Don Ellis – Alone Again (Naturally)

Trumpet virtuoso Don Ellis recorded his cover of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s composition in 1972 and released it on his album entitled Connection. The arranger of this tune, Don’s pianist Milcho Leviev, turned a somewhat dreary and corny song into something bouncier and more entertaining, and I’m sure the musicians in the studio had fun with it in the process.

I always hear tiny reminders of Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree, and also MacArthur Park in this song. Noticeably all of the same era. But, I digress…

I transcribed each note by ear, and also added a couple of my own ideas to the bridge for a little more contrast. When it came to playing and recording, in the spirit of Don I played parts of the tune with a Cry Baby Wah pedal, adding it to my trumpet and flugelhorn lines.

These charts are for trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor sax, trombone, violin, cello, guitar, keys, and bass. I’ll fall over in shock if someone else ever uses these charts, but I’m so thrilled to have met the challenge to transcribe them and to have had the opportunity to record this myself.

Resources:

Don Ellis - Alone Again (Naturally) - Score & Parts. 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 Don Ellis transcriptions!

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Glen Campbell – Yesterday, When I Was Young

I recorded this for my good friend Hank, who loves singing Glen Campbell songs. Sadly this one wasn’t finished before Bandhub shut down, but here’s the chart anyway.

Resources:

Glen Campbell - Yesterday, When I Was Young - Trumpet. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Chuck Mangione – Aldolvio

Chuck recorded this song for his 1994 album The Hat’s Back, and then again for his 1998 Chesky album The Feeling’s Back. This transcription and recording are based on the latter.

I transcribed and recorded my parts about two years ago, but only recently added the other instruments and made something of this.

Resources:

Chuck Mangione - Aldolvio - Flugelhorn Violin. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com Chuck Mangione - Aldolvio - Chords Bass. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Be sure to check out my other Chuck Mangione transcriptions!

Farewell, Bandhub. I will miss you!

Bandhub, one of my favorite creative outlets, is closing down on March 15, 2019. I will lose the opportunity to make music and collaborate with so many talented people globally on this wonderful platform. This is very sad news for the Bandhub creators and the thousands of members Bandhub Collabswho formed the online music collaboration community. We forged some very strong friendships and stretched our musical domains to new highs.

Since joining in February 2016, I have recorded more than 400 collaborations and enjoyed honing my trumpet skills in a unique way. Rising to the Bandhub challenge saw me highly motivated to practice during the breaks between gigs and rehearsals when, without the motivation, I would probably have let it slide. It saw me focus much more clearly on my note attack (who wants a recording full of split notes?) and accuracy (unlike recording in a studio, it isn’t possible to “drop-in” new notes to tidy-up mistakes). Playing something from beginning to end, without mistakes, suddenly became even more critical than ever.

I found myself being invited to collaborate with others to play music I’d never heard of before, even in styles I’d never bothered with previously. I still can’t believe I’ve played music by Johnny Cash and Conway Twitty (who I’d only ever known of from being mocked on The Family Guy). But more interestingly I was able to play all manner of rock, pop, funk,Bandhub Logo Motown, and jazz-influenced music that really ticked the boxes for me. Adding to it, I was able to initiate my own collaborations. This was my opportunity to record the music that I was longing to play for my own reasons.

I’m more comfortable playing from written charts than not, so I became highly adept at searching for charts online. But with a strike rate of only 50%, to play the other material I had to hone my listening and transcriptions skills to work out the parts that I was hearing, and then get them down onto paper. Sharing the outputs of that work with the world is the nature of this blog.

I’ve downloaded video and audio of all of my Bandhub work. It amounts to >400 songs and tunes, spanning 29 hours and 53GB on my PC. No wonder server storage costs became a problem for Bandhub!

Bandhub Collage
For someone who only plays trumpet, I stretched it a tad on Bandhub.

Almost all of my blog posts here include a link to a Bandhub collab, so I will slowly work to upload the video of each onto YouTube and update the link in each blog post. This way I can maintain my goal of not only providing my transcribed charts but also a demonstration of how I played each one. It will take me some time to point all of the URLs to YouTube, so I apologize now for the likely broken links that will litter the blog for a while.

There are alternatives to Bandhub, and over the next little while, I will explore those. And there’s a whole Bandhub community of fantastic, talented people across the planet to play with. I’ll continue to collaborate with them to make music online, and for as long as I do that I’ll continue to transcribe music and share it here with trumpet community.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. Farewell Bandhub, I will miss you!

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.

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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.

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