Simple Starters for 2

Simple Starters for Two

15 very easy duets, ideal for young (or not-so-young) families who would like to make music together.  Build fluency and strengthen confidence in reading notes & rhythms, while developing ensemble skills.  Practise up a couple of tunes and perform them to friends or grandparents by video link!

Instrumentation options

  • Part 1: Flute/Oboe
  • Part 2: Clarinet in B-flat (or Bassoon*)

A higher version of Part 1 is also available for flute players who are comfortable with the upper notes.

Standard: Easy

Parts for flute and clarinet are well within the scope of players approaching ABRSM Grade 1 standard.  Oboe players may occasionally require the forked F fingering but, in other respects, parts are again straightforward.

*The bassoon option to Part 2 can be a little more demanding, because of the keys involved (but will suit anyone learning using a band method).  If your group doesn’t include a clarinettist, the related set Straightforward Starters for 2 offers the same material but sometimes in more double-reed-friendly keys.


  • Au Clair de la Lune
  • Articulation Waltz
  • London Bridge is Falling Down
  • Oranges and Lemons
  • Happy Birthday
  • Dudelsack
  • Frere Jacques
  • All Through the Night
  • Sweet Betsy from Pike
  • Menuet (Haydn)
  • Johnny Todd
  • Aura Lee
  • Donkey Riding
  • Land of my Fathers
  • Trot, Trot, Trot

The download includes four PDF files:

  • Complete set of parts for each instrument
  • Transposing and concert pitch scores for the set
  • Useful extras folder – cover sheet, details of how to find the parts you require, contents list, guidance notes.
  • Links to access ‘bouncing ball’ play-along practice videos on YouTube

Don’t forget to keep a back-up of all four files!