Bavarian sound – which instruments for authentic Bavarian music?
In the southeast of Germany lies the state of Bavaria. The region has become synonymous with Germany in the world. The traditional clothing (besides the dirndl, especially the lederhosen) is as well known as the most beautiful folk festival in the world: the Oktoberfest in Munich. The Alps are popular with residents and tourists. The beautiful Bavarian castle Neuschwanstein knows the whole world.
Also world-famous is the Bavarian music with its typical Bavarian sound – often called oom pah. For the well known authentic Bavarian and Tyrolian sound you will need the following instruments.
Accordion or Steirische Harmonika
No need to explain the accordion. With your left hand, you can play bass notes and chords, and with your right hand you can play either melodies or rhythm. A similar sound is offered by the Steirische Harmonika (Styrian harmonica), but with a more powerful bass (although this instrument works differently).
Euphonium and other brass instruments
For the bass, you play either a tuba or a baritone, which is similar to the euphonium. More rarely, a bass trombone is also played. For rhythm and melody the instruments horn, trumpet and clarinet are played most often in brass bands.
Guitar and other stringed instruments
The guitar is used mainly for rhythm, rarely for melody. In Bavaria the music style Oberkrainer from Slovenia is very popular. Here the guitar usually plays an emphasis on 2 and 4, replacing the snare of the drums.
Other popular stringed instruments are the zither and the harp.
Although many songs from Bavaria are without vocals, yodeling is very popular among tourists. One example is the song “Sunny Yodel”.