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

Sunday, 3 September 2017

So Much For The Reggae

That's another easy lesson. I use as the third lesson with kids around 8-10 years old.
We first try to play a low C (no pistons pressed), then a B (with second piston) and a D (first and third pistons). Then we play this:
After everything is clear, we can play this over this backing track:

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Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Brassically Funk!

That's probably the second or the third lesson. After the pupil is playing a C, then you teach how to play a D and that's all we need for this fun tune.

After you play Rock The Blues - easy one note tune, you may try this one.
It's easy, count till 4, then play a D (press pistons 1 and 3), a C (release all pistons) and a D again.
That's it. Now let's try with the backing track:

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Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai

Sunday, 2 April 2017

J.S. Bach - Air (on a G String)

One of the most popular ... "classical evergreen" of the Baroque era, Bach's "Air" from
Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068, got popularized in August Wilhelmj's arrangement, which is transposed down so that it can be played entirely on a violin's lowest string by a single violin.
On the score he had "auf der G-Saite" (on the G string) printed above the stave for the solo violin, which gave the arrangement its nickname.

Here's a trumpet arrangement, transposed to fit a medium level student's ambitus, and shortened. In the original there is a repetition of the second part too, but I ditched it because this is targeted at my 11-13 years old pupils which may have a bit less stamina.
This is how I intend the arrangement to sound:
And here is the backing track at around 66 bpm with a slightly ritardando at the end (gradually to 58 bpm).

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:
      

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Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai

Monday, 5 September 2016

Constantin Dimitrescu - Rustic Dance

Dans ţărănesc (also known as "Peasants Dance" or "Rustic Dance") is a composition by Constantin Dimitrescu (1847 - 1928), one of Romania's most important composers from its late romantic period.
Originally written for cello, was transcribed for many different arrangements. The one I've heard the most during my school years was on violin.
Here's a transcription for trumpet. This is how I intend the arrangement to sound:
And here are some backing tracks with piano at different tempos:
90 BPM
80 BPM
And here is weird one, more "hip" I guess. I made it for a student that wanted a more modern approach to it. It's 90 BPM.
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:
     

Here is the orchestral version of it:


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Cheers and happy learning,

Mihai

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Herbie Hancock - Chameleon

I think you can't fully appreciate the modern funk or pop music which was heavily influenced by funk, if you don't know a bit about the roots.
So, my goal was to familiarize my pupils (9 to 15 years old) with a classic funk groove and to put the focus on brass instruments outside the marching band, in a more fun & groovy context.
The song was composed by Herbie Hancock, has a characteristic bass line and is set to a funk beat. For the most part, the song is built on a two-chord vamp.
  • First, this is a transposed version, so it's easy for a beginner/ medium level to play it. This started as an example for the bass player, so, the groove was transposed to have open strings.
  • Second, the arrangement is made for kids, so, some notes were changed in the unison and the theme passes from one instrument to another. The kids have a limited range of notes they can play.
This is how I intend the arrangement to sound:
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:
        

Here's the original:


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Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai

Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Legend of Zelda - Main Theme

Here we go with a bit of more computer game related music. This one has an orchestral/ classical feel. "The Legend of Zelda Theme", also known as the "Overworld Theme", is a recurring song in the Legend of Zelda series. It serves as the main theme for most games in the series. It was composed by the now famous Kōji Kondō for use in the original game, The Legend of Zelda.


And here is the backing track:
It doesn't seem too fast, but when you play it, 120 BPM is a quite difficult tempo to play the second line... I had to practice a bit to be able to play it on flugelhorn. While some 12-16 years old could play the first part, for the second part you need a bit more flexibility and experience. 

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:
        

For the MuseScore sheet to look as I intended, you have to download the "Triforce" and "SS Ancient Hylian" fonts from here:
http://zeldauniverse.net/media/fonts/

Here's one of the versions I took as reference for my backing track:
Or the "old school" 8bit version recorded directly from the old game.
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Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai