McDonnell's Traditional Irish Music Slow Session

Polka

Polkas are in 2/4 time which means there are 2 beats per measure and a quarter note (crotchet) gets one beat and an eight note gets a half beat (If you need help understanding these music terms look at Kevin Meixner’s  “The Basics of Reading Music”).  For example, here is how you would count while playing a polka. The vertical lines separate measures.  Listen to Murphy’s Polka by  pressing the play button below  and repeat the words below the bar. [Note: Loading speed of MP3 player depends on internet bandwidth & computer power.]


one two | one two | one two | one two | one two | one two| one two | one two

The manuscript (written form) would look like this:

Murphy's Polka sheet music short

Polka Tracks (Click on Tracks to open and download)

Track 1. MP3 file with Murphy’s Polka melody along with the corresponding slow polka rhythm. (Same as green bar above)

Track 2. MP3 file with Murphy’s Polka melody along with the corresponding moderate  polka rhythm.

Track 3. MP3 file with just a learning polka rhythm

Track 4. MP3 file with just a slow polka rhythm

Track 5  MP3 file with just a moderate polka rhythm

 

Murphy’s Polka Sheet Music (Click here to Download Murphy’s Polka PDF sheet music file)

Murphy's Polka overhead 2008 WITH CHORDS  [Converted]