The Blue Standard
For Beginner Trumpet Trio
by Eddie Lewis
Blue Standard is a very simple blues song. It is easy enough for beginners to play. The highest note is second space A and the smallest rhythmic value is quarter-notes. The piece also gives each trumpet player enough rests so they can play all the way through even if they don’t have very strong embouchures yet.
Beginner Trumpet Trio
Eddie Lewis believes it is important for students to start playing performable literature from the very beginning. To that end, Lewis has been composing a number of solos, duets, trios and quartets for students with limited skills. He has written several beginner trumpet trios that sound like real music. That’s an important part of what he is doing with this music. These are not exercises. They are not dummied down arrangements. They are genuine compositions written for students of this lowest skill level.
The result is that the students have valuable performance experiences very early in their trumpet careers. We believe this ends up making big differences in their futures, not only as musicians but also as functioning members of society.