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Jamiroquai – Blow Your Mind

I love these guys! Always fun to transcribe and play Jamiroquai horn parts, and the trumpet/flugelhorn player gets a nice workout this time around. I’ve recorded my parts and am waiting for my musician buddies to do theirs. When complete, I’ll update this post to include the recording (as usual).

This time I’ve written alternating tenor/alto sax charts to give you a little more flexibility.

Resources:

Jamiroquai - Blow Your Mind - charts for trumpet, flugelhorn, and 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.

Be sure to check out my other Jamiroquai transcriptions!

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The Commitments – Take Me to the River

Take Me to the River, from the soundtrack to the movie The Commitments. It was very difficult to hear all of the horn lines in parts of the original recording, particularly as the energy of the performance builds, so I’ve made a few educated guesses in spots. But they are good guesses, and very close to Al Green’s original arrangement of this great song.

I love playing these soul tunes! So much fun to play on trumpet.

I couldn’t be sure if the soundtrack recording featured two saxes or a sax/trombone combination. So I wrote for trumpet, tenor sax, and trombone, figuring that might be a little more useful for anyone who wants to use the charts in the future.

Update Jan 3, 2020: Our BandLab project is complete. I’ve updated this post with our recording.

Resources:

The Commitments - Take Me to the River - Trumpet Sax Trombone 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.

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Music Transcription Resources

I’ve been asked about the different tools that I use to transcribe trumpet lines from audio recordings. So here they are!

Follow the links to learn a whole lot more about these resources.

Transcribe!

Transcribe!
I’ve only recently taken to using this tool, and I like it a lot. Before using Transcribe! I used Audacity in much the same way, but this tool is just a little handier for the sole purpose of transcribing from an audio file. It lets me isolate a section of the recording that needs close examination, reduce the speed, loop it over and over, and a whole bunch of other things that I’m only beginning to explore.

The audio tools that are buried under menus in Audacity are lying right on the surface in Transcribe!, making it a tool that is custom-built for this task.

Anytune
AnytunePossibly the only app that makes me wish I had a Mac or iPad, as it’s not yet supported by Windows. Instead, I use Anytune on my iPhone.

While Anytune has many of the same features as Transcribe!, its “ReFrame” feature is especially valuable for isolating the exact instruments I am otherwise straining to hear. Other applications allow me to adjust the EQ to highlight the sounds I want to focus on or ignore, but no other tool that I’ve found can achieve this so effectively and so easily.

Ears
I was fortunate enough to be born with a good working pair of these. I’ve found them invaluable for holding my glasses on my face and also giving me somewhere cool to put my headphones. My set has a special add-on feature called tinnitus, which I think I picked up in my developing days of playing the trumpet. But if I was getting a new set of ears I wouldn’t select that option next time.

I have found my ears to be such an invaluable resource for transcribing, that I can’t imagine doing it without them.

MuseScore
This free, open-source music scoring program is hard to beat. I’ve compared it to the trial versions of its hefty competitors, and I’m yet to find a serious shortcoming.

It’s amazing, and it’s free.

In addition to these tools, my transcription efforts are aided by a trumpet on my lap and an old keyboard within reach behind me. Can’t get by without those!

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Swing Out Sister – Am I The Same Girl?

This 1992 hit for Swing Out Sister was a cover of the song first recorded by Barbara Acklin in 1968. Although, it is perhaps better known as the 1968 instrumental hit single “Soulful Strut” recorded and released by Young-Holt Unlimited. I think I first heard it in a shopping mall or an elevator somewhere.

Anyway, here’s how I heard the horn parts in my head, and subsequently recorded with musicians from around the planet.

Resources:

Swing Out Sister - Am I the Same Girl - 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.

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Scary Pockets – Sweet Child O’ Mine

A cover of a cover…

The guys from Scary Pockets have quite a following on the Scary Pockets YouTube channel and are well worth checking out. This time, in one of their most popular funky covers, they put a new twist on the Guns N’ Roses hit Sweet Child O’ Mine. And I got to transcribe and cover their work.

It’s nice to get a trumpet solo in on a GNR track!

This recording started in Bandhub, while it was still online, with sax, keys and a DAW mix all added later to complete the collab. This was also my first attempt at video editing. 😬

Resources:

Scary Pockets - Sweet Child O' Mine - 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.

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Music on Paper

Something I saw in a trumpet group that really resonated with me…

“Music on paper is just a roadmap. That has nothing to do with the actual things you’re producing. That has nothing to do with emotions and affecting people. I hope that’s the reason we’re up here doing this.” -Ambrose Akinmusire
@TheBlackTrumpeter

I’ve always felt this way about what, and how, I play. But perhaps for the first time I’ve seen it articulated in words so clearly that it hit the mark perfectly.

I’m going to try to draw on this whenever I’m playing outside of a trumpet section.

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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.

Be sure to check out my other transcriptions of music by The Beatles, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr!

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…

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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.

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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.

Be sure to check out my other Kool & the Gang transcriptions!

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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.