Bugle CallsBugle calls can serve many purposes besides their intended purpose.
If you want to teach the major triads, but you want your students to suffer as little boredom as possible, the best way might be to have your students to transpose bugle calls.
If you want a quodlibet exercise, almost any two or more of these items will do, provided that they have the same time signature and the same number of measures.
Of all of the collections of bugle calls, the one by Captain Daniel J. Canty seems to be the best.
There have been other collections published, but we have found no entries in those collections which are not also in the collection by Canty.
I am very grateful to the New York Public Library for making this publication available on-line free of charge.
These items might be good for a first lesson on any instrument.
Good for an ear training lesson on the major third.
Good for a lesson on the major triad in root position.
Good for an ear training lesson on the perfect fourth.
Also good for beginners in guitar, bass guitar, or string bass.
Good for an ear training lesson on the perfect octave.
Good for an ear training lesson on the major sixth.
Good for a lesson on the major triad in second inversion.
Unless included in the above categories, the tone rows of all entries include so do mi so.
#4 and #37 are good for a lesson on sequences.
#28, #29, #38, p. 38, and pp. 37-39 are written in three parts.
They might be good for a lesson on sightsinging in parts.
For a lesson on inversions, compare #122 with #123, #129 with #130, or #143 with #144.
I don't know why, but I have found #48, Santa Finn Barr, especially attractive.
I used to play this piece when practicing on a Korean folk instrument.
Canty, D. J. 1916. Bugle signals, calls & marches; for Army,
Navy, Marine Corps, Revenue Cutter Service &
National Guard. Bryn Mawr, PA: Oliver Ditson.
Available on-line here.
A good source of British bugle calls is:
n. a. 1966. Trumpet and bugle calls for the Army. London: Her Majesty's Sationery Office: 54-63.
If you have any comments, questions,
or suggested additions to the collection,
send me a message,