Tango originated towards the end of the 19th century in Argentina, in the Rio del Plata area around the towns of Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Its roots go back to the music played by dock workers, but its beginnings around 1890 are connected with brothels. Continue reading
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There are études… and études
Unbelievable! While learning to play the accordion, you can meet a sad clown, sing with a French lady, dance with robots or have fun at a Balkanese wedding… Continue reading
There are compositions that you can recognize by the first chord. One of the most famous pieces of classical music – the Funeral March by Frederic Chopin – is one of them. You can hear sadness, desperation and melancholy in this music. Continue reading
To Me, You Are Lovely
Should you ever happen to get near any dixieland band, most probably you’ll hear evergreens such as “When the Saints Go Marching In”, “Hello Dolly”, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” nebo “Mackie Messer”, but also another merry tune bearing an exotic title: Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn. Continue reading
A gate to the world of jazz – Autumn Leaves. Originally a melody from a French musical play by Joseph Kosma, it is one of the best known and most beautiful jazz standards I know. Would you like to start playing jazz? It’s easy… First you play the theme, then you improvise over the chords, then you play the theme once more. Or is it not so easy at all?
A search after one’s favourite song can turn into an investigation difficult enough even for Sherlock Holmes. This time, it’s gonna be thrilling: accordion, Russia, legionaries… Do you even know what „raskosha“ is?
Best Known Czech Pub Songs
Do you also feel that even if you have found loads of sheet music on our website, some basic Czech songs are still missing? Today, I’ll try to set it right! I’ll show you three very popular songs that are a must-know for every accordion player. Continue reading
Have You Met the Crocodile that Plays the Accordion?
How familiar with Russian cartoons are you? Not very much, true? Big mistake! Please meet Cheburashka and his pal, Gena the crocodile…
Fiery Rhythms of Hungarian Dance
Monti’s Czardas is a must on the repertoire of every Gipsy band, but it’s equally impressive in more classical renderings. Sparks fly off the dancers’ feet as they move, and if you learn this masterpiece on accordion, vigorous response of the audience is guaranteed!
The extravagant dance called cancan always stirred up the visitors at the Moulin Rouge cabaret in the poor neighbourhod of Montmartre in Paris. Even though the prudish society prohibited it at first, the dance captivated everyone later on and became a common form of entertainment and amusement.