easy jazz/classical pieces

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by daveblue222, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. daveblue222

    daveblue222 New Friend

    Aug 19, 2009
    just been recently been playing tunes out of the old book "A Tune A Day"

    can play most the songs from the book. now looking for some easy classical and jazz to learn. i cant reach above the stave yet so anything below f.

    any recommendations?? currently working on birks works, so cool!!

    cheers :play:
  2. willbarber

    willbarber Piano User

    Nov 22, 2008
    Medina, NY
    If you purchase the Arban's book, it has many melodies, duets, and even full solos with variations, for almost all levels of difficulty. If you're good with rhythms, or want to work on rhythms, it's a good fit, and many of the songs are not range demanding.
  3. jonterman

    jonterman Pianissimo User

    Jan 4, 2009
    I really enjoy the Music Minus One Arban Duets. You can fade from L to R and play the 1st or second part. They start off easy and get progressively harder.

    Great stuff...especially the De Guoy tunes!
  4. mush-mouth

    mush-mouth Pianissimo User

    Aug 3, 2009
    Purchase a copy of Band-in-a-Box. Lemme repeat this:
    Purchase a copy of Band-in-a-Box.
    Purchase a copy of Band-in-a-Box.

    Then look for jazz tunes in the BIAB format:*.mgu

    Here are some tunes to look out for:

    "BIAB jazz standards" - That range has a lot of easy Jazz heads in the bag. Some examples:

    Fee Fi Fo Fum
    Blue Bossa
    All of Me
    Green Dolphin Street
    Autumn Leaves
    Round Midnight (maybe pushing the range a little)
    Embraceable You
    Take Five (5/4 time)!!
    Far Wes (Pushing it a little again)
    In the Mood (THE Big-Band swing Standard to know. Start this one NOW)
    Moonlight Serenade
    Cantaloupe Island (Not to difficult)
    Watermelon Man (Again, not too difficult)
    Feels so Good (Hey, Chuck Mangione!!)
    Fly Me to the Moon
    Joy Spring (Probably one of the more tricky ones listed here, but a good tune to learn)
    Body and Soul


    You can probably find sheets for most of these tunes somewhere online, but Band-In-A-Box provides a consistent and simple-to-change backing-track, as well as the notes for all of these tunes, and it is dead simple to transpose them to whatever key.
  5. Keith Fiala

    Keith Fiala Pianissimo User

    Feb 21, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Check out Aebersold collections as well. He has standards for play-a-long as well that range from easy to difficult. Great stuff! Well written / recorded.

    Keith Fiala
  6. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Solos for the Trumpet Player edited by Walter Beeler

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