How the Trumpet Works
First Notes: C and G
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Avalon printable sheet music (right-click to download):
Trumpet (in Bb)
mp3 Backing Track (courtesy of Stephane Wrembel)
- need to slow it down? Use Audacity
And if you want to play with others (printable sheet music):
C instruments (guitar, piano, etc.)
Eb Instruments (alto sax, etc.)
F Instruments (horn, etc.)
Avalon example #1 (Malo Mazurié (France) – trumpet)
Avalon example #2: Donald Byrd, trumpet (tpt solo starts 4:03)
Avalon example #3 (The Original): Al Jolson, 1920
If a melody you're learning has lyrics, learning them will not only help you remember the melody, it'll help you to play it better and not get lost as easily. Check out the original below, sung by one of the writers, Al Jolson. This version starts with the verse. The chorus, which is often the only part that is played in the jazz standard (the melody from the book) begins at 0:36. Learn more about Avalon.