My name is Anthony Smrke and I'm an accordion player. Actually I've been playing for over 50 years - a really long time. My mother was a typical Italian mother, my father was Slovenian; and I was the first born male in our family, therefore when I was very young it was decreed that I learn how to play the accordion; and so I was made to take lessons. Being an active 8 year old who was required to learn a musical instrument that I really did not wish to play caused a great deal of stress and consternation ; but I hung in there and for 10 years I attended those resented lessons, learned my theory and took part in musical festivals.
It was when I stopped taking lessons that I really began to enjoy the instrument; and through the years along with the expertise and skill I was acquiring, I developed a true passion for the instrument, the music which it generates and the joy that it brings to its listeners. These days throughout the winter months I can be found in Florida, entertaining and participating in jam sessions at various mobile home parks. In summer months I am more than content to play on my back deck on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario and to play the occasional gig with local musicians.
Come and visit me at http://theaccordionplayer.com
Hopefully you will find the tips and tutorials offered here useful and further it is my hope that you enjoy my renditions of some of my favorite tunes; and if you feel that you would benefit from a private lesson or two via skype - that can be arranged as well. As we all can appreciate our time on this earth is precious and I would like to thank you for spending your time with me.