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Duets - Accompaniments
Best ways to practice and learn playing with someone
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Pete_Violin
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Recently in my journey with violin I have had the opportunity to play a couple duets.  The biggest challenges I have had are going from playing alone to playing with someone else.

The latest one I am trying I’ve run into timing issues, having to stop and start, losing my place, etc.   Playing the piece on my own, I have a lot less trouble.  I am not sure if I am just nervous, or just having trouble playing with someone else. 

I practiced the piece a few days prior to meeting with my duet partner and the piece is not very demanding.  It’s just German folk dance in my lesson book.  Also, this was not performed in front of anyone... just us two.

I do want to play more duets and accompaniment in the future.  I hope I don’t develop some kind of phobia playing with others.  

If anyone has recommendations for the best ways to learn duets please feel free to let me know.  Thank you. 

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Fiddlerman
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June 4, 2018 - 11:07 am
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There is a possibility that your partner is not counting correctly. 🙂
In order to play with a partner both parties must have the same timing, count correctly, etc.

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DUET UPDATE

Since I first added this topic, I have played a couple more duets with my violist friend.  I practiced more and was much more prepared.  Things went much better.

I still get a little nervous or lose count, but I am sure it is just getting used to it.

- Pete -

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Yes, it gets easier all the time and it's very rewarding to play with others.

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OK, so Lorna and I ready for a duet...

me - OK go...

L - you are meant to count in 

me - OK, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, 

both of us - fits of laughter...

me - lets go backwards, 3,2,1...

both of us start - sounds awful!!!

L - what are you playing?

me - Tennessee Waltz, what are you playing?

L - Faded Love

both of us - fits of laughter...

This duet thing not working out too good so far...

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Mimi Aysha said
OK, so Lorna and I ready for a duet...

me - OK go...

L - you are meant to count in 

me - OK, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, 

both of us - fits of laughter...

me - lets go backwards, 3,2,1...

both of us start - sounds awful!!!

L - what are you playing?

me - Tennessee Waltz, what are you playing?

L - Faded Love

both of us - fits of laughter...

This duet thing not working out too good so far...  

OMG!!!!

Thats freaking funny!!!!!!!!!!

- Pete -

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June 15, 2018 - 11:17 am
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It's the beginning of something fantastic!!!

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but the one who needs the least."

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