [Sheet music] [Tutorial]

‘Mooskirchner Polka’ is a popular instrumental in the Oberkrainer genre featuring an accordion solo, written by Helmut Freydl, who was the first accordionist and founder of the successful Oberkrainer ensemble from Austria, Die Mooskirchner, who are still active today. ‘Mooskirchner‘ or ‘Mooskirchen’ refers to a location within the region of Styria in Austria. Tutorial preview: …

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