Now in stock! 24 all original duets for grades 6-8 by Keri Degg. Containing a multitude of styles from Swing, Celtic, contemporary, classical, Rock and more, these are a must have for the intermediate to advanced player wanting to improve their playing.
As the duets are all original, no 'cheating' can take place by already knowing the melodies so good tactical mathematical skills must be employed. Some of the duets zone in on intonation, others on rhythmic precision, or expression. There are a number of light hearted duets in the collection which provide welcome relief amidst exam study work (after all, music should be fun too!).
The duets can be played on either two same saxophones (e.g Alto/Alto, or Tenor)/Tenor), or two same pitched saxophones (Alto/Baritone, or Soprano/Tenor, however the higher pitched sax should play the top part in this line up). Alternatively, you can play the duets as an Alto/Tenor combination by making use of the included additional lower part for this purpose.
The duets stick mainly to the keys and note ranges for the given grades but there are occasional exceptions (in our opinion this is good preparation for what is to come ahead) and generally the lower Saxophone part (Sax 2) is a little easier in standard (although often the melody line will switch from player to player to share the tune and encourage sympathetic listening skills).
You can listen to an audio sample of The Chase (from the Grade 8 section) here;
"This is a really good book of duets to play with either a duet partner or a more advanced pupil. There are lots of Challenges, interesting textures (the Desert Scapes duet has some really nice effects), catchy tunes in interesting & varied styles (I like the Bugs on the Bananas one which goes through Calypso, Doloroso, Klezmer, Mozart, and Faure variations!). There is plenty of humour, and I like the little directions from the composer at the top of each duet. One to pack in my bag every week!"