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How To Use This Book Let's start with why I wrote Simply Duets. I found that playing a song with other musicians is fun. But playing harmony, a descant, chord backup, pentatonic scales, bass runs, arpeggiated chords, chop chords, and all of the other lovely ways to complement the melody is what makes music fun and challenging for me.

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To that end I wrote various songs in duet style. There is a melody page and some harmony pages. There are what I call 'call and response' songs, like Get Up and Bar the Door. Many players don't know there is another way to play along with a song. It is my hope in writing this book, that I can inspire players to find another place to play the melody, a harmony, or just some fun back-up to challenge their skills and make a more lovely sound when playing with others.
How Many Ways Are There To Play a Song?
In this book you will find:
  • Some songs with melody and harmony
  • Some with melody, harmony and arpeggiating (fingerpicking)
  • Some songs with a 'call and response'
  • Chords to back up a melody
    • Chords in three positions on the fretboard
    • Chop chords
    • Chord runs
    • Arpeggiated chords
    • Chord progressions
    • Diamond chords
  • Pentatonic Scales
  • Cheating off the Guitar player using photos and schematics
  • Singing and playing

    All The Good Times America, The Beautiful
    Auld Lang Syne Aura Lee
    Blessed Quietness Blind Mary
    Chord Back Up, Styles Chord D-A-D
    Chord Fingerpicking & Arpeggiating Chord In Three Areas
    Chord Progression Chord Runs
    Chord Shape Finder Dixie
    Down In the Valley Key of D Down In the Valley Key of G
    Down In the Willow Garden Down The Brae
    Fire Song Get Up And Bar the Door
    Goin' Home Good Old Man
    Guitar/Dulcimer Chords I'll Give My Love An Apple
    I've Got Peace Like A River Jesus, Won't You Come By Here?
    Lavender's Blue Lavender's Blue Arpeggiated
    Midnight Garden My Dear Old Buffalo Boy
    New River Train Ode To Joy
    Paper Of Pins Playing With Others
    Sabbath Home Shenandoah
    Soul's Sweet Home Southwind
    Spanish Is A Loving Tongue There's A Hole In The Bucket
    There's A Long, Long Trail There's More Pretty Girls
    True Lover's Farewell Waltzing Matilda
    Water Is Wide Where Will I Shelter My Sheep?

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