Saturday, 11 March 2023

Emil Bizga solo on Giant Steps transcription

 Giant Steps; "the most feared song in jazz"(sic) as Vox declared, notoriously difficult, as played by the Romanian trumpet player Emil Bizga on one of his recordings with Marius Preda on cimbalom.

Emil Bizga is one of the best Romanian jazz trumpeters, if not the best. More about him later on. I will invite him for an interview on my YouTube channel. For now here's a transcription of his solo.


As it goes pretty fast, and it's difficult maybe to play along with the recording, even if you adjust the playback speed, here's a PDF for B♭ instruments (trumpet, clarinet, tenor sax...etc).
Click the image to download:




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Cheers and happy learning, 
Mihai


Monday, 9 January 2023

Jazz Articulation or Jazz Phrasing


Some people were telling me about classical articulation and jazz articulation, and that left me a bit... confused. 
Is it such a thing like "classical articulation" which is exclusively classical? 🤷
Is it such a thing like "jazz articulation" which is exclusively jazz? 🤷

In this video I explore these ideas and come up with some exercises, hopefully helpful.


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Cheers and happy learning, 

Mihai

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Pie Jesu - Medium Trumpet Duo

 A very well known composition of  Andrew Lloyd Webber is "Pie Jesu".
"Pie Iesu" is a text from the final couplet of the hymn "Dies irae", and is often included in musical settings of the Requiem Mass as a motet. The phrase means "pious Jesus" in the vocative. (thank you Wikipedia)

Here's a play-along video:



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 backing track. You can use it to practice, to play it on a concert or to make a YouTube video with you playing the trumpet.


Disclaimer: All materials are properties of their owners, and are used here for informative and educational purposes. I don't accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, liability, injury or upset caused to or suffered by you as a result of misusing this material. 

Cheers and happy learning, 
Mihai

Saturday, 17 September 2022

Huggy Wuggy Melody-Easy Trumpet Version

 So... Huggy Wuggy is definitely something kids should NOT know about, but somehow they do...
Few days ago, some of my pupils asked me if I could teach them the Huggy Wuggy song, and after I lectured them about what to watch and not to watch, internet dangers ...etc ...etc, I wrote by hand the melody, eared out the chords and we played the song... 
I just can't say no to them... 


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 backing track. You can use it to practice, to play it on a concert or to make a YouTube video with you playing the trumpet.

Disclaimer: All materials are properties of their owners, and are used here for informative and educational purposes. I don't accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, liability, injury or upset caused to or suffered by you as a result of misusing this material. 

Cheers and happy learning, 
Mihai

Thursday, 26 May 2022

Zi-i Bade, Cu Fluiera - Romanian Folclore Easy Trumpet Transcription

 An easy arrangement for trumpet and piano accompaniment of a Romanian traditional folk song.

The title is hard to translate. "Bade" is a polite form for addressing men, and "fluiera" is an archaic form of "fluier", meaning whistle or shepherd flute.

Zi-i Bade Cu Fluiera by Mihai Sorohan

The arrangement is not mine, I found it in a very old book, with paper getting yellow already. I would opt for a more harmonically complex arrangement, and a closer to Romanian folk music one. Maybe one day I'll try my hand on it.

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:

 

The original melody you can listen here:

Disclaimer: All materials are properties of their owners, and are used here for informative and educational purposes. I don't accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, liability, injury or upset caused to or suffered by you as a result of misusing this material.


Cheers and happy learning,

Mihai

Thursday, 3 March 2022

From Brazil - Easy Two Notes Bossa Nova

 One of my youngest pupils is just 5 years old, so I had to re-think some of the teaching techniques to fit better. This melody is an easy bossa nova, consisting just of 2 notes, C (with no pistons pressed) and B (with the middle piston), easy to play for kids with smaller hands.


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 backing track. You can use it to practice, to play it on a concert or to make a YouTube video with you playing the trumpet.
Disclaimer: All materials are properties of their owners, and are used here for informative and educational purposes. I don't accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, liability, injury or upset caused to or suffered by you as a result of misusing this material.

Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai

Saturday, 26 February 2022

Warmups Up to C2

Playing over G sometimes is tricky for beginners. 
In order to make things easier, we "trick" the pupils to shift to the next (3rd) overtone/harmonic by playing G with the pistons 1 and 3 (see "Baby Shark"). We start with a familiar note (G) and from there we just relax the lipps... and then, we relax even more. 
Playing higher notes is just a matter of not lowering the notes by pressing pistons.

Here are two exercises to help with that. Follow the video and see the additional materials here.



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:

  

Disclaimer: All materials are properties of their owners, and are used here for informative and educational purposes. I don't accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, liability, injury or upset caused to or suffered by you as a result of misusing this material.

Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai