This is the first video lesson of many to follow that covers a brass quintet arrangement of the jazz standard Emily. Brass quintet instrumentation is 2 trumpets, 1 horn, trombone, and tuba.
This arrangement was done by a long time class member in Belgium. The lesson focuses on just the first 16 bars of the arrangement, an 8-bar intro followed by the first 8 bars of the tune.
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Listen to OriginalEmily5tet.mp3
Points covered in this lesson are listed below.
1) Key choice is extremely important. This arrangement would probably lay better in the key of Eb rather than G. The revision will stay in G however.
2) Trumpet line in beginning is weak, no need for all instruments to be playing all the time, especially from 1st measure on.
3) Watch span between instruments, especially between 1st and 2nd trumpet.
4) Brass players need to breathe and rest. Arrange the music so there are natural breaths in the lines, rather than constant music with breath marks where applicable.
5) Add rhythm in tuba part to allow for breathing and also for more space in part.
6) Let moving lines outline harmonic choices wherever possible.
More video critique lessons on this arrangement are coming soon. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.