 # Beginner Wedding Pieces Tutorial 4/5: “Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clarke

Hi! Welcome to Liberty Park Music
I’m Michelle Huang This is a short tutorial on how to practice the popular wedding piece Trumpet Voluntary by the English baroque
composer Jeremiah Clarke The piece is divided into three sections A-B-A with the two outer sections almost
exactly the same Notice the first two measures of each
line or each phrase starts the same way with similar rhythms and patterns let’s clap and count the right-hand
rhythms since is the more complicated one 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and Remember that going from 8th note to the third beat quarter note it’s quick 1+2+3 1+2+3+4 and Now, let’s play the right hand 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and Both hands 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and The same data rhythms occur throughout the piece clap and count the same way 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and A good way to approach a new piece is to learn in small chunks. Start by looking at each phrase tap both hands and rhythms first then learn each hand separately
before putting them together I will demonstrate with the 1st phrase We’ll first tap out the rhythms for both hands 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and Then play and count the right hand 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and Then the left hand 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and Then both hands 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and 1+2+3+4 and Follow this procedure for every phrase Next let’s take a look at the notes and
fingerings in each section closely The piece is in C major it begins with the same rhythmic pattern
we have just talked about The right hand is in C-5 finger pattern The left-hand oscillates back and forth
between the tonic and dominant of C major which is C and G Notice that the right hand goes up by a
step in measure one Where the left hand goes up further by a
fifth right hand keeps going up by steps While the left hand goes back down in 5th back to C so both hands start going the same direction first then diverge and go in the opposite
direction in measure 3 don’t forget to let go of the left-hand
C from measure 2 In measure 4 connect the right hand D
to the left hand G So it sounds like one melody Then letting go of the right hand D for the rest the second phrase starts the same as the
first phrase but then becomes a little different in measure 7 the motion for
playing each 2 notes slur is down up drop the hand gently into the key Keeping the wrist loose then release up Do this twice Like we talked about before the B section starts with similar rhythmic pattern as the A section the difference is that the left hand
goes up by a step just like the right hand both hands continues to move up the left hand skipping a fourth this time just like the A section Connec the notes between the left and the right hand seamlessly so the melody is not broken up In measure 15 watch out for thumb crossing and two notes slur happening at the same time practice this right hand slowly to get
the fingerings and emotion down, up, down, up, down, up Notice there is a crescendo in measure 16 leading to the return of the A section as the grand finale be sure to pace the crescendo so it gets louder gradually A section returns with the exact same material but with one additional G in the left hand in measure 23 Notice that the return of the A section
is marked fortissimo so be sure to play it stronger than the
beginning Engage your arms more with bigger
movements to project the sound In this tutorial we talked about how to
efficiently practice the popular wedding piece Trumpet Voluntary Continue to review the musical and technical details in today’s tutorial Happy practicing and
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