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Nordic Polskor
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@Ilona -

Can you help me with this tune?  Have you ever heard of it?

I hadn't really planned on digging into Polskor (Swedish plural of Polska), but just ran across a neat little one.  

The name threw me for a loop - "Fingals Poika Polska".  I only know of "Fingals Cave" and "County Fingal" in Ireland. 

Darn if it doesn't sound like some of the French accordion or even Russian tunes to me, though.

BUT, the name is coming up Finnish (Poika = Boy?)!  

Fingals Poika Polska

 

I'm definitely going to have to learn this, cause it's stuck in my head, now!  I don't think it will be hard to learn by ear.

I'll link some Polskor from the other thread, later - just wanted to share this one for now. 

For now, does anyone have a favorite Polska they'd like to share? 

 

This might have to go on my Halloween list! 

...it's got that feeling, or maybe I just have Halloweenitis.  (lol)

- Emily

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Hmm, interesting. 🤔 I listened to this but I can’t be sure if I have heard it sometimes. I have heard so many this style tunes that I just can’t say.

And yes, poika means a boy in Finnish. It’s really interesting what does this word do in the name of this tune. 😮

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@Ilona -

Thank you, for taking a look at it! 

If you run across similar tunes, let me know if you find where they come from.   

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/71/53/6d/71536d85b4155c48b2dcbf8281541390.jpg

Have a great week! 

- Emily

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So, before I get back on track with 'Polskor', I tried to find out more about "Fingal"

I'm now suspecting there might be 2 different bands by that name. 

There is the "Fingal" Trio that was formed here in the USA - New York 2006.  Two members are from Ireland and Randal Bays is the American that can play a mean Irish Fiddle!  Their music is distinctively Irish and they are known as a Traditional Irish Band.  Here's a little about how they got their name.

Musicians putting Fingal on the map in America

The 2nd, "Nordic Fingal" might be a single Artist or small group of musicians. 

The recording studio that mixed the music, Ljudsmulor, is in Sweden - which doesn't mean much because they have a diverse clientele - BUT, I think the vocals I've heard might be sung in Danish (pretty sure it's not German) and all this music is very different from the Irish/American group's.  Here's a playlist from the album, "Riv"

Riv - Playlist

Have to admit I'm fascinated by "Fingal's Favorite"! 

Fingal's Favorite

Now, County Fingal in Ireland does have Viking history and it is a coastal area, so I suppose it's entirely possible the Traditional Irish band took a detour with their music. 😳🤪  ...but don't think so.

 

 

So, before I move on, back to Polskor... 

Does anyone know anything about this "Riv" album by "Fingal"? 

- Emily

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Guess I have to be much more careful in determining what is "easy". 

Fingals Poika Polska

 

I'm definitely going to have to learn this, cause it's stuck in my head, now!  I don't think it will be hard to learn by ear.

 

This is NOT as easy as I originally thought! 

The "A" part IS very easy, but the "B" part turned out to be a nightmare.  After 2 days, I have it memorized, but I still can't get past half speed on the "B" part - which makes the "A" almost unbearably SLOW!  

It must be easier to play on the accordion. (lol)  

 

 

...I'm bound to get better overall by playing these 'finger-twisters'.  🤗 

On top of everything else I'm practicing, been trying out a few more ominous tunes...

- Emily

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In case anyone cares about progressing on speed with this tune, I got tired of crawling along. 

It's a day later, so I 1st played Fingals Poika Polska at half speed for a bit to warm up - then tried a little faster.  I wasn't really getting anywhere, so decided to try a different tactic.  Played along with the video at .75 speed, cold turkey, just doing the best I could with the 'B' part - not sure if I even kept up with half the notes! 

Kept trying... so, about an hour later I HAD IT!  Not pretty, but did it with all the right notes - several times, to make sure. (lol)  Okay, I'm gloating - but in all fairness, it was very hard for me!

Think I'll be at .75 speed for a while, to sound really good - before I try to go any farther.  I'm usually pretty happy settling at .75 speed on a Fiddle tune, for now.

 

 

Just wanted to make a point about pushing yourself to try something that is uncomfortable - if you want to change/improve, it's worth it! 

 

...can't believe I had to look up "farther vs. further". 😒 

- Emily

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