Simple Christmas Starters for 2

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.

Standard: EASY

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!