Duets Member Challenge


This challenge is all about playing music with a partner — welcome to the Duets Challenge! Throughout the month you will be working on a piece of music from your grade out of the Academy’s Graded Duets for Classical Guitar book. (You do not need the book to participate — all of the duets from the book can be found in the Duets Repertoire Library.)

For this challenge you may choose what piece you would like to work on. Whereas in other challenges we have asked you to work at your grade level, for this challenge you may want to consider working below your level unless you feel confident about working on your current grade in an ensemble setting. The goal here is to make the added challenge of working with a duet partner more manageable.

If you do not have a partner to work with, we will assign you a partner if you need one. But if you see someone else who also needs a partner, consider asking them if they would like to partner with you!


You may choose what piece you like from the Graded Duets Repertoire Library.


  • Week 1 Video (or audio): Saturday, May 4th
  • Week 2 Video: Saturday, May 11th
  • Niki’s Office Hours: Sunday, May 12th at 4pm NYC time
  • Dave’s Office Hours: Wednesday, May 15th at 9am NYC time
  • Week 3 Video: Saturday, May 18th
  • Niki’s Office Hours: Sunday, May 19th at 1pm NYC time
  • Dave’s Office Hours: Wednesday, May 22nd at 11am NYC time
  • Week 4 Video: Friday, May 24th (so that I can collect all videos by Saturday)
  • Live Wrap-up Session: Sunday, May 26th at 4pm NYC time

*Please be sure to get your final video posted by Friday, May 24th NYC time so that we can gather your videos for the wrap-up session on Sunday, May 28!


If you are new to the Duets Member Challenges, here are a couple of resources to help you with surmounting the technological hurdles:

How to Edit Guitar Duets in Windows

One of our members graciously provided a couple of tutorials on editing video and audio for duets across distance. Go here to check out the Windows tutorial.

How to Edit Guitar Duets in iMovie

If you happen to be on a Mac device using iMovie, you’ll want to check out this tutorial.