The Offspring – Why Don’t You Get A Job?

A fun song! Not much happening for the trumpets though. The Beatles managed to do a little better for the horns when they first released this song as Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.

Still, I loved singing along to this when it came on the radio, back in the day. I sang the trumpet parts too. So it was nice to finally play them.

Resources:

The Offspring - Why Don't You Get A Job - Trumpet. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Rhythm Heritage – Theme From S.W.A.T.

As a kid, I played this along with my Daly Wilson Big Band LP, and cassette tape, many times. Muscle memory is an amazing thing and just let you forget how to play these things!

So it wasn’t a lot of trouble to adapt my thinking to the original recording by Rhythm Heritage and get this down on paper…

Resources:

Rhythm Heritage - Theme From S.W.A.T. trumpet chart. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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The Streets of San Francisco

There’s a lot going on here in just over a minute’s worth of music. But I’ve managed to unravel and transcribe the complexities of this very cool instrumental, that some consider their favorite TV theme of all time.

I can’t help but love the 1972 “cop drama” minor-key of this piece; the rapid fusionesque drum and percussion rhythms that take us back to Dirty Harry, the syncopated and wah-wah guitars of the era, the free sax fills, the uber-cool walking jazz bass in the bridge, the French Connection-style dissonance from the trumpets, the frantic French horn lines that sound like they’re struggling to keep up, and the anchoring “blat” of the low trombones.

I remember when this TV show first aired, my Dad, a Bay Area native, would frequently identify and call out San Francisco street names and landmarks as he recognized the many on-location scenes. A fond memory.

It certainly felt very special to be able to demystify and transcribe this piece, then to record it with some of my favorite musicians.

Resources:

The Streets of San Francisco TV Show Theme - Trumpet Sax Trombone charts. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Lalo Schiffrin – Mission: Impossible (Original TV Series Theme)

There are lots of large arrangements of this theme for bands, most of which reflect the updated Hollywood movie franchise version. But I was wanting to pay homage to the original TV series version, that so effectively captured the attention, anticipation, and excitement of its late 1960s audience.

So here, with about 15 minutes worth of effort behind it, I present for you the trumpet and French horn lines (transcribed for flugelhorn) from the original TV series version. In my case, I was able to blow the dust off of my old Getzen Eterna 4-valve flugelhorn in order to play the bottom F♮ correctly and in tune. 😁

Resources:

Lalo Schiffrin - Mission: Impossible (Original TV Series Theme) - Trumpet. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Herb Alpert – Behind the Rain

This instrumental composition of Herb Alpert’s has “trumpet ego” stamped all over it, and it reeks of someone taking themselves far too seriously in an era of late 70s disco and funk. Which, of course, makes it perfect for me!

The tune appears on Herb’s 1979 album Rise. To my knowledge, the track achieved no success or notoriety whatsoever, and as a teenage trumpet player in the 1980s the opening chord signaled to me that the preceding track (Rise) was over and it was time to rewind my cassette tape. I was so captivated by the first two tracks of the album that I never paid any attention to this third one, whatsoever.

I rediscovered the album early 2017 after being invited to play Rise, and finally gave Behind the Rain the attention that I think it deserved. I’d wanted to play this tune ever since.

This transcription is not the full chart and is limited only to the trumpet parts played in the chorus. This was all that I needed to transcribe because the rest of the piece was available commercially as a lead sheet (which also contains the solo transcriptions) I purchased for just $2.00 from Music Notes.

I added tenor sax to double the trumpet chorus for extra weight.

Resources:

Herb Alpert - Behind the Rain - Trumpet+Tenor Sax chart. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com Herb Alpert - Behind the Rain - Trumpet

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin’)

A well-known classic, I thought I would have no trouble finding a chart for this online. But what I discovered was that all the arrangements I found had deviated from Stevie Wonder’s classic and morphed into something else. That’s well and good if you’ve got a 17-piece big band and you want to take the song to a new place, but I was keen for this to be played as a tribute to Stevie in the manner in which he intended.

So here we have my transcriptions of the trumpet and sax parts for Master Blaster (Jammin’), just as Stevie Wonder’s musicians recorded for his 1980 album Hotter than July.

Resources:

Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster - Trumpet+Tenor Sax. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.