Sheet Music Downloads
Duck Baker is in the process of writing out a substantial part of his vast repertoire, and will be sharing as much as possible here for sale. The price per piece will vary according to the format. Some of the tunes have been written out in music and tab with a Sibelius program, and these come with a slowed-down midi recording that will give an indication of exactly how the arrangement should sound (in a few cases the midi really doesn’t work, so a very slow guitar run-through will be used). The price for these will be £3, which work out to about €4, or $5 per tune, but PayPal only allows one currency to be used, so pounds it is.
Please note that the swing and jazz arrangements are just that – arrangements. These PDF’s are typically a couple of pages long (the tune descriptions will indicate how long each one is), and only reflect how the tunes themselves are to be played, not the improvisations or variations typical of performance for the swing and jazz tunes. That part of it would be a deeper study. Students who do want to get into depth should remember that Duck is available for Skype lessons, and can offer reduced rates for those who purchase significant numbers of downloads.
If anyone is wondering about the level of difficulty of the swing and jazz tunes, they represent the repertoire of a working musician and were not designed for teaching beginners and intermediate students. Some familiarity with fingerpicking is certainly necessary, but for players who are comfortable with any sort of ragtime playing, playing the swing and jazz arrangements here will certainly be within reach.
At some point we will offer pieces that have been scanned either from old tab books, music books, or magazines, which will be sold for half the price of the better quality Sibelius scores. These will NOT include any MP3. At some point, some rougher copies done with pencil on tab or music/tab paper may be added at bargain basement rates. So if anyone has requests for Duck Baker tunes or arrangements that are not available here, please let us know. The idea is that more and more tunes will be added in the months and years to come.
PLEASE NOTE: Mr. Baker is finding it necessary to cut back on public performances and will be increasing dependent on website sales and Skype lessons, so please do NOT spread these arrangements around, especially online! Teachers who want to use them, please consider finding a way to get students to make a contribution. Thanks!
The main idea is going to be to make available arrangements that haven’t been available before, either in TAB books that came with records or with Duck’s many tutorial books, DVD’s, etc. But some of those pieces will be here, too.
These arrangements are now available, and more are on the way!
1) Buddy Bolden’s Blues
2) Doing the New Lowdown
3) Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
4) When I Grow Too Old To Dream
6) Limehouse Blues
7) It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
8) Makin’ Whoopie
9) Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
10) I’ll See You In My Dreams
11) For Dancers Only