Carpenters – Superstar

This was very satisfying. I transcribed the horns, while my immensely talented friend Ynping expertly transcribed the strings. And now, despite substituting flugelhorns for French horns, and soprano sax for oboe, we have a transcription that very closely mirrors the original recording.

All that’s left for you to do is to find someone with immense vocal talents to sing it. Like I did!

Resources:

Carpenters - Superstar - Horns & Strings. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Horns transcribed by me, strings transcribed by Ynping Mak, and free for you to use.

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

Advertisements

The Teardrop Explodes – Reward

“Reward” was a 1981 Top-10 UK pop hit for Liverpool post-punk/neo-psychedelic band The Teardrop Explodes. The song was a new discovery for me last week, 38 years after the fact, despite its supposed continued prominence in 1980s alternative pop compilations (according to Wikipedia). Notwithstanding its popularity, I couldn’t find any traces of a trumpet chart, piano sheet, or even a crappy MIDI file for the song anywhere on the internet. So I rolled my eyes, hunkered-down, and set-about learning another one by ear…

The original recording was difficult to decipher, with heavy doses of effects and keyboards all in the wash. Although, I’m confident that this transcription is a very solid representation of the notes that the English studio trumpet player (or players) belted out all of those years ago.

So, finally, the internet now has a trumpet chart for this song!

Resources:

The Teardrop Explodes - Reward - Trumpets. 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.

Magical Mystery Tour (Bridge Only)

Trombonist Brendan Champion has made available an absolute treasure trove of free horn charts at http://freehorncharts.com/. I’ve played several of his charts, including The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour, which he arranged for trumpet, trombone, baritone sax, and strings. Without most of those instruments at my disposal, I quickly knocked-up the trumpet solo in the bridge section to more closely align with what I could hear on the original recording.

There’s not much to it, but I thought I’d share in case it’s useful to someone. This can be played in conjunction with the rest of Brendan’s arrangement, with bar numbering kept consistent between the two.

Resources:

the beatles - magical mystery tour - trumpet solo bridge

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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

Chicago – Wishing You Were Here

I truly love the band Chicago, especially the progressive rock era of the 1960s and 1970s when Terry Kath was a dominant force. But I really cringe at much of their later “power ballad” work, where Peter Cetera was given far too much leash and unfortunately softened the band’s direction. Chicago’s epic horn section suddenly took a considerable back seat, and the band was seemingly no longer the powerhouse it had been before.

This song is from the dawn of those dark days, where the horns (trombone and flugel, I think) get a whole 8 (yes, eight) bars to play in the coda. I didn’t have the patience or interest to count all of those bars of rest, so instead, I’ve marked the rest in minutes and seconds.

Resources:

Chicago - Wishing You Were Here - Flugelhorn 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.

Serge Gainsbourg – Chatterton

This song is in French, so I have no idea what the lyrics are about. I hope it’s something cool! The suave tone and character of the vocalist, Serge Gainsbourg, has me confident that it is very cool indeed. Whatever it is…

Oh, and here’s the trumpet chart as best as I could hear it.

Resources:

Serge Gainsbourg - Chatterton - 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.

MuseScore 3.0 Released!

Not a transcription, but on a related note…

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, the music scoring software I use for my transcriptions on this blog is MuseScore. It’s an open-source, free program that answers all of my scoring and transcription needs without the gigantic price tag that appears on the commercial alternatives. The great people at MuseScore gave us a wonderful gift on Xmas Eve, quietly releasing a major upgrade to the software and taking it from version 2.3.2 to version 3.0.0.

In the few years that I’ve been using MuseScore ’til now, I’ve only ever found one limitation that bugged me, and that was the absence of a handwritten-style jazz notation font. There’s something about seeing my clefs, key signatures and other attributes in a relaxed, non-rigid layout that I find more pleasing on the eye and more pleasant to read. Before now, on occasions, I’ve used some silly, time-consuming workarounds to achieve an appearance like this. But the results have been inconsistent and the effort Vs reward has been pretty dubious.

My wishes have been granted with MuseScore 3.0. From within the program, it is now possible to apply the “MuseJazz” notation and symbol font. The effect is an uber-cool output that resembles Real Book lead sheets and handwritten charts of a bygone era, as shown in the sample below.

MuseScore 3 Released! Now with added Jazz font.

MuseScore has, for some time, come with its own “jazz text” font, as shown here. I can’t say that’s my preferred text font (as you’ll notice from my usual transcriptions), but MuseScore does give you the freedom and flexibility to apply any text font that is installed on your computer. Therefore it’s not an issue by any means.

So here’s a big thumbs-up from me to the good people at MuseScore. 👍
I’m so grateful that they’ve upgraded this program, and in doing so have left me with ZERO items on my MuseScore wish list.

If you’ve got a hankering for some scoring, be sure to check it out!
https://musescore.org/en/3.0