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Balkanarama’s Balkan Sheet Music Book!

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Balkan Sheet Music | 4 comments

Balkanarama’s Balkan Sheet Music Book!

As a service to musicians interested in learning and performing Eastern European music, here are some transcriptions by Balkanarama’s arranger, Mike Gordon. You may use these for your private enjoyment or to share with your band, but please don’t use them commercially without permission.

The charts include basic melody lines and chord progressions with occasional hints at ornamentation. They don’t include every nuance of the original — for that, you need to listen to original recordings or, better yet, learn from live performers skilled in the idiom. All the charts are in the keys we use; if you’d rather play them in another key, feel free to transpose them.

The charts are low-resolution .gif files — you’ll probably need to rewrite them to make them usable. I transcribed them from the recordings credited on each page. A couple are ancient handwritten scores, but most were scored in Finale. (I’ve tried posting Finale files on the Web for download using Finale’s SmartMusic viewer, but without success.)


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  1. Rachel Teare

    Hi, i am trying to learn some balkan stuff on the concertina- would love your sheet music but can’t find the files on your website?

    • Eva Moon

      Hi Rachel. Sorry for the delay on this. Life has gotten rather busy. Please check back. We’ll be uploading some charts soon. Thanks so much.

  2. Lúcio

    Hi EVa, Iwould like to get this book, but there is not a link to download it. How can I download it? Thank you in advance, greetings from Brasil.

    • Eva Moon

      There is no link. The songs will be posted in this blog soon. If you subscribe to the blog, you will get each song as it is posted. Sorry for the continued delay!

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