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  1. Awesome; thank you! I'd never heard of this site.
  2. Thanks! ... What is ABC notation? (I have a LOT of musical training ... I've played cello for 30+ years, as well as a lot of early music instruments, but all of my music has been written on various staffs, and this whole chord marking business is new to me, as are all these notations.)
  3. Wow, I learn something new every day!
  4. Thanks! I admit, these are unfamiliarly notated ... and outside of the range of my instrument, but very interesting regardless. Was it standard practice to write both hands on the same staff lines? I've never seen it before. (My knowledge in this matter is extremely limited!)
  5. Hahahaha ... great name! Sound like a really useful book. I'll look into getting a copy. Thanks!!
  6. Thanks for the references! Very much appreciated! Ah, I think I'm not quite being clear, then ... I can certainly make chords. What I'm looking for is the best way to use them. What are the correct rhythms for the various dance or country tunes? How should they be broken down? What gets accented? These are the types of things I'm looking for in an arrangement. I have lots of books with chords marked for all the melodies, and I can play them, for sure! I just don't know all the other stuff, and so It's really helpful for me to have a tune with both hands fully written out.
  7. I had no idea! Great tip; thanks!
  8. Hey, thanks! This is about the level I'm looking for, for sure. I'll have to dig around in this list; the quick look I just took was mostly out of the Elise's range. But I could definitely play these on the recorder, so that's a win!
  9. Absolutely right. A duet works somehwat like a guitar where you can come a long way knowing the chord positions on the fingerboard. In my opinion, here is one valid strategy to tackle arrangements: - memorize your chord positions and practice chord changes on the left until you get fluent. It is a good exercise trying to do this in as many keys as possible. - practice a few basic accompaniment patterns such as oohm-pa, pa-oohm, oohm-pa-pa and arpeggios. When doing so, generally avoid the third in accompaniments (which is of course a rule that can be broken whenever it suits the piece). - when tackling a new piece, refer to the fake chord symbols to decide which chord to finger. Then pick a pattern appropriate for the piece and practice it against the melody. - As you keep getting fluent at this, you may wish to embellish your left hand work using for example walking basses, pattern deviations and variations, breaks and full chord emphasis of single notes. Thanks! This assumes a level of knowledge I don't yet have, which is why I was trying to find some more thorough arrangements. I don't know the basic accompaniment patterns. I am primarily an early musician; all my long previous training stopped at the Baroque, basically. So stylistically, this is all fairly new to me and I don't yet know what is appropriate. I am not an improviser. I do not "jam." On the plus side, I can play the rebec and I own an entire consort of recorders ....
  10. Eeeeeenteresting. A lot of the books I've been playing from do have chord markings, but that's what I'm trying to get away from ... the accordion books are a good idea. I don't mind Sousa ... in moderation! Thanks.
  11. I will look for these; thanks very much. A question, though: how do you go about adapting for the Hayden keyboard?
  12. This seems the most likely! Thank you!!
  13. >You may have trouble finding part music for viola (LH) and violin or flute (RH) that doesn't exceed the ranges of the Elise (in either hand or both). I already experience this problem ... the range is so small. And I can't tell you how much I want a G#! (An Eb would be awfully nice too.) >I would recommend trying arrangements for two recorders in C (i.e., soprano or tenor, or one of each). I think it should be possible to find these at various levels of difficulty, and at least the beginning ones shouldn't go beyond the range of the Elise's two hands. I do have a lot of recorder music, although very little of it is duets. But what a good idea!
  14. Thank you! I actually downloaded this yesterday ... I haven't had a chance to play through any of it yet. Some of the pieces on the latter pages look rather promising!
  15. Thank you! I can read music with a double staff, no problem, although I tend to find it a little confusing when the bottom line is in treble clef and not bass. That I can fix, though! I will look for the Townsend book.
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