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101 Easy Practice Duets for Clarinet (Below the Break)

By Brad Carman

Clarinet, Woodwind Duet - Easy/Beginner
Composed by Brad Carman. Etudes and Exercises, Technique Training. 63 pages. Published by Brad Carman (S0.220805).

Item Number: S0.220805

These duets are written with the first year clarinet player in mind, although the collection can be effective for use with intermediate players as well. The collection will work as a great compliment to any beginning band or trumpet method book, as it introduces and reinforces basic concepts throughout. Unlike many progressive duet books this book does not get too hard too fast, yet exposes young players to a lot of essential concepts and musical variety.

For maximum accessibility, many of the duets are 8 to 16 bars long, written with half-notes and quarter-notes in parallel 3rds, predictable harmony, and very modest range, (eventually expanding down low E, but never above the break, B-flat in the staff). There is only very sparse use of dotted rhythms and triplets, and no pick-ups, 8th-note up-beats, or 16th notes.

However, this collection is unique in that is also features less-familiar accidentals, contrary motion (which tends to challenge young ears, especially among brass players), independent rhythm and counterpoint, major and minor, modal and whole-tone compositions, less-familiar time signatures, (3/4, 3/8, and 5/4, especially), and even an introduction to the circle of 4ths.

A majority of the duets come without tempo, style, or articulation markings to allow students and teachers the freedom to mix it up as much as possible or as necessary based on skill level. (Beginners are encouraged to play at a slow, steady tempo with a very big sound for all duets unless otherwise marked or directed by their teacher.) Many duets are presented more than once to offer additional challenges or in order to make comparisons between major and minor, or different keys and time signatures.

These can be used as bite-sized confidence builders for beginning players, sight-reading and intonation studies for intermediate players, or as very basic material for the introduction of transposition, ornamentation, or the E-flat, Bass, and other clarinets. Excellent for the studio teacher and a great, easy resource for busy band directors with ambitious beginners and budding doublers!

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  • 5

    Darlayne Coughlin
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  • 2017-05-09 12:58:42.0 Great Supplement to Method Book

    Using with both beginners (near the end of year 1) and players nearing the end of their 2nd year - it's been a nice supplement to what they get from their method book.

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    Diana Reents
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  • 2017-05-08 13:42:51.0 Awesome for students!!

    I teach both middle school band and private clarinet lessons. It is obvious that this book is written with student musical growth as the number one priority. I like that the composer gives practice suggestions and descriptions of new concepts on every page written in very student friendly language. The...

    duets start out simple enough for beginners, but quickly introduce accidentals, new time signatures, and independent rhythms.

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