Thursday, 28 April 2016

Marcus & Martinus - Elektrisk

This arrangement has a bit of more Norwegian background.
Marcus & Martinus are two pretty famous Norwegian twin brothers who won "Melodi Grand Prix Junior" (that's the Norwegian name of "Junior Eurovision Song Contest") in 2012 and since then, thet have a pretty successful musical career.
One of their most popular songs is "Elektrisk" (English: "Electric"), and of course my pupils requested a version of it.

After making some cuts, rearranging some parts, ended up with a shorter version which we played with a small group of brass and wind instruments. Top voice was flute, and the bass line was taken by a baritone horn. Now I rearranged the rearrangement and made it for trumpets and band.
Here's how it sounds:
And here is a backing track so you can play on top of 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:

         

First voice is a bit high for beginners. Originally was written for flute, but a medium level pupil could play it. However, there is an alternate version, one octave lower.
Second voice is pretty easy, while third voice is for very beginners (first year of playing).

If needed, HERE's an arrangement for other instruments (flute, clarinet, horn...etc) which is compatible with the trumpet arrangement and the backing track, but can be used also as a standalone arrangement, without backing track.

Here's the original version:

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Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Rock The Blues - easy one note tune

This one is for people who start, probably first lesson or second, still, a fun one to play.
After you're able to produce a "buzzing" with your lips, you'll probably be able to play a note on trumpet. That's all we need for this tune. Don't press any piston, just play "au naturel".
Most likely you played a C, so, now count 4 beats (one empty bar) and play that note on the second bar for 4 beats.
Repeat until the backing track ends.
If you managed to play the first variation, here's a more complicated one:
"Swing" means that the first eight note is slightly longer than the second.
Here's an article on Wikipedia about swing. Check it out, it's nice, with video examples and easy theory explained very clear.
If the theory terms are a bit confusing and unknown, just try to catch the rhythm "by ear" from my example. So, listen to this one:

And here is a backing track so you can play on top of it:


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Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai

Monday, 18 April 2016

Adele - Rolling in the Deep

Adele is quite a popular singer between my pupils, so, some of them asked me to make a transcription of "Rolling in the Deep". I took the liberty to rearrange some parts, to cut out some and to simplify the rhythm, but I kept most of the elements that makes it recognizable.

This is targeted at beginners with a modest ambitus and resistance. I work on that with pupils of 10-14 years old who play trumpet for one or two years.
Here's how it sounds:
And here is a backing track so you can play on top of 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:

           

Some information from Wikipedia: "Rolling in the Deep" is a song recorded by British singer Adele for her second studio album, 21. The song was written by Adele and Paul Epworth. The singer herself describes it as a "dark blues-y gospel disco tune".
The song reached number one in 11 countries and the top five in many more regions. It was Adele's first number-one song in the United States, reaching the top spot on many Billboard charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 where it was number one for seven weeks.
Here's the original version:

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Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai

Friday, 15 April 2016

The Remix - easy level pop mashup

Technically more of a potpourri of popular themes from mainstream music, transcribed, transposed and arranged for a small group of wind or brass instruments.
  • Avicii - Hey Brother 
  • Pharrell Williams - Happy 
  • Avicii - Wake Me Up 
This is targeted at beginners with a modest ambitus and resistance. I work on that with pupils of 10-14 years old who play trumpet for one or two years.
And here is a backing track so you can play on top of 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:

          
There is a main part written in B♭ and the bass & chords in real concert pitch (or as some might say "in C").


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Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Queen - We Will Rock You

One of the most famous rock songs, "We Will Rock You" is written by Brian May and was recorded and performed by the band "Queen". It has a very catchy and iconic beat; stomp-stomp-clap-pause which is recognizable by all generations.
Who said we can't play rock on trumpet? Here's how it sounds:
And here is a backing track, so you can play on top of 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:

           
Because it goes from C1 to A1 it is suitable for very beginners (age 8-10, first year of trumpet studying). I got pretty good results with small groups, putting them to stomp and clap. 

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Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Chris Medina - What Are Words

"What Are Words" is a very emotional song from Chris Medina's repertoire, written by Rodney Jerkins, Andre Lindal and Lauren Christy as a tribute to his fiancée who suffered a brain injury as the result of a car wreck and is about promises, commitment and keeping your word.
The song got really popular in Norway and many of my pupils requested me to arrange it for trumpet, which I did and it sounds like this:

And here is a backing track, so you can play on top of 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 highest note is a D2, so it would be pretty easy for a second year of studying trumpet. However, there is a second line, easier.
Here's the original version:

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Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai

Welcome

Hi there
My name is Mihai Sorohan and I've been a professional trumpet player for quite a while now. At the moment I work as a trumpet teacher in Norway.
This is a page where I share my teaching resources, my practicing routines, solutions I found while trying to fix my own playing mistakes and maybe interesting finds that concerns trumpet playing.
Some of the lessons are targeted to my pupils, some of them being 8 or 9 years old, studying music just for fun, so, kind of beginner level, while some lessons are targeted to a more professional level. You'll find a search by label function that will direct you to what you're looking for.

Most of the material can be easily transcribed and transposed to fit other instruments, if you need.
All the music sheet are created with MuseScore. I'll provide the project files so you can edit, transpose, transcribe and customize to your own needs.

All materials are properties of their owners, used here is for informative and educational purposes. Cheers and happy learning,
Mihai













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