I'm looking for some help and advice here. I have been collaborating with a song writer that is writing pop-folkish original songs. He sent me a bunch of tracks to check out and write trumpet parts for. It's been a lot of fun and has been very rewarding, but I am getting a bit frustrated with the sound of some of my melodic lines.
When I create supporting lines and long tones, they blend nicely in the mix and compliment the overall sound and melodies that are going on. However, during some of the more sonically empty parts of the songs, where I have room to create a bit of a melodic hook of my own, I am finding that my lines sound very Latin and do not always fall in stylistically. The parts are harmonized and match the progressions going on in the song. I love the sound of the harmonized parts, but those melodies tend to sound very Mexican. It may be my natural inclination to create these sounds, but I want to write horn arrangements that work in the context of the overall song.
I have been playing music for a very long time, know my scales, and am familiar with modes, but after years of writing bass lines, I am having a hard time finding variety in my
new trumpet melodies. I will have to get permission to post a song for you all to hear, hopefully soon.
Can anyone share some tips or strategies that have worked?