Most of my readers already know that I don’t like to waste my time writing something that has already been written. All of my books and compositions were authored and composed because I felt like I had something different to present. So why am I composing and publishing extremely easy trumpet solos?
Pioneer Trumpet Solos
One of the things that makes my method of teaching different from most other methods I know of is that I believe it is never too early to begin working on the most difficult aspects of our art. For example, even my beginner students do multiple tongue exercises, embellishments, transposition, and work on solos.
How is this possible you ask?
It’s possible because I simplify those difficult aspects to a degree that allows the most beginning students to get their feet in the proverbial door.
I believe ALL classical trumpet players should be working on solos. It’s not a “wait until your ready” subject in our lessons. The problem was that there are no solos easy enough to fit my criteria for what I call “Trumpet Pioneer” students. I have been collecting trumpet solos for myself and for my students for over thirty years. I have hundreds of trumpet solos and I have never seen even one that fits my criteria.
So I wrote what I felt my students needed.
The bird march is the first of the three Trumpet Pioneer Solos. It is in B flat concert and features a time signature of 4/4, range up to C in the staff, and primarily quarter-note rhythms. It has already been performed by my students at school presentations. The one girl was a fourth grader and had only been playing trumpet for a few months!
How awesome is that?
That’s what this is all about! We want the students to be fully submerged into this art of music from the beginning. We are opposed to the traditional concept that says, “thou shalt struggle for years before thou mayest enjoy your music.”
With these Trumpet Pioneer solos, the students have readily performable literature right away at the beginning of their careers.
Feathered Friends is in E flat concert, in 3/4 time, quarter-note rhythms and a range up to C in the staff. Feathered Friends introduces the students to the contrast of slurs vs. staccatos. Just as with The Bird March, it is readily learned by even the earliest beginners.
Purple Parrots is only slightly more difficult than the other two pioneer solos. It is in F concert. It has the same qualities as the other two, range to C, quarter-note rhythms, etc., but there is more material to learn and the tempo is a bit brighter than the others.
An Educational Need
It is my hope that teachers all over the world will use these simple compositions to expose their students to the performance world, safely, earlier in their music careers. I have found in my own teaching that the students who followed my method from the very beginning have had very little difficulty with performance anxiety, ensemble playing and learning repertoire as more advanced players. They are available as PDF downloads for $4.99 each at http://tigermusicstore.com.