Easy Flight of the Bumblebee for Trumpet (Level 2)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
by Eddie Lewis


Trumpet solo sheet music for Flight of the Bumblebee is available at:


Easy Flight of the Bumblebee

Flight of the Bumblebee Trumpet Sheet Music PDF

Trumpet Solo Sheet Music PDF
by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Eddie Lewis Trumpet

This is an arrangement that I wrote for my students. Every once in a while I get a student who has an appetite for the Flight of the Bumblebee but is nowhere near the neighborhood of the technique it takes to play that music. This arrangement is my answer to that problem.

For this arrangement, I halved all the rhythmic values and divided the melody between the piano and the trumpet. If I remember right, I also put it in a lower key. The arrangement is easy enough that a mediocre junior high student can play it.

I actually have a student who is working on it now who is only in fifth grade right now. He played it in his last lesson and will soon be ready to perform it.

Chromatic Scale

I mentioned in my blog post about my On His Word composition that I like to give the students real pieces of music that apply the chromatic scale after they’ve learned it. This arrangement of The Flight of the Bumblebee is a wonderful addition to that collection of easy chromatic pieces.

I like to say that you can’t separate the music from the people. I say it a lot.

Another way to say it is that you can’t quarantine the music from its culture. And I was saying this long before covid-19, ha ha ha!

When you look at music this way, it becomes clear that practicing scales for their own sake is not musical. The scales themselves do not make that all-important human connection.

Yes, the scales are important, but they are meaningless outside of musical application. They must have context. Without the music, they are pointless.

So pieces like this and On His Word are important for helping the students put the chromatic scale into a musical context.

Skill Level

Flight of the Bumble Bee Easy Trumpet Solo Sheet Music Sample

For almost every parameter, the skill level for this arrangement of Flight of the Bumblebee is Trumpet Tyro. However, the first note is F sharp at the top of the staff.

Okay, I just fixed that. Ha ha! I put it down an octave and put an optional 8va on it.

So now, the entire piece conforms to my Trumpet Tyro Skill Level. With the introduction placed down an octave, the highest note is fourth space E. The rhythms are all eighth-notes instead of sixteenth-notes.

Trumpet Tyro Skill Level is our second of seven skill levels. We consider it the second beginner level. These students are still beginners, but not absolute beginners like the Trumpet Pioneer Skill Level students.

Recommendations

Before practicing Flight of the Bumblebee, or On His Word or any other chromatic composition, I strongly recommend that the students learn the chromatic scale first. And in my opinion, the best way to learn the chromatic scale is to first do the scale expansion exercises on it. Then practice the tonalization studies over the chromatic scale. Then, when the students have done that, it’s time to start incorporating the chromatic scale into their solo and ensemble music.

For now, the book we have available for chromatic scale expansion is the Band Scale Expansion Studies book. The last part of the book is dedicated to learning the chromatic scale.

Later, we will add chromatic tonalization studies for the Trumpet Tyro Skill Level as a module to the music store. We just haven’t done that yet.

I’ll tell you what, if you are interested in purchasing the tyro level tonalization studies for the chromatic scale, please let me know and I will make that a priority. It would probably only be $3.99 because it’s only a few pages worth of exercises.


Trumpet solo sheet music for Flight of the Bumblebee is available at:

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