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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:11 am    Post subject: 2nd Trumpet Parts Reply with quote

Our 10-piece swing band has two trumpets but most of our charts are written for one.

What's your advice?

Play everything in unison
Alternate tunes
Alternate sections of tunes
One trumpet transposes the part down a third.
Some other solution
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use one trumpet as primary and the other as a sub?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:18 am    Post subject: Seize the opportunity for some rests! Reply with quote

I play in a 10-piece swing band that has certain charts with only one trumpet part, and what we do is trade sections. Since most of those old stocks from the late 20s and 30s have very few written rests, these one-trumpet charts give us the opportunity to rest a little while not letting our chops get cold.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:07 pm    Post subject: Re: 2nd Trumpet Parts Reply with quote

jhatpro wrote:
One trumpet transposes the part down a third.


This one will *not* work reliably. They tend to use more than one type of chord in a lot of songs.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, guys! I think we'll go with the alternating sections approach and see how that works.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One guy plays, the other goes to the bar. If the guy makes it back from the bar, then he spells the other guy, and the guy that had been playing goes to the bar.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or....pain in the *** that it might be, write out second trumpet parts, unless the second guy can improvise harmonies.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Irving wrote:
One guy plays, the other goes to the bar. If the guy makes it back from the bar, then he spells the other guy, and the guy that had been playing goes to the bar.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:01 pm    Post subject: 2nd Trumpet Part Reply with quote

Even if you got lucky with the third below approach, you'd probably be treading on the second horn in the stack--likely the alto sax. If you were trying to write a Trumpet 2 part, you really should assemble all the horn parts on a score to see if you can invent logical lines from what's missing harmonically.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:08 pm    Post subject: Trumpet 2? Reply with quote

Incidentally, it sounds like you have a six- or seven-horn band. Many of the six- and seven-horn charts I have on my library actually are written for two trumpets. You're welcome to inquire.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're missing parts for your second trumpet, you say? Seems to be a bit of synchronicity here, in another thread he's looking for a second valve slide.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

write out harmonies

trade out A/B sections

One play the tune, one play the solo

One play with a mute in unison

the stacking 3rds with work right up until it doesn't... in a really bad way
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