Tuesday, 16 February 2021

La Cucaracha - Medium Level Traditional Melody

Here's a trumpet version of  "La Cucaracha", written in G major for B♭ instruments (F major for C instruments), and 4/4. I found in a book a 3/4 version and that didn't sound right, so I made this version.

"La Cucaracha" is a traditional Spanish folk song about a cockroach (la cucaracha literally translates to “the cockroach” in English) that loses one of its legs, making it difficult for the roach to get around. It is unknown when the song came about. It is also very popular in Latin America. In Mexico, it was performed widely during the Mexican Revolution.

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 an example with me playing trumpet:

And 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.

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Cheers and happy learning, 
Mihai

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Santa Lucia, easy trumpet version

On 13 December Saint Lucy's Day is celebrated, most widely in Scandinavia and in Italy, and people sing "Santa Lucia", a traditional Neapolitan song. It was translated by Teodoro Cottrau (1827–1879) into Italian and published by the Cottrau firm, as a barcarola, in Naples in 1849.

Here is an easy, medium-easy trumpet transcription.
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:

 

and here is the backing track: 


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, 1 October 2020

Trumpetmare, a melody for Spooktober

 This lesson is aimed at very beginners, maybe the 4th lesson, where pupils learn the E note. At the same time, it's a Halloween theme, so here's a fun (I hope) video presentation:


The melody is pretty simple, has only 3 notes; E, D and C.
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: 
 
  

And here's just the backing track:

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

Monday, 3 August 2020

Night in Tunisia - Walter White lick

I was watching one day on YouTube the concert with Arturo Sandoval, Adam Rapa, Jens Lindemann, Rex Richardson, Walter White, Bill Hart, Allen Vizzutti and Bill Lucas from 2013.


All great trumpet players, I liked very much how different was Adam Rapa's solo, but the solo that made me say "wow" was Walter White's solo. It starts around 7:30 and has a very interesting lick:

So, I transcribed it, transposed chromatically in all tonalities as an alternative to Clarke or other similar exercises.


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

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Building A Routine That Works by Charlie Porter

Here Is a very good lesson by Charlie Porter. It includes information about lip-buzzing, mouthpiece practicing, how the whole trumpet mechanics works, harmonics/ overtones...etc.
I's a good lesson for all levels. 



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

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Choosing the Right Instrument for a Beginner




When you're on a tight budget and you want just to try something new, choosing an instrument can be quite puzzling, so it would be good to have some options with a good ratio between price and quality.
Here are some options:

Thomann TR 5 Bb-Pocket Trumpet $119.66
Pro:
  1. good price
  2. decent quality 
  3. 3 years warranty 
  4. small instrument, light case, easy to carry 
Cons:
  1. if you're more serious about playing, you'll need a new mouthpiece, not the included one 
  2. being small and bent so many times, the sound is less stable, compared with a normal trumpet
Thomann TR 200 Bb-Trumpet $138.55

Pro:
  1. good price 
  2. decent quality 
  3. 3 years warranty 
  4. full size instrument 
Cons:
  1. if you're more serious about playing, you'll need a new mouthpiece, not the included one 
  2. full size instrument with full size case, a bit inconvenient to carry around (maybe)
Startone STR 25 Bb-Trumpet $110.42
Pro:

  1. good price
  2. good looking instrument
  3. 3 years warranty
  4. full size instrument

Cons:

  1. if you're more serious about playing, you'll need a new mouthpiece, not the included one
  2. full size instrument with full size case, a bit inconvenient to carry around (maybe)


Usually cornets and flugelhorns are more expensive (cornets starts at around 156$ and flugelhorns at 222$), the cheaper ones are made of plastic. I don't recommend the plastic ones.

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

Friday, 24 April 2020

"Puff The Magic Dragon" Easy-Medium Duo

"Puff, the Magic Dragon" is a song written by Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow, and made popular by the American folk group "Peter, Paul and Mary".

The lyrics for "Puff, the Magic Dragon"; were based on a 1959 poem by Leonard Lipton and tell a story of the ageless dragon Puff and his playmate Jackie Paper, a little boy who grows up and loses interest in the imaginary adventures of childhood.

Here is an easy trumpet duo I wrote for my pupils.
Puff The Magic Dragon by Mihai Sorohan


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