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Fantastic ArrangersSara's voiceDuet HarmonyMaybelle's StyleThe Carter ScratchMusical Blueprint

Duet Harmony (0:48)

Duet harmony is for me is one of the great magical things in music. And one of the things that singing as a duet affords you is -- as opposed to if you sing in a quartet or a trio, where you, kind of, have to take your part and stick there so that you don't bump into any of the other singers -- when you're singing in a duet you have this great freedom to sing whatever note you want to sing. And Sara and Maybelle do that where they will go into unison and then they'll split to a broader harmony and you get to create all this different texture and emotional stuff, and I know that's what my partner, Dave, and I try to do.

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