Sunday, 21 January 2018

Händel's "Lascia ch'io pianga" - Medium-Easy Trumpet Version

Some weeks ago I found a version of Händel's aria, "Lascia ch'io pianga", in some trumpet book. Quite a coincidence, because at that time I was teaching my pupils other Baroque tunes (Clarke's "Trumpet Voluntary"and Charpentier's "Te Deum Overture") and we were talking about how rich was the ornamentation in Baroque. How something written pretty simple could easily get like this:
Oh boy... let's not get there, at least not yet.
Here's an example track. Not too difficult, right?

Have the music sheet too. You may download the music sheet as PDF, or in MuseScore format, so you can edit, transpose, transcribe and customize it to your own needs.
Click the image to download the format you want:

  

I added on the music sheet some of the ornaments I did, but you feel free to come up with your own ornaments. Here is the backing track:


If you want to know more about Händel 

If you want to know more about "Lascia ch'io pianga"

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Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Lip Trill

Here is a video I found on YouTube about the jazz lip trill/ shake. I think it covers a lot of information.

The whole YouTube channel is very useful. Totally recommend to keep an eye on it, subscribe and "all that jazz" ☺

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Dragonborn (from the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim) - Medium Difficulty



Some of my teenage pupils are into video games, so I thought it's a good motivation to make some music from popular games.
So, if you are an adventurer and you didn't take an arrow in your knee, you might try this one.
You may download the music sheet as PDF, or in MuseScore format, so you can edit, transpose, transcribe and customize it to your own needs.
Click the image to download the format you want:

  

So, here's an example of how it's supposed to sound:
And here is the backing track:

Well, I hope this is fun. I think it's easier to play it on trumpet than learning the lyrics, but anyway, here's the original:



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Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai

Star Wars Main Theme

Star Wars is a franchise that seems to go forever. Every generation seems to enjoy it (even if it seems that the most successful films are the original trilogy), and everybody loves the iconic music of John Williams. No surprise here, after all, in2005, the American Film Institute named the original Star Wars soundtrack as the most memorable score of all time for an American film.

My pupils of all ages likes to play it, so I had to make a version that fits several levels at the same time. The backing track fits both versions, but the versions are not compatible to each others.
Here's the easy version, which can fit the medium level too, if you play the middle part (with small notes).


And here's how it's supposed to sound:



And here is the advanced version. It goes up to C3.

And here's how it's supposed to sound:

Here's the backing track that fit both. Tempo is 100 bpm. You can use it to practice, to play it on a concert or to make a YouTube video with you playing the trumpet.


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Mihai

Sunday, 7 January 2018

James Morrison's Trumpet Tutorial Video Series

James Morrison is one of the most amazing jazz musicians, known for his trumpet playing, he has also performed on soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, clarinet, flugelhorn, bass trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, double bass, guitar and piano.
Here is a series of videos where he's teaching some very important concepts. This tutorial is also useful for other brass instruments.
 


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Mihai

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Trumpet Voluntary - Medium-Easy Version

Some days ago I had a concert with my pupils and as opening of the concert we used this one, then it hit me... I don't have that online. So, here it is: A simplified, transposed, easy version of "Prince of Denmark's March" or how is colloquially known, "Trumpet Voluntary" by English Baroque composer, Jeremiah Clarke (1674-1707). This was intended as an example for my trumpet pupils (11 to 14), to familiarize them with typical trumpet repertoire.

To keep it easy I cut off some parts, I simplified the trills (in Baroque music is usual to start with the upper note, but how you hear in the example, is a measured trill starting from the main note) and to teach the kids to listen to each others and coordinate, I added a trill to the second trumpet too.

   

Here it's how it should sound:

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Mihai

Monday, 20 November 2017

Jingle Bells-Bb Very Easy Version


This one is targeted at very beginner level. I do this version with my 8-10 years old pupils. It's range is from C1 to G1, and it takes only the chorus line, so it's really really easy. Feel free also to sing along with the backing-track:

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way.
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.

 

Here's how it should sound:


And here is the backing track with an awesome saxophone solo by Artem Zhulyev in the middle, so you can rest a bit your lips:
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Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai