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Sarah2 another bad folkie needs advice (9) RE: another bad folkie needs advice 11 Feb 01


Hi, big joe,

I played half of a duet for about 13 years. I think it's the hardest group format in the world. No room for error one either person's part -- it SHOWS when one of you is off. You can neither say, "Well, that's my interpretation (tonight, anyway)," as a single act can, and there's no one covering the error, as trios etc. can. Duets demand real concentration on every song.

Both of us played guitar as our primary instrument. I took up the tenor banjo for the occassional song, but usually we traded out playing lead/rhythm. My partner was a much better guitarist than I, but he used a flat pick and I fingerpick. We'd capo at different positions and play different progressions to get a different sound. In other words, as Gary T lists above. We mixed up our rhythms in performance, making and effort to switch them around. And we worked like dogs on our harmony and timing.

And I gotta say it was worth the effort. I learned a lot, just working up songs to fit our format, and working with our format to fit the songs.

When you get it right as a duet, you know it, and it's great.

Sarah


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