The Beatles – Honey Pie

Buried deep in the depths of The Beatles White Album is the fun little track entitled Honey Pie. And buried deep within that is a horn section consisting of clarinets and saxes playing a beautiful jazz-era-inspired accompaniment.

It was very difficult to hear all of the parts from the original recording, so there’s an element of guesswork in my transcription. But regardless, it works and it sounds beautiful.

Without ready access to a clarinetist, these charts have been arranged for (cup muted) trumpet, alto, and tenor sax. We recorded this is a Virtual Collaboration, with musicians from across 4 continents. Audio engineering by Jean Michel Durand and video editing by Shawn Hare.

Resources:

The Beatles - Honey Pie - Trumpet Clarinet Sax charts. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

What do you think? Please leave a comment and let me know.

PS: I finished and published this post from the Blue Note, Manhattan, while waiting at the bar to see trumpet player Nicholas Payton. So excited, just had to tell you…

Victoria Bitter VB Commercial

To some, the Victoria Bitter (VB) beer commercial (advertisement) is almost a second national anthem. It’s iconic and truly Australian, invoking for many a vivid recollection of that hard-earned thirst that needs a big, cold beer, since 1968. As a TV commercial, this catchy tune was recorded by the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra accompanying John Meillon’s spoken voice. It has been in our ears for over 50 years, and it’s always reassuring to know it’s there.

Last month I hiked the Kokoda Track through the rugged jungle of Papua New Guinea, and for those 8 exhausting days, I longed for an icy cold beer. And so, once the VB commercial tune was stuck in my head, on repeat, it stayed there for the entire trek. There was simply no stopping it.

During those hours of mentally processing the theme, I transcribed the whole thing in my head. So when I returned home it was a relatively simple matter of getting it out of my head and onto paper.

I’m in the process of recording this arrangement with great musicians on strings, horns, and rhythm section. But that’s likely to take a while, so in the meantime, I thought I’d unleash my transcription here.

Resources:

Victoria Bitter VB Commercial Score&Parts Strings Brass Rhythm Section. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

What do you think? Please leave a comment and let me know.

Kool & the Gang – Night People

How did I miss this song, back in the golden days of disco? This was fun to transcribe, play and record.

I collaborated on the BandLab platform this time. Check the link to the Project (below) for details and perhaps some insight, if you’re not familiar with BandLab.

Resources:

Kool & the Gang - Night People - trumpet chart. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

What do you think? Please leave a comment and let me know.

Phil Collins – Something Happened on the Way to Heaven

My horn section transcription of this work, originally recorded by The Phenix Horns [sic] (also known as the EWF Horns) with Phil Collins.

This was a lot of fun to play and record (and very rewarding to finally nail it).

Resources:

Phil Collins - Something Happened on the Way to Heaven - Trumpet Tenor Sax. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

What do you think? Please leave a comment and let me know.

Aretha Franklin – Think

Here’s my transcription of Alan Rubin’s trumpet part for “Think”, accompanying Aretha Franklin for The Blues Brothers soundtrack.

I’ve recorded this as part of a “virtual collab”, with all instruments recording individually on our respective corners of the globe, and then mixing the lot in together to form this consolidated collaboration. I plan to post the finished product here when available.

Resources:

Aretha Franklin - Think - Trumpet

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

What do you think? Please leave a comment and let me know.

Kool & The Gang – Love Festival

My first transcription recorded on the Bandlab platform (audio only; video is not yet offered on Bandlab).

A fun and funky piece from Kool & The Gang. How had I not heard this before?

Resources:

Kool & The Gang - Love Festival - Trumpet Sax charts. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

What do you think? Please leave a comment and let me know.

Housekeeping… Cleaning up Dead Links

When I started this blog I almost always followed a routine of posting each of my trumpet transcriptions along with a link to a video demonstration of me playing it. Most often that was a link to a collaboration video, comments, and other resources at the Bandhub site. But when Bandhub went offline in mid-March, all of those links (some 200-odd) from my blog went dead. 💩

I didn’t want this to be a blog full of useless links, so I’ve spent the last month tidying-up all of those dead links to Bandhub, mostly replacing them with links to Bandhub videos published on YouTube. Where I found my co-collaborators had shared videos I linked to those, and where I couldn’t find any traces I uploaded the videos to my YouTube channel. In some cases, where I was especially pleased with what I saw and heard, I embedded those Bandhub/YouTube clips into the blog post.

There was a number of videos that I did not upload or link to. Usually, this was because the collaboration was only partially completed before Bandhub closed, or the backing track (in all its copyrighted glory) was still embedded in the video. In those instances, I’m simply not including a video demonstration of my transcription.

Currently, this blog is receiving 150-200 visitors per week. So I felt it was important to keep the house in order for them.

And I’ve got a number of completed transcriptions drafted and ready to publish, once my co-collaborators record their parts and the videos have been finalized. So stay tuned, there’s more to come.