Simple Christmas Starters for 2
12 easy-level festive duets, ideal for young (or not-so-young) families who would like to make music together. Build fluency and strengthen confidence in reading notes and rhythms, while developing ensemble skills. Why not polish up a couple of tunes to entertain friends or family at Christmas, in person or by video conference?
This set comes with links (embedded in a PDF document) to helpful ‘bouncing ball’ YouTube practice videos. Follow your part while listening to how the two lines fit together – or try playing along! The bouncing ball will help with counting rests, tricky entries or just identifying places where rhythms or timing are not quite accurate – a really useful practice tool.
- Part 1: Flute/Oboe
- Part 2: Clarinet in B-flat (or Part 2: Bassoon*)
*The bassoon option to Part 2 is occasionally a little more demanding because of the keys involves (but will suit anyone learning using a band method). If your group doesn’t include a clarinettist, the related set Straightforward Christmas Starters for 2 offers the same material but sometimes in more double-reed-friendly keys.
Parts are well within the scope of players of ABRSM Grade 1 – 2 standard. In the few cases where players have to sustain an independent rhythm, reference to the ‘bouncing ball’ videos should help to resolve any problems with counting.
- We wish you a Merry Christmas
- Good King Wenceslas
- Unto us a Boy is Born
- In the Bleak Mid-Winter
- Away in a Manger
- Joy to the World
- The Holly and the Ivy
- Deck the Hall
- O Come, all ye Faithful
- The First Nowell
- Once in Royal David’s City
- Jingle Bells
The download includes 4 PDF files:
- Complete set of parts for each instrument
- Transposing and concert pitch scores for complete set
- Useful Extras folder – cover sheet, contents list and guidance notes
- Links to access ‘bouncing ball’ play-along practice videos on YouTube
Don’t forget to keep backups of all four files for future reference!