Today’s post is a throwback of a free arrangement of Jingle Bells that I made a few years ago for a Christmas group lesson. The score includes a short piano solo with a very easy left hand only duet part for piano and parts for rhythm instruments. The individual parts for rhythm instruments can be printed for each instrument so students can get a little taste of what it is like playing in a band or orchestra.
I was planning on posting this last week, but life interfered. Not only do I have a brand new grandson, but in the process of changing servers, my site was down for a while. The baby is great, so cute and cuddly, and this site is working better! When you have a site this big, with so many huge files and years and years of material, any change seems to create a big problem, and when you fix one problem, it causes another one. I’m not technological by any means!
If you are having group lessons this week or next, there is still time to print this for your students. The rhythm instrument parts are for beginners and no practice is necessary.
The piano part also stands alone as a piano solo without the duet or the rhythm instruments. Or you can use a piano part out of a Christmas book.
The easy one hand duet part (which is actually an accompaniment) can also be played on an electric bass, a keyboard, melody bells or any other tuned instrument that sounds good with your piano.
What I like about this arrangement is that there is something for everyone, so if you happen to have group lessons with all levels, every student will have something to do.
I also thought this would be fun for a musical family to play when they get together for the holidays. If you don’t have any rhythm instruments, improvise with whatever you have around the house! I use my set of rhythm instruments frequently in my teaching, but especially around the Christmas holidays!