A Good first piece to play from memory

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  1. Stevetigerfan

    Stevetigerfan New Friend

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    Hello Trumpet guys ,I am a new member to Trumpet master and a comeback played who is very keen and I am spending more hours than ever before practicing ,I would like to be able to play a good tune from memory that sounds impressive but isn't too technical , I am about a level 4 player has any one got any good suggestions ,a standard or maybe a jazz tune ??
     
  2. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

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    My favourite is Bernie's Tune - simple Jazz lick. You can play it fast or medium slow.
    I have a few I like - but just pick one, then work it through all the keys...

    Just find a tune you like and you'll be OK. Start each daily practice with it, and you'll have it in the memory within a week.
    You can build on them to make your own library for yourself.

    Here's a few, but get a Reall Book of tunes, and run through them, you will pick a few.
    My Funny Valentine
    Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell)
    Embraceable you
    The Nearness of You
    Basin Street Blues
    Moon River

    For an impressive tune try Rodriguez's Concierto De Aranjuez - that's a winner even on trumpet.
     
  3. X3Lb

    X3Lb Pianissimo User

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    Even better on the Flugel (Couesnon) . Just listen to the film "Brassed Off":thumbsup:
     
  4. Stevetigerfan

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    Thank you Peter I will use your recommendations and see how I get on .At the moment I spend half an hour on scales then rest for a while ,play a few of my old favourites mainly from books I have had years that my wife has head hundreds of times. however I can't play a single piece without the music .
    Steve
     
  5. Peter McNeill

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    Hi Steve,
    I suggest by just playing a few bars of a tune you pick, then go over it 3 times with no mistakes at all, then try on the fourth time without looking at the music. Pick a tune that means a lot to you and the wife - that will motivate you to play it well.

    A teacher I had in my teens once said to me, if I make a mistake - then go over that section until I play it 3 times with no error, it is then in the brain. It works for me.

    Just trust yourself.

    The other traditional way is to practice scales Major and Minor, then go over a simple tune in all keys. That will help to pick the notes.
    Good Luck
    Cheers
     
  6. trumpetup

    trumpetup Piano User

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    I like to memorize a song by breaking it down into phrases. Memorize a phase then add the next. That way it's like reciting a poem with a rhythm and normal pauses. Start off memorizing a song you know and like. If you know the word to the song it is even better.
    Welcome to TrumpetMaster. We have some old dogs and young pups, but we all scratch the same flees.:-)
    Good Luck,
    Bobby
     

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