Cruisin’ by Andy Firth
About Cruisin’ by Andy Firth
This intermediate-level driving rock original features your guitarist as the featured soloist throughout. Although the guitar part is completely scored, complete with solo, it can be improvised if preferred. The melody is reminiscent of and in the style of hits by the Shadows, the Allman Brothers, and other guitar bands of the 1960s and ’70s. There’s plenty of punchy brass figures and sax lines that are both easy to play and that “totally groove!”.
The arrangement opens with a heavy rock riff on the guitar and this leads to the first statement of the main melody.
The brass and saxes then play the bridge section before the guitar returns with the melody and rock riff once again.
The brass plays the main theme punctuated by the saxes which lead to a written guitar solo that has chord changes for an improvised solo.
Short drum breaks follow this and then the guitar and saxes return with the melody.
This leads to a short coda section and the end of the arrangement.
This arrangement is energetic, powerful, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next concert!
Ranges and Technical Aspects:
Technical and Ranges: Tpt 1: G above stave Trom 1: G above the stave.
4th Trombone: Bass but has been converted for tenor trombone.
Moderate technical and rhythmic difficulty. No semi-quaver lines.
Soloists: Features guitar throughout with improvised or written solo.
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