Brass teachers are increasingly finding themselves teaching groups of several same-pitch instruments (often trumpets or cornets) rather than small ensembles. It is not easy to find material for this kind of trio and this is the reason for the introduction of 3somes: progressive material for three same-pitch instruments.
3somes is a series of collections of music (Book 1, Beginner-Grade 2; Book 2, Grades 3-4; Book 3, Grades 5-6; Book 4, Grades 7-8) where the elements of rhythm, pitch and expression are introduced progressively and the music always sounds real. The music for each grade observes the restrictions of compass and key specified by examination boards.
Book 1 of 3somes leads the beginner player gradually from the one note G, second line, to a stage aligning with the Grade 2 requirements of the examination boards. New elements, whether pitches, rhythms, dynamics, tempo markings or articulations, are introduced gradually through a wide variety of music chosen from many countries and many periods.
The first book of 3somes benefits from the principles established in fun4brass. For example, there are lots of rounds, which young players really enjoy. It’s a good idea to play each new round in unison before allocating the order of entries. Tempi are not suggested for the rounds: it’s more fun to work out what sounds (and feels) best. You can end either when the last voice completes its part or all together when the first voice completes its part. Experimentation and discussion will give the answer.
Fingering is marked when a new note first appears, but not again. All players should be given a chance to play each part before moving on to the next piece as a new note may appear in only one of the parts in any particular piece. (The plastic ring-bound playing scores contain all three parts, open flat and have strong card covers.) Rests have been included in the music from an early stage as young players often say that having their own ‘real’ part with their own distinctive pattern of rests makes them feel that they’re playing ‘real’ music.
Since rhythms have to be kept fairly simple at this stage it has not been possible to introduce as much ‘world music’ as desirable, but this is remedied in the later volumes now in preparation.
PP0069. Plastic ring-bound 48-page playing score £7.80; US $15.60.
3somes BOOK 1 . DANCES . JAZZ STANDARDS . KALEIDOSCOPES . MARCHES . MUSIC HALL SONGS . NURSERY RHYMES . ROUNDS . SPIRITUALS . 58 PIECES FROM AMERICA .
AUSTRALIA . AUSTRIA . BOHEMIA . ENGLAND . FRANCE . GERMANY . ITALY . RUSSIA . WALES . . . . . . . . . .