The 183rd Oktoberfest starts in Munich today, and, as in years past, I’m posting one of my arrangements for you to play on your accordion for the occasion. So I guess it’s officially a jeffjetton.com tradition!
This time, I picked an Oktoberfest song that I’ve seen referred to by several names:
- Esel Leid
- The Donkey Song (which is what Esel Leid means)
- Hey Babariba
- Iha Iha Iha Oh
Whatever you call it, it’s a fun, goofy song that’s easy for everyone to sing along to. Not to mention easy to memorize–it’s basically just a couple of riffs repeated over and over again. The only challenge is keeping your key signatures straight.
It’s also fairly easy to play, although you can make adjustments as you wish:
- If you haven’t learned alternating bass yes, just play whatever 4/4 pattern you do know. Use the chord names written along the top as a guide.
- If you haven’t learned 7th chords yet, just play the chords marked with a “7″ as regular major chords.
- If you’re struggling with the harmony notes in the right note, just leave them out and play only the top note.
So give it a download, grab your accordion, and enjoy!