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« on: Mar 13, 2013, 09:50PM »

My 12 year old son started trombone this school year and wants to join band next year  ( he got kicked out this year one month in ).  He really really wants to play in band and was very disappointed.   I used to play trombone and still play a couple other instruments so took on the daily task of temporary music teacher to get him up to speed by next year.   After a few lessons I caught the bug and got my own trombone again - 30 years later!

It turns out it was a great decision, his learning is accelerating, I'm starting to remember how to play again and we are really having fun - especially playing the beginner duets in the beginner book 'a song a day' on advice from the forums here.   So....  we are looking for beginner level duets!   Any advice or pointers?   I'm almost ready to start writing out my own...


ps. thanks to this forum I got him a king 605 in great shape off craigs list for 100 bucks and myself an olds super which I love.
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 13, 2013, 10:43PM »

I believe that there are several levels of the Rubank method book, and each has duets scattered throughout. Its a light blue colored book, and the "intermediate" is a good step up for the Arbans book. They are also mostly devoid of "baby songs".
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 13, 2013, 11:07PM »

The Arbans is great for easy duets.  The lower part is usually easier than the higher part too so it should be manageable one way or another.  I'd stay away from Blazhevich for a while  Evil  Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 13, 2013, 11:23PM »

Philip Sparke - Starter Duets.  Seriously great for beginners, very progressive.
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 14, 2013, 04:43AM »

Rubank has two books of duets edited by Voxman.  The Easy-Intermediate one should fill the bill.

There was also a set of duets edited by Keith Snell that come as Easy, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Good luck and have fun.
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 14, 2013, 06:39AM »

Selected Duets for Trombone or Baritone: Volume 1 - Easy to Medium (Rubank Educational Library)
http://www.amazon.com/Selected-Duets-Trombone-Baritone-Educational/dp/1423445392

Is a very nice duett book for beginners. When advancing, try

Ten Duets For Tenor Trombones
Tommy Pederson
http://www.hickeys.com/products/007/sku07834.htm

These are really fun, but one needs to be able to sustain jazzy accords + rythms
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 14, 2013, 09:13AM »

Thanks a lot folks!  The Rubank selected and spark start duets are on their way from amazon.  :D
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« Reply #7 on: Mar 14, 2013, 10:11AM »

Here are a couple trombonist's websites that have some duets to download free.

http://tenorposaune.com/sheetmusic.php#ensembles

http://www.bonezone.org/_Main/downloads/downloads_index.htm
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« Reply #8 on: Mar 14, 2013, 10:20AM »

Rubank and Amsden's Famous are my favorites for legit duets. 
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« Reply #9 on: Mar 14, 2013, 12:20PM »

Wow, a dad who will pick up the trombone and play duets with his son.  I wish I had had that.

When I recently set out to learn the cello i was attracted to the "Dotzauer Violoncellschule" method because almost every exercise has both a "student" part and a "teacher" part.  Duets! Which i plugged into my computer to play along with.

Of course, you will need to pick and choose among them for suitability but most are quite accessible and lie well within a normal trombone range.

It's Public Domain and free on the internet for you to download and print out.

http://imslp.org/wiki/Violoncellschule_%28Dotzauer,_Friedrich%29


And now I want to hear how he got kicked out of band in one month.  :D
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« Reply #10 on: Mar 14, 2013, 12:57PM »

Thanks for those cello duets.  They look quite useful.
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« Reply #11 on: Mar 14, 2013, 04:13PM »

the cornette method book also has some great duets
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« Reply #12 on: Mar 15, 2013, 05:50AM »

I like using a French duet collection with my students, titled "Trombonades- 30 Petites Pieces." The composer is Yvonne Desportes, published by Billaudot, which may be distributed by Presser. Hickey's and Sheet Music Plus carry it. Simple rhythms, I don't think it goes over an F above the staff. Good practice tuning octaves, fifths, fourths. The tunes have a French modal flair to them, not usually what we hear around these environs. Charming little pieces!

There's an easy set of duets from Tommy Pederson, "10 Duets For Trombone." (Not to be confused with his harder stuff.) Range is maybe up to a G or Ab, simple rhythms, but put together in some tricky ways. No key signatures, he uses accidentals as needed. He modulates around so much, it would probably be more confusing to HAVE key signatures. Just a style of notation that most students are not used to. Some pretty bits, and some humor.

Hickey's has it here...
http://www.hickeys.com/products/003/sku03686.htm


This thread could come in handy for lots of folks, so I'm going to "sticky" it so that it stays up near the top. Keep those suggestions coming, folks!
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« Reply #13 on: Mar 15, 2013, 07:54AM »

which cornet method?
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« Reply #14 on: Mar 15, 2013, 08:16AM »

which cornet method?

It's by a guy named Cornette.  I believe it's published for Trumpet/Cornet and for Trombone.
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« Reply #15 on: Mar 15, 2013, 10:31AM »

It's by a guy named Cornette.  I believe it's published for Trumpet/Cornet and for Trombone.

yea there is a method by Cornette here is the link
http://www.hickeys.com/products/000/sku00451.htm
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« Reply #16 on: Nov 08, 2013, 07:15PM »


Just a followup post.  He got into band this year and is doing great!  I'm not playing with him as often now because I'm usually making his supper during practice time since the neighbor complained about the noise after 8 ( geese ), but he has learned to practice well on his own and is sticking with it.  Those duets have done the trick!   Thanks!  :D
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« Reply #17 on: Nov 28, 2013, 10:35AM »

Maybe try the Voxman Selected Duets for Trombone?
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« Reply #18 on: Dec 04, 2013, 07:31PM »

Just a followup post.  He got into band this year and is doing great! 


that's great to hear!

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I'm not playing with him as often now because I'm usually making his supper during practice time since the neighbor complained about the noise after 8 ( geese ), but he has learned to practice well on his own and is sticking with it.  Those duets have done the trick!   Thanks!  :D

Geese?  How about a couple of bucket mutes?  Those aren't too fatal on the intonation and quiet things down a bit.
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« Reply #19 on: Dec 19, 2013, 10:25AM »

I'll note that I have posted my MIDI play-along set of Dotzauer duet exercises in this thread.
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