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101 Easy Practice Duets Full Band Bundle

By Brad Carman

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Woodwind Duet, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Horn in F, Euphonium, Brass Duet, Concert Band, Collection of Duet Books for Beginning Wind Instruments - Easy/Beginner
Composed by Brad Carman. Etudes and Exercises, Classroom, Technique Training. 636 pages. Published by Brad Carman (S0.225049).

Item Number: S0.225049

This full-band bundle contains 10 Duet books, each with 101 simple, fun, and educational etudes in duet form. Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn in F, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, and Tuba are all represented.

Although there is not universal compatibility, the same content is included in all 10 books. There are some duets that have been moved to other keys to keep certain instruments within a manageable range. However, oboe is 100% compatible with flute, horn with clarinet, and all low brass, trumpet, and bassoon can play together on all 101 duets AND their variations.

These duets will make an excellent compliment to any beginner method, with the one exception that not all duets can be performed together as a full ensemble. However, the purpose of the book is to get students playing in small groups; 1 (or 2) to a part to develop independence, musicianship, and confidence. 

Ranges are compatible with what is generally expected of a 2nd semester or 2nd year player, although brass ranges are intentionally expanded further into the lower register, yet not as far into the upper.

Rhythms include mostly quarter and half-notes, although 8th notes and dotted rhythms make several appearances.

Time signatures include 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 5/4, and 3/8 (counted in 3), although students are encouraged to ready 4/4 etudes as 2/2 when the time is right.

Most duets are written in diatonic 3rds (major and minor), but whole-tone, modal, and intervallic planing are peppered in, throughout. 

Most key signatures to not venture too far from Concert B-flat, although a few get pretty far out there, PLUS there are a great deal of exercises that challenge students to read multiple accidentals. There is even a group of exercises that can be played in any of the 15 key signatures.

Although the collection is not a method, it is designed to teach. Within the pages are suggestions, tips, reminders, critical listening questions, and invitations to try things several different ways in order to develop listening skills, performance techniques, aural awareness, and to facilitate musical interpretation.

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  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Madison, WI
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  • 2017-08-18 09:29:17.0 GREAT resource for young musicians

    I am a middle school band teacher. This product is a fantastic tool for ALL band students to jump into chamber playing. Aside from the large selection of appropriate difficulty for young students, students can choose any of their friends to play duets with--it is not restricted to instruments...

    of the same key. I have had dozens of students shy away from chamber playing because they couldn't find a comfortable performance partner. It also comes with great tips and instructions for students to read while playing. Fantastic product.

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  • 5

    Bryan Kujawa
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  • 2017-06-07 20:47:27.0 FANTASTIC! Must Buy!

    This is an absolutely must buy for band directors! Fantastic duets that get progressively more difficult while teaching concepts. Clean layout, very well done, worth it!

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