54 Trumpet Triumph

Dedication: Frank Green

Recording Reference: Celebrations

There is a category of etude that I like to practice and assign to my students that I call articulation endurance. These are etudes for which we are single tonguing relatively quickly for an extended period of time. I call them articulation endurance studies because if you are not used to it, these pieces will give you cramps at the back of your tongue.

Trumpet Triumph is a duet version of those etudes for intermediate trumpet players. I wrote this duet to be used in my lessons as an alternative to practicing etudes.

Duets are a wonderful substitute in the lessons for etudes. They can accomplish the same skill building and musicianship maturity that etudes do, but in a more musical context.

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95 Sonic Mischief

Dedication: Marty Olivas

Recording Reference: Celebrations

Sonic Mischief is a swing duet, in six, that was designed to help students grow their technique on the C sharp whole-tone scale. Every note of the duet is in that one scale.

The C sharp whole-tone scale has the following notes in it:

C#, Eb, F, G, A, B

Whole-tones are symmetric, which means that there is no bottom, or home base note in the scale. All of the notes in the scale can be “tonicised”. In other words, each note in the scale could be the first note of the scale.

The most widely known symmetric scale is the chromatic scale. The chromatic scale can begin on any note and it will still be the chromatic scale.

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97 Spider Ground

Dedication: Ken Easton

Recording Reference: Trumpet Quasi Master, Celebrations

Spider Ground is a modern sounding duet based on my Spider Chords harmonic language.

A ground is a composition built around a short, repeated, melodic segment that is usually in the bass. This repeated bass line is also called “basso ostinato“.

In this duet, I let the two trumpets take turns playing the bass part while alternatively exploring the harmonies based on the Spider Chord progression chosen for the composition.

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28 Street Stroll

Dedication:

Recording Reference: Celebrations

Street Stroll is an educational trumpet duet I composed to help students learn to play in the 6/8 time signature. This duet can be performed in either two or six. I like to assign it to the students in six first. When they are finished learning it that way, we reassign it but in two the second time. That really helps them to understand how 6/8 works as a compound meter.

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4 Come With Me

Recording Reference: Celebrations

Come With Me is an easy duet that I originally composed for my son, Alex, and I to play when he was first starting off learning the trumpet. This one introduces half notes (the first three duets are only whole notes) but the range is still limited to first space F.

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71 Trumpet Dance

Dedication: Sam Trimble

Recording Reference: Celebrations

Trumpet Dance is a duet I composed in exact canon form, but in 5/8 time. It was inspired by a duet I used to play with Sam Trimble (my trumpet teacher at UTEP) and my friends. If you have the Selected Duets for Cornet or Trumpet, Volume 2, but Voxman, then you probably played that duet before. This Trumpet Dance duet was inspired by the duet on page 32 of that book. It’s titled Allegro (from Canonic Sonata No. 1) by Telemann.

This duet is also one of the Tonalization Duets in the Celebrations book. There are twelve of these diatonic duets in the book. They are 100% diatonic. No accidentals.

Free Sample of this Duet: Trumpet Dance

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19 Steeple on a Hilltop

Dedication:

Recording Reference: Celebrations

Steeple on a Hilltop is one the beginner duets in the Celebrations book. It is an opportunity for the students to learn to play in a stately, maestoso style.

Free Sample of this Duet: Steeple on a Hilltop

Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 19

Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 19

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