Duet music "The British Grenadiers" for piano, free!
Your students will recognize this catchy fife-and-drum tune if they have ever watched a movie with British Redcoats in it anywhere.
This particular military tune is used A LOT in movies: Just a few that I have seen myself in which this duet music is featured are
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,
The Italian Job,
Pride & Prejudice 2005,
Diamonds Are Forever, and
Like many older tunes, there may be variations on the melody. This is my favorite version, with separate pages for primo and secondo:
Please scroll down the page for the links to the printable PDFs.
The secondo requires some understanding of chord inversions. Practice with those inversion fingerings is helpful, too:
Below is the more crowded arrangement I have had up on this page for several years...
I decided that it is just too confusing for young players to pick out the primo part with all those competing staffs! However, this version might be handy for older players and also teachers:
Like Garry Owen, another duet on this site, the setting of this duet music is like a choral piece, or a band director's score.
I wrote it this way so I could hear it re-played on my computer (and check accuracy). It is a new experience for my students, but great practice reading scores.
Please be aware that in the Primo, the student's thumbs do NOT go together, but are side-by-side.
There are a couple of tricky spots to read, where the eighth notes are flagged instead of beamed together, but this is an opportunity for you to explain to your students (as I have done) that flagged eighths and beamed eighths are just the same!
And the limitations of computers (or, perhaps, HUMANS) are such that I couldn't figure out how to make my computer program beam together the eighth notes in the two different staffs.
The Secondo has some tricky spots but should not be too hard, if your student has ever done chord inversions. The "drumming" rhythm that keeps popping up in the duet music sounds like a flourish, and is fun!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.
Do you have a funny story about this music, or does it remind you of something you'd like to share with other readers? Do you have a question? I'd love to hear it!
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