Klezmer for Everyone, volume 1 (book/CD set)


Klezmer for Everyone, volume 1 (book/CD set)


A collection of Yiddish instrumental tunes intended for the use and enjoyment of all musicians, at all levels of skill and experience. Please note that these are not transcriptions, but plain, unadorned versions of the melodies and basic, traditional chords, leaving lots of room for individual interpretation as players grow into the style.

For beginners, the basic melodies offer a simple, but musical, version that sounds authentic as written. For more advanced players, the simple melody can become the skeleton of an individually embellished performance. For bands of all sizes, these charts can serve as a reference, providing information about the traditional harmony for each tune, and can serve as the beginning of a core repertoire.

Available for C, Bb, Eb, F, bass clef and alto clef instruments. Includes a collection of recordings of the tunes from 78rpm records, available as either a CD or download.


  • Fiselakh
  • Galician sher
  • Hoffman's hora
  • Khevre, nit gezorgt
  • Khosidl
  • Leybedik
  • Mamalige
  • Mazl tov
  • Mitsvo tants mit der kale
  • Odessa bulgar #1
  • Odessa bulgar #2
  • Odessa bulgar #3
  • Sherele tants
  • Shver un shviger tants
  • Tayere Odessa
  • Trisker rebns khosid
  • Yidisher soldat in di transhes
  • Yikhes
  • Kolomeyka
  • Dos tsigayner
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Sherry Mayrent’s books, instructional materials and teaching method are flat out the best introduction for newcomers to the klezmer repertoire or for players looking to expand their repertoire with easily-digested transcriptions.
— Pete Rushfsky, Executive Director
Center for Traditional Music and Dance