I have designed this method to have every tune accompanied by a complimentary duet piece. Combining the tune and duet will take the student to the next level quickly with their accurate playing and knowledge.
The following are some suggestions as to how the DUETS may be applied...
One Piano? Play the duet portion up higher on the piano.
Two Pianos? Take turns playing each part. On electric pianos try playing each part with two different sounds (BASSOON OR STRINGS ARE ALWAYS EFFECTIVE). Find a variety of musical instrument combinations.
CLASSROOM? This method of piano instruction can be used very effectively in group settings. Divide the class into two groups. It is best to view each person alone to know they know their part and are applying themselves properly, understanding everything they are playing. When more than two pianos play the part it can add a powerful dimension, however it allows room for those not sure of themselves to hide amidst the sound. Try dividing the class allowing those not so advanced to play the LEFT HAND LETTERS only while the others play the melody.
KEYBOARD THAT RECORDS? Record the main part with the sound of your choice into the keyboard. Play it back and play along using the DUET part with another sound on your keyboard. The different sounds will add another dimension to your final piece.
CASSETTE RECORDER? A creative way for those seeking a partner for duet playing is to record yourself on a cassette recorder. Be sure to count out loud for 4 beats - 1 2 3 4 before you start playing. Then you play back the cassette and play along with the DUET part. Surely a way to make practicing interesting and fun!
FRIENDS PLAY OTHER INSTRUMENTS? If you have a friend that plays violin, guitar, or flute you can now play together using our DUETS. These will better prepare you and your partner for more advanced material. You will quickly learn to listen to each other as you play, and to respect each others ability.
REMEMBER!!! Using a metronome or counting out loud... OR BOTH is essential for effective ensemble playing.