take it down an octave

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  1. songbook

    songbook Piano User

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    I play second trumpet in a community big band. As most of you know the second part does most of the improvising. I'm OK with that, but when the solo is written out above my comfort level, would it be alright to take it down an octave, rather than try to hit the notes that are written in? There's an arrangement of "Speak Low" that is particularly high for me. I might add that I'm 70 years old, and my comfortable range is A above the staff. Any thing higher than that, Well the arm pressure takes over and limits my endurance.
     
  2. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

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    Its a solo. You can do whatever you want.
     
  3. Jfrancis

    Jfrancis Pianissimo User

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    Agreed!
     
  4. tobylou8

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  5. kehaulani

    kehaulani Fortissimo User

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    Hawaian homey
    Here's a suggestion if the others are a little outside your comfort zone.

    - get your music, write the chord changes over the notes.
    - now, using the same melodic curve as the notated solo, write in lower notes that do fit into the chord.
    (in essence, you're transposing the line down.)
    - - make any minor adjustments that you think make the solo sound better still.
     
  6. TrumpetMD

    TrumpetMD Fortissimo User

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    Worth repeating.

    Your goal is to please the audience, not to play the music exactly as written.

    To specifically answer the OP, sure, take it down an octave, if that sounds good to you. Or as someone suggested, play something lower but complementary to the original line.

    Mike
     
  7. songbook

    songbook Piano User

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    I hear what you're saying. good advice; Thanks!
     
  8. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    In a jazz setting, the written out solos are for those that don't improvise themselves, or are transcribing to get into the head of the original player. I would say, DON'T take it down an octave. Rather sit down with someone in the band that improvises well and come up with a solo fine tuned to YOUR personality!
     
  9. songbook

    songbook Piano User

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    I'll do that. Thank you!
     
  10. kingtrumpet

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    why not just take it down a third, or a fifth -- so it fits into your comfort zone?
     

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