Duets – Learn to Create Duets
These duets are written – out of the NEED for you to learn to SEE and HEAR what the accompaniments SHOULD be doing. I wrote the basic melody line on either the top or 2nd staff – and the accompaniment on the other staff.
The bass style is level 2 or 3 with the melody – sometimes level 1. The Accompaniment is level 3 to 4.
The PRACTICE EXERCISE
- Play the melody – SOLO
- Then grab what counter melody and chords you can add – from the accompaniment
- During the LONG melody notes – add what the accompaniment is doing
- AND SEE the chord structure – so you can add chords – in this style of song
- Learn from the bass style I chose to use – a lot of “end of measure” PUSHES
- PRACTICE – Bass Styles
CHALLENGE: NOW take this basic accompaniment style and play it along with other simple tunes you know
Happy Wanderer is written – in three separate parts –
- Study and practice PART 3 – see the chord positions.
- Study and practice PART 2 – see how the long notes in from the melody are FILLED IN WITH RUNS.
- Now – Play the melody and ADD as many of these runs from PART 2 as you can
Mack the Knife is written – in three separate parts –
Search for these OTHER DUETS:
- Daydream Believer – Level 2
- Happy Wanderer – Level 2
- Brown Eyed Girl – Level 3
- My Boyfriend’s Back – Level 2.5
- Norwegian Wood – Level 1