The word SCHNIBBLE is a term that means "a little piece of something" - something little that can be tinkered or fiddled with or eventually built upon. I feel that the best way to describe this book is as a collection of SCHNIBBLES.
This collection of duets is the perfect compliment to a beginning band method, as it sets out to expose young players to a broad range of musical situations and challenges but without pushing beyond what most first- and second-year players can manage, (with some practice and a little guidance).
These duets are very short and focused, with limited range and rhythms that do not extend beyond eighth-note subdivision. Care has been taken to approach contrary motion and independent rhythms in a way that builds skill, awareness, and confidence. There ARE challenges, but most will be easily overcome.
As a bonus, all books are compatible with one another for use in FULL-BAND SETTING, SMALL GROUPS, or MIXED-INSTRUMENTATION DUOS, so friends can pair up regardless of their instrument, and teachers can pair up with students without having to play on weak secondary instruments.
Designed for maximum accessibility, the collection introduces many intermediate concepts, (such as 3/8 and 5/4 time, syncopation and "jazzy" rhythms, whole-tone harmony, etc.), but in a way a beginner can digest them. Throughout, students are encouraged to begin thinking beyond the ink by experimenting with articulations, dynamics, and tempo to create their own musical interpretations.
Students (and their teachers) will find this collection to be a practical tool that can be used to reinforce basic skills and musical concepts, but also an entertaining way for students to build confidence and expand their musical horizons. Feel free to play through the collection in order or skip around as desired to coordinate with a band method, learning sequence, or simply to explore.