Can someone explain this about guitar and piano duets for me?
My girlfriend and I have recently taken up piano and guitar, and we're average beginners i guess. I can play most slow-medium paced songs that don't require finger position change on piano. And she's about as equally good on guitar.
Anyways, we were wondering how we can do a duet? Like how are they normally done? Do you just take the guitar sheet music and the piano sheet music of a song and play it at the same time?
Also, could someone reccomend a easy song to play a duet of?
- Tony BLv 42 months ago
The most important thing is that, however you do it, you're both playing in the same key.
Song books and sheet music usually have right and left hand piano parts, the “top line” (melody) and guitar chords. Often a piece of piano music will include guitar chords too.
- CharlesLv 62 months ago
You do not need a song written for two instruments. Any song can be played on guitar and piano. If you are both beginners, she could strum chords on the guitar while you play the melody on the piano, then switch roles and let her pick out the melody while you play chords. It would help both of you to find qualified teachers.
- HammersteinLv 42 months ago
I'm no expert as I've not been playing long, but I'd expect that it'd sound better if you had a song written for two instruments so that you're both playing a different part of the same song, different notes that go together. I suppose that one thing you could do with a simple, single note melody is to play seven semitones apart, as everything you played between you would make a power chord. As in she plays an E and you play a B, she plays an A and you play an E, etc. Obviously that won't work with more complex music but it's just a suggestion. If you were doing that then the more bass instrument would play the lower note, the higher instrument would play the higher note. One of you could add a note that's either three or four semitones higher than the low note to make a major or minor chord between you. Of course you could also switch which one of you is playing the middle note for a bit of variety, or use full chords on one or both of the instruments too.