The British Grenadiers
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.
You will hear this tune a lot in movies
Just a few that I have seen myself in which this duet music is featured are
- Horatio Hornblower,
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,
- The Italian Job,
- The Patriot,
- Pride & Prejudice 2005,
- Diamonds Are Forever, and
My favorite version of different variations
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.
Familiarity of chord inversions is helpful
The secondo requires some understanding of chord inversions. Practice with those inversion fingerings is helpful, too:
An all-on-one-page arrangement
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.
Unusual fingering for beginner pianists
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!
The links to the duet music:
Download primo part of British Grenadiers duet
Download secondo of piano duet music British Grenadiers
Download free piano all-in-one duet sheet music The British Grenadiers
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Printable piano music What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor, late elementary & first-year sheets! This may be your student's favorite for a long time.
The Wellerman: sheet music & lyrics for piano & other instruments. Such a fun, high-energy song to sing & play - learn it fast with letters in the notes!
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Songs Old & Songs New
All the first-year material I give my beginner students.
Piano keyboard sheets, scales, chords, note-reading exercises, and over 256 pages of music!
Queen Esther in the Bible
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells the riveting story of the time when Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a brave young queen risked her life to save her people.
A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!
This book is also available from Amazon as a paperback.
Just the Black Keys
This book is available as a digital download from this site. Visit this page to see some free examples from the book.
It is also available from Amazon as a paperback!
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.
The Adventures of Tonsta
A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls.
The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.
With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.
Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!
Available at Amazon
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Hi, I'm Dana! (Say that like "Anna".) I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.
Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.
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