Musicians Duet Better

I’m almost sure that many of you have seen bumper stickers with this phrase before.   One of the joys I have during the summer months is to work with a small group of students in private lessons between the June and August.  In these lessons I like to play along with my students.  Duets are actually a wonderful pedagogical resource to use with your students (and are also a ton of fun for them too!).

Several salient points I would make about playing duets:

  •  Students learn to tune to another pitch source/ performer.
  •  Students practice sight-reading skills (we usually decide together who plays which part).
  •  Students learn to adapt to musical nuance and observe individual dynamic changes.
  • Students work in a collaborative environment to decide the nature of matching articulations and phrasing.
  • Students have the opportunity to practice being the “leader”, pick a tempo and cue the start of the duets.

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David Ballam Doctoral Student at the University of Texas at Austin Doublebass Instructor: UT String Project & Round Rock School District BLOG: WEB:
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