Pietzsch 8

Pietzsch #8 strikes me as a very "orchestral" sounding etude.  Meaning, I want to play with a big, broad sound and play the dotted rhythms as squarely as possible.  I don't mean square as in a non-jazz sense but I'm thinking the shapes of squares and rectangles when I approach these rhythms.  Keep the corners of these shapes as sharp as possible.  Keep the long notes in the phrases as stable as…

Pietzsch 6

This was kind of an annoying little etude, in my opinion.  But, a good workout for triple tongue.  Be careful that the occasional slurred triplet like the ones that occur on beat two of the first two measures stays a triplet and doesn't turn into two 32's + 8th. http://allthingstrumpet.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Pietzsch-6.wav    

Musician Etiquette

Doing a quick search for "Musician Etiquette" will bring up dozens of hits like this one.  I've read through a bunch of them and they all share good common sense advice.  So, I thought I might as well post a set of etiquette ideas on this site as well.  Hopefully, you have heard these suggestions before, either through your band director or private teacher.  Hopefully, you haven't learned some of…

Pietzsch 5

I chose to do this one as a slow double-tongue but there would also be benefit in doing it as a fast single-tongue.  I focused on relaxing the articulation to flow and try not to sound "pecky".  About halfway down the first page there are some rhythms that begin on upbeats and I chose to use that as an opportunity to work on my TTK articulation.  Some people suggest starting those kind of…

Sight Reading

Who wants to do some sight reading!?  Who wants to do some sight reading in front of your teacher!?  How about in front of a jury committee?  Or, how about sight reading at an audition for your “dream job”? I am guessing that these ideas were not registering very high on your “favorite things to do” list. However, if you are a serious musician or someone considering being a serious musician,…

Just Another Song and Dance

I had a teacher say to me a long time ago that all music, whether it is a piece, movement, section or phrase, falls in to one of two categories; it’s either a song or a dance.  What he meant by that is our interpretation is guided by a set of priorities and knowing if I am playing a song, I have one set of priorities, and if it is a dance I use a different set of priorities. There are many…

Friedman Solus

Title Solus Four Movements for Unaccompanied Trumpet (1975) Stan Friedman (1951 - ) Biographical Info STANLEY FRIEDMAN'S music has been premiered by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, l'Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, the Memphis Symphony, the Northwestern University Orchestra and by major soloists in festivals around the world. His opera…

Pietzsch 4

This one incorporates some triple tonguing.  For these moving triplets I used TTK.  That seems to get a better flow for me where TKT creates more rhythmic emphatic-ness.  Think of slightly crescendo-ing through the triplets.  This will keep the air flowing to give your tongue something to bounce off of. I have trumpet-player-friends who only use TKT and can flow and play "fanfare-ish" using…

Pietzsch 3

This one looks intimidating at first.  But after you get into it you should find that it lies pretty idiomatically.  There are lots of arpeggios, major, dominant and minor, that have a lowered half-step as the second note of the triplet.  Good luck with the pedal C at the end! http://allthingstrumpet.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Pietzsch-3.wav

All the Things You Are

All the Things You Are A very informative resource site for getting the basics for tunes is learnjazzstandards.com Once there, you can search for a tune and, as in this case, many options for blog entries come up. If you click the link above it will take you to the introductory entry for All the Things You Are. On the right side of the screen are the chord changes in the usual transpositions,…