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Pretuler Polka – Stoariegler Polka (Traditional) [Sheet music] [Tutorial video]

This is a traditional Austrian polka which goes by at least 3 different names: Pretuler Polka, Stoarigler Polka and Radltruchn Polka. It is often played fast but doesn’t have to be. If someone knows what the names mean, let me know so that I can it add to this description. I assume they are names of Austrian towns (?). Edit: It turns out that ‘Pretuler’ means ‘ditch’ in Styria, and Radltruchnpolka means ‘Wheelbarrow polka’ 😅 (thanks Sigi R).

Preview tutorial video:

‘Learn to play’ package:

📝 Sheet music pdf (E♭) + 📹 slow tutorial video (E♭)

Sheet music only:

📝 Sheet music pdf (E♭)

Ne prižigaj luči – Noch einmal erklingt der walzer – Save the last dance (L. Slak) [Sheet music]

This is one of my favourite songs by Lojze Slak, one of the most influential Slovenian diatonic button accordionists and composers in the Slovenian popular-folk music genre (Narodnozabavna glasba), whose compositions, recordings and performances by his ensemble (Ansambel Lojzeta Slaka with Fantje s Praprotna), captured the hearts and souls of Slovenians around the world.

I’ve arranged sheet music for 2 keys: A♭ (same as the original recording) and G.

Sheet music:

📝 Sheet music pdf (A♭)

📝 Sheet music pdf (G)

Slovenija, odkod lepote tvoje – Slowenien, mein Heimatland (V. & S. Avsenik) [Sheet music] [Tutorial video]

This is one of the most popular waltzes by the Avsenik brothers, from their 1974 album. It is an extremely heartfelt song with a beautiful melody and lyrics describing Slovenia’s unique beauty.

Thank you to my supporters who have sent so many messages asking for me to create learning material for this song. I hope the sheets and tutorial video helps you learn this song, including its challenging diminished chords and its ending in D flat.

Preview tutorial video:

‘Learn to play’ package:

📝 Sheet music pdf (G) + 📹 slow tutorial video (G)

Sheet music only:

📝 Sheet music pdf (G)

A cover of this song with backing track from mojansambel.si

10 songs by Rudi Bardorfer [Sheet music] [PDF book]

Rudi Bardorfer (1933-2000) ist einer meiner liebsten, slowenischen Komponisten und Akkordeonisten. Er nahm mit seinem Trio und dem Ensemble „Rudi Bardorfer“, teilweise ergaenzt durch das Vokal-Quartett „Vokalni Kvartet Zvonček“, in den 1950er bis 1970er Jahren mehrere Alben auf. Danach ging er aus politischen Gruenden ins Exil in die Schweiz. Die offiziellen slowenischen (jugoslawischen) Rundfunkanstalten spielten ab diesem Zeitpunkt seine Musik nicht mehr und seine Lieder wurden mehr und mehr vergessen. Ausnahmen waren das 1RTV Ljubljana-Album und einige Jugoton und Radio- Televizija Belgrad Aufnahmen, deren Tontraeger in slowenischen Familien erhalten blieben. In seinem neuen Leben in der Schweiz und spaeter Oesterreich (Vorarlberg) komponierte er weiterhin Titel fuer slowenische Ensembles. Neben verschiedenen Taetigkeiten hatte er ein eigenes Tonstudio und kaufte darueber hinaus sogar eine kleine, italienische Akkordeon-Manufaktur.

Old Timers Polka – J. Pecon & Wishbone Polka – E. Habat [Sheet music]

This my transcription based on a performance by two prominent Cleveland-style (Slovenian-American style) figures; Walter Ostanek (Canada) and Eddie Habat (USA) at Lojze Slak’s 30th anniversary concert in Slovenia, 1994. They performed 2 shortened Cleveland-style polkas: ‘Old Timers Polka’ by Johnny Pecon and ‘Wishbone Polka’ by Eddie Habat. You may notice that the first part of ‘Old Timers Polka’ resembles a Slovene folk song (the name escapes me at the moment).

This arrangement is limited to the recorded performance and may not include all parts of the original songs which I have linked to below. I’ve tried to capture how it was played on this video, instead of the original recordings, including a few nice runs by Ostanek. The bass runs are also loosely based on Slak’s bassist Franci Sever as he played it in this video (below).

Sheet music:

📝 Sheet music pdf (F)

Recording of ‘Wishbone Polka’ – Eddie Habat on archive.org
Recording of ‘Old Timers Polka’ – Johnny Pecon on archive.org
Performance of these 2 songs in 1994 by Walter Ostanek and Eddie Habat with Lojze Slak’s bassist and guitarist Franci Sever and Milan Ferlež
How I tried to play this several years ago

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