What’s this all about?

I’m a trumpet player. I play for fun in many varied settings, including big-bands and musical theater. One setting that I really enjoy is playing on Bandhub.com, where I collaborate with many different musicians worldwide.

webcam01Often when I play on Bandhub I need to transcribe charts for B♭ trumpet and flugelhorn. It can sometimes take me hours to learn brass lines by ear (from a backing track or original recording) and mark them up in a sheet music format. So each transcription feels like quite an investment in time. Then, after I’ve recorded my part, the chart is redundant and unlikely to be used ever again.

So for what it’s worth, I thought I would share my transcriptions back to the trumpet community via this blog. Hopefully, when trumpet players search for trumpet charts they need, Google will send them here. And if you’re a trumpet player and you need a chart I’ve transcribed, here it is: free for you to use as you please!

For each transcription, I’ve included a link to a video or the Bandhub collab. That way you can see and hear the chart being played as intended.

I don’t profess that these are professional quality offerings and I wouldn’t think about charging for any of them. The selection is very heavily influenced by the Bandhub collaboration invitations that I’ve received; in many instances, I had never heard the pieces before being asked to play but agreed for fun and for the challenge to transcribe. Many of the charts are in musical styles that I wouldn’t ordinarily play. But every one of them has done the job for me.

If you like or use one of my charts, I’d love you to leave a comment on the blog so I can read about it. It would be nice to know this was useful for someone. 🎺

Finding Me on Bandhub

G1969-11-007This is pretty easy – my Bandhub alias is satchmo67. Check out my Bandhub Profile to see all of my “collabs” to date.

And if you’re interested, I take the name “Satchmo” from the pet bulldog I had as a kid. But Dad named our bulldog after “Satchmo” Louis Armstrong, the father of modern trumpet and the most influential musician in jazz and jazz-influenced music.

Music Scoring Software

musescore2.0I’ve been asked what software I use for my transcriptions. The answer is MuseScore, a free open-source alternative to the likes of Sibelius, Finale and Forte.

It comes with a reasonable learning curve that needs to be met. But now that I’m reasonably proficient, it’s a big time-saver over the hand-written charts that I once toiled over.