Jazz Trumpet

Dear students: On this page below is loose outline of jazz trumpet course material.  You will see a collection of various aides to our study of jazz playing, improvisation, theory, and composition. This listening and historical element is also crucial. We start with blues and swing, and move into chord studies and jazz vocabulary, both of which will increase the range of what you can hear and play. The outline is aimed at developing players from the beginning stages all the way into fully competent improvisers. I hope that as you continue in music, you will become life-students of jazz and continue to learn as long as you play. For the best results, these studies should be done in conjunction with intense listening and transcription of jazz, recurring ensemble playing experience, as well as continued development of classical & band playing, theory, ear-training and sight-singing.

BLUES Scales + Sounds in Major and Minor, Easy Blues Repertoire.

  • C Minor Blues
  • C Major Blues
  • “One for Daddy-O,” “Sugar,” “Now’s the Time,” “Moanin'” (Bobby Timmons), “Sandu,” “Sonnymoon for Two,” “Trane’s Slo Blues”
  • Other listening: Louis Armstrong w/ Earl Hines and others; Duke Ellington,  “Blues for New Orleans” and The Blanton-Webster Band; Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson; Ray Charles.

SWING FEEL

BLUES FORM, the BASICS

CHORD and SCALE STUDIES:

BEGINNER JAZZ ii-V VOCABULARY + BLUES CHANGES

INTERMEDIATE ii-V VOCABULARY, BLUES IN OTHER KEYS.

TUNE LEARNING, TRANSCRIPTION, REPERTOIRE DEVELOPMENT

  • Individualized study, based on student interest, which usually includes blues, swing, post-bebop styles, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, Rhythm Changes, Duke Ellington, American Songbook and Tin Pan Alley tunes, plus contemporary styles of composition as needed.

ADVANCED THEORY

INTERVALS / TRIADIC, plus Symmetric, 9-tone, 12-tone:

ADVANCED BEBOP TRANSCRIPTIONS for analysis (email me for these files, I removed them recently because I’m getting ready to publish them):

  • Forty-two Fats Navarro Solo Transcriptions
  • Sonny Rollins “Striver’s Row”

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