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Banana Blues - mixed ability classroom school ensemble

By Austin Ralphson

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Easy Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, English Horn, Bassoon, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Soprano Sax, Woodwind Quintet, Woodwind Choir or Ensemble, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Horn in F, Euphonium, Brass Quintet, Brass Choir or Ensemble, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, String Quartet, Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Harmonica, Recorder, Soprano Recorder, Alto Recorder, Tenor Recorder, Baritone Recorder, School Classroom Ensemble, Keyboard, Glockenspiel - Easy/Beginner
Composed by Austin Ralphson. Blues, Classroom, Technique Training. Score. 10 pages. Published by Austin Ralphson (S0.216097).

Item Number: S0.216097

The Mixed AbilitiesSchool Ensemble Series

Children (andadults) who learn a musical instrument will always progress at different rates.Students also develop some of the many skills involved in instrumental playingfaster than other skills.

The Mixed AbilitiesSchool Ensemble Series has the flexibility to allow pupils of differentstandards to play together in one ensemble (up to five parts). It alsoencourages students to develop improvisation skills by providing soloingopportunities within all parts, with suggested pitches for improvising.

Each piece has fivedifferent parts which are split into four ability levels as follows:

A – Range of about5 notes, easy rhythms. B – Range of about 1 octave, basic rhythms. C – Range ofabout a 12th, some more difficult rhythms. D – Range of about 2 octaves, somerhythmic complexity.

This enables theteacher to select parts which are suitable for the standard of individualplayers in the group. As a general rule, the pieces have been composed asfollows:

Part 1 – melody /countermelody (alternates with Part 2)

Part 2 – melody /countermelody (alternates with Part 1)

Part 3 –accompaniment (synchronises with Part 4)

Part 4 –accompaniment (synchronises with Part 3)

Part 5 – bass line(independent)

Each part alsocomes in a wide array of transpositions, clefs and pitches. Hence, almost anycombination of instruments can play together in an ensemble of mixed abilities,including:

Flutes, clarinets,saxophones, mixed woodwind, trumpets, mixed brass (including brass band),violins, strings, keyboards/pianos, tuned percussion.

An ensemble usingany combination of instruments (as is often found within schools) will workeffectively as well.

Example: A quintetmight be selected as follows:

1A (violin), 2C(trumpet), 3B (clarinet), 4B (tenor sax), 5D (trombone)

The melody in 1Awould be very simple but would contrast nicely when passed to the moredifficult 2C. Parts 3B and 4B will have quite a simple accompaniment betweenthem, whilst the bass line on 5D will be more complex and rhythmicallyinteresting. Parts can obviously be doubled up as well beyond five players.

Please note thatthe teacher of the ensemble should be careful to pick parts which arewell-suited to the players’ abilities.

BANANA BLUES is thefirst piece in this series, and follows a traditional 12-bar blues form.

Please listen tothe mp3 file, which is an electronic example of the piece being played withglockenspiel on 1C, piano on 2B, xylophone on 3B, clarinet on 4A and 'cello on5D.

This page is justfor the score in concert pitch. The parts are available separately at the linksbelow in a variety of pitches, clefs and transpositions (you need to copy and paste the links into a new window):

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1D –

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2D –

3A –

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3D –

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