Trumpet Discussion Discuss Suggestions for how to prepare for something out of the Norm in the General forums; Hi all,
Ok here's my question.
I've been approached by a member of my workplaces security force. He found out ...
Why don't you tell us first what is your level of playing and sight-reading? Are you expected to play from memory?
I'd assumed that I'd have to memorize my parts.
For starters I don't know where I'd find sheet music with my parts in them. Maybe someone can shed light on that for me?
As for my abilities I really don't know how to gauge them.
I'd say that I'm a solid section player; I currently hold the third section lead chair in my community band and play in my church's music section as the only trumpet so it's kinda like being a soloist.
I'm going to take a wild stab at my ability and say early college level maybe?
It's hard for me to gauge that Nick.
I started playing in 1978 but had a 20 year break so I'm still coming back as it were.
Hope this helps.
2008 Eclipse MHY Bb Trumpet in Silver Plate with interchangable leadpipes
Getzen Capri Bb Cornet
Bach, GR & Monette mouthpieces
Wellcome back, King!
Some people prefere to play everything from memory, but I prefer to have my music sheet in front of me, even if I know the piece perfectly, in case of forgetting something in the middle of the preformance.
As for the sheet you can try local music shop or if you prefer the net: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com . Getting MP3s or play along may be a good start. But the best is to practice to be prepared for everything - slow and fast tempos, single and double tonguings (I cannot tell if this is relevant without having the music)...be prepared for everything and everything should be OK.
Hope this helps.
You ARE going to rehearse a few times aren't you?
Take a tape recorder to the rehearsal and record THEM doing the tunes they are going to play.
This way you won't learn the hits in the wrong key if they don't cover them in the original keys.
Write out the hits if you need to and practice playing them with the recording of their band. Standing up.
PRACTICE DANCE MOVES!!!
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"Don't be afraid to see what you see."
I did not think of the key problem. I agree with you. Good point.
Re: Suggestions for how to prepare for something out of the
I can see that section of guys who were on those Village People dates doing moves. I am on the floor laughing at a mental picture of Faddis, Victor Paz, Lew Soloff, Allen Rubin, Eal Garnder and me in those seventies band costumes There are some tough licks in those charts......Macho Man is a chop buster!
Originally Posted by Kinghornplayer
Be sure Brain is engaged before putting Mouthpiece in gear.
Great idea, Chuck. John...yes, listening to those charts and others (Earth, Wind and Fire, Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago, Phil Collins from Hello, I Must Be Going (Pheonox horns are on there), Tower of Power to name a few) will also give you a bead on the sound and style you need.
As far as getting the music...I was always under the impression that was the band's responsibility, but, in my experience, that's how it ususally goes...that's why I think that. I would ask the band leader for suggestions. Maybe they can tell you keys, at least, if they don't have parts for you to play from. Sounds like a fun gig!
"Roses have thorns; shining waters mud. Clouds and eclipses stain the moon and the sun; and history reeks of the wrongs we have done. After today, after today, consider me gone."- Sting
See John? It is possible and I think you would have such a fun time doing it!
Definitely follow all of the advice given here. The keys of the songs are very important, so make sure to get at least that much and the play list out of the band leader. Did they have a trumpeter before? Maybe consider that a resource.
And remember those dance moves.......
tell them that if they've got the chart, you can play it. go have fun.
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