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Folksong and Traditional pieces for small groups and duets

The pieces which follow on this page are for group use, possibly of value in group teaching, certainly useful for first concerts and just getting children to listen and play with others! They are traditional,and for the most part well known. MP3s for practise on this page may be more complex than the available download!

Sur Le Pont D'Avignon

A simple duet in G major, the main workout is for guitar 2 which intentionally has lots of bass runs. Guitar 1 is quite easy! Both parts have note name noteheads to help early readers.

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Serafina - Halyard Shanty

This sea shanty has a very easy range for guitar 1, D on string 4, G and A on 3, B, C and D on 2, guitar 2 has simple bass and chord accompaniment using G, D and D7 chords.

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Romanza (Spanish Ballad) Easy A minor version

This piece is better known as a solo in E minor with part 1 around grade 2 level and part 2 around grade 4/5. This version exploits the well known tune lower down the neck and presents an opportunity for bass note work also.

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Volga Boat Song

This arrangement is an opportunity to practise slow strummed chords in the key of E minor and melody extending to string 4. 

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The Keys of Canterbury

This is an easy duet for beginner guitarists. The folk song melody on strings 4,3,2,1 is in E minor and has note name noteheads to facilitate reading. The accompaniment has a nice rolling feel to get those bass notes and p.i.m.a. styles working, diads on 3 and 2 also! Free to good homes anywhere.... :)

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The Drunken Sailor

This duet has single note parts with note name noteheads and would be suitable for pre-grade one beginners. Key E minor, melody range extends to string 4. Both parts should be learned separately to encourage the pupil with the dreaded bass note reading! The MP3 has a drum track for added interest.

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The Cutty Wren

A much loved folk tune. This duet has a single note melody with note name noteheads and would be suitable for pre-grade one beginners. Key E minor, melody range extends to string 3, top note is A on 1. The second part is a harder arpeggiated accompaniment which could be played by teacher or another student around grade 1 level.

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Spanish Ladies

Easy single note melody of this English sea song with a simple bass and chord accompaniment which could be played by teacher or another student around grade 1 level.

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MacPherson's Lament

Scottish folksong arranged for guitar duet. I forgot to upload this last week, so here it is.... Guitar 1 is the melody in A mixolydian (D major key signature) It introduces high B on string 1 and could be played up the neck in 5th postion if desired. Guitar 2 is a free arpeggiated accompaniment. Sounds a bit like a banjo duet on Scorch, so here is an MP3 of the full folk arrangement I did so you can play along with something nicer....

 

 

 

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