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Elementary Duets, Volume 1, for Bells/Xylophone

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By Jim Evans

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Marimba, Xylophone, Percussion Ensemble - Easy/Beginner - Digital Download
Composed by Jim Evans. 21st Century, Repertoire, Recital. 8 pages. Published by Jim Evans (S0.211891).

Item Number: S0.211891

A collection of four duets written with the youngest players in mind!

  • Ranges limited so that students can focus on rhythmic accuracy, tone quality, dynamics, and expression.
  • Rhythms are limited to whole, dotted half, half, quarter, and paired eighth notes. Rhythms that even the youngest musicians can count! No syncopation!
  • No pick-ups! Each piece starts on a downbeat so the kids can come in with confidence!
  • Each piece is about one minute in length to accommodate the limited stamina of younger players.
  • A variety of styles and moods to motivate students
  • Every measure of each part and score is numbered! You're welcome! ;)
  • Duets may be performed by any two instruments, with like or mixed instrumentation, but if you use mixed instrumentaion you may have better results if upper instruments play the top line and lower instruments play the bottom line. Also, it may be preferable to avoid having two tubas, as the results may be less desirable.
  • Books for Flute/Oboe, Bb treble, Eb treble, Tenor Saxophone, Horn, Bass Clef, Tuba, Bells/Xylophone


Sneaking Around
Meter: 4/4
Key: Bb
Range: Low A - G
Focus: Staccato, Slur, Phrasing, Dynamic Contrast

Country Dance
Meter: 3/4
Key: Bb
Range: Low A  G
Focus: Staccato, Triple Meter, Phrasing

All Aboard!
Meter: 4/4
Key: C minor
Range: Bb - Ab
Focus: Staccato, Slur, Phrasing, Dynamic Contrast,
Note: The second part on this piece may be expecially challenging for young flute, oboe, and trombone players.

Give and Take
Meter: 3/2
Key: Bb
Range: Bb - F
Focus: Interplay between voices, especially contrasting staccato and legato, Triple Meter
Note: The meter signature of 3/2 allows for livelier rhythmic content without presenting sixteenth notes. Students should be able to read it in 6/4, then perform it in three when they get a "feel" for it.Elementary Duets, Volume 1

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