Away in a Manger Fiddle Duet

Happy holidays, everyone!

This week I arranged the classic Christmas carol Away in a Manger for twin fiddles. I’ve already taught this arrangement to a couple students and so far it’s getting pretty high marks. I know I’m having fun playing it.

This arrangement is good for beginning, intermediate AND advanced players, depending on which part of the accompaniment you play!

The melody line is beginner-friendly — just the same melody repeated three times.

On our first pass through the tune, the accompaniment is a simple, beginner-friendly plucked line.

On the second pass through the tune, the accompaniment is a little more demanding, but nothing too crazy — just some long open double-stops.

On our final pass through the tune, we’ll pull out all the stops…or should I say double-stops? The accompaniment here is written in three-part harmony, so the second fiddler will be playing wall-to-wall double-stops!

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