The Beatles – For No One

This is a tricky little French horn solo. Transposed and transcribed for flugelhorn, with your choice of 6 sharps or 6 flats (identical pitches). In a strange kind of way, it’s a useful exercise to challenge your brain to read the exact same lines of music but written two different ways. I liken playing with 6-7 sharps to climbing into a cow paddock through a barbed wire fence because there’s such a high risk of getting cut. Playing with 6-7 flats to me is like getting through that fence and immediately dodging piles of poop because chances are you’ll find one.

I opted for 6 flats over 6 sharps in this instance, but that was influenced by there being 1 x C♭ to deal with as opposed to 11 x E#. Had all things been equal I’d have probably selected the sharps because I tend to encounter them more commonly and my brain is more accustomed to dealing with them.

Anyway, for your purposes be sure to choose wisely… 😉

Resources:

The Beatles - For No One - Flugelhorn G-flat The Beatles - For No One - Flugelhorn F-sharp

Update June 8, 2017

I was so pleased when I was asked to play this again, in the much kinder key of F♮ (E♭ concert)! Here’s the friendlier chart and Bandhub collab video, expertly sung by my good friend Van:

The Beatles - For No One - Flugelhorn F-natural

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

Resources:

Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made for Walkin' - Trumpet

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Orchestral Transcriptions / Transpositions: Greig, Dvorak, Brahms

Woollahra Philharmonic OrchestraI’m not a classical or orchestral player by any means, but I recently had the honor of playing 2nd trumpet in a concert with the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra. My very first (and quite possibly my last) legitimate, serious orchestral experience!

Of course, none of the music was written for my instrument, B♭ trumpet. Most of it was written for E trumpet, also some for F and C trumpet. Generally speaking, classical trumpet players own instruments pitched in different keys, and/or can transpose readily at sight. Not me. I needed a few weeks before my first rehearsal to transpose every fiddly part for B♭ trumpet before I could play my first note with the orchestra.

Although I anticipate no demand for these whatsoever, here are my transposed parts anyway. Complete with the JazzText font, to make me feel at home while playing in an alien setting 🙂

Note: The original parts in their original keys were downloaded copyright-free from IMSLP, so I don’t envisage any copyright considerations for my transposition of those same parts.

Resources:

Greig - Symphonic Dances, Op.64 I - Bb Trumpet 2 Greig - Symphonic Dances, Op.64 II - Bb Trumpet 2
Greig - Symphonic Dances, Op.64 III - Bb Trumpet 2 Greig - Symphonic Dances, Op.64 IV - Bb Trumpet 2
Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op.104 I - Bb Trumpet 2 Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op.104 II - Bb Trumpet 2 Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op.104 III - Bb Trumpet 2
Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 1 - Bb Trumpet 2 Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 3 - Bb Trumpet 2
Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 6 - Bb Trumpet 2 Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 10 - Bb Trumpet 2

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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