Whitney Houston – I Have Nothing

Transcribing the trumpet lines from the source recording was challenging. As is often the case with a big Hollywood soundtrack, the horns were tightly interwoven with the strings and maybe some keyboards, making the trumpet parts sometimes difficult to hear and isolate. Fortunately, I stumbled on the fine work of brilliant young trumpeter Nate Chester, whose YouTube video of his own performance made my job of transcribing the trumpet parts much easier. Thank you, Nate. You totally nailed this piece!

This is a demanding trumpet part, with quite a few lines in the upper register. I revised some of the articulations, with less use of marcato than the original and instead favoring fatter accents and tenuto to make the big notes even bigger. After all, when we’re belting it out on trumpet and supporting a singer through a vocal climax, we want you to know about it! 😁

Whitney Houston - I Have Nothing - articulation

I’m honored to have been able to record this beautiful song with such a truly talented vocalist and great musicians from around the planet. I think we’ve produced a pretty fine recording, and it’s one that I’m proud to have been a part of.


Whitney Houston - I Have Nothing - Trumpets. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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