Instrument Masterclass - The Trumpet

An introduction to writing for the trumpet.

Course Instructor: Helen Noir

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Aimed at electronic musicians wanting to begin to work with orchestral instruments and musicians, this workshop will begin a tour of the standard orchestral instruments by teaching the standard articulations for the trumpet, along with some of the best practices for writing for this instrument, and how to programme trumpet VSTs for realism

Trumpet Player: Sheila Maurice-Grey

Sheila brings her melange of influences from organic grooves infused with 70s jazz and a touch of West African sonic seasoning. These sounds are heavily influenced by her London upbringing.

What you'll learn

  • Understand the range and standard articulations for the trumpet
  • Begin to write playable and idiomatic music for the trumpet, whether for an IRL musician or a VST
  • Create realistic trumpet lines using VSTS, with understanding of range, articulations, dynamics, expression, and modulation
  • Communicate as a composer with a trumpet player (by understanding what can reasonably be asked of the instrument and what experimental techniques might be possible)
  • Begin to understand the differences in trumpet sound for a range of styles of music for trumpet (orchestral, jazz, soul) and apply this knowledge to programming trumpet VSTs

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

Course content

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Who is this course for

  • Composers, arrangers, TV and film music producers
  • DAW and music notation software users looking to learn to write for the trumpet
  • Anyone looking to produce music with realistic-sounding software instruments

Useful links

SWAM Solo Brass / Trumpet plugin

About the workshop leader

Helen Noir (she/her) is a London-based soprano, composer, orchestrator & producer. She writes soundtracks for film, fashion and theatre, most recently for Joseph Wilson's Isn't it a Beautiful World, which premiered at BFI London Film Festival in October 2021. She works specifically with directors and designers to take music from initial composition through recording, orchestration, production and mixing. She also performs regularly with cult performance art group Theo Adams Company, and is an operatic session vocalist.

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