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: Rhythms, Articulations, Accents + Motion
- Listening: Count Basie with Lester Young, Frank Sinatra; others.
BLUES FORM, the BASICS
- Blues Form, two versions
- Hearing Form, simple chorus solo #1
- Hearing Form, simple chorus solo #2
- Hearing Form, simple chorus solo #3
- More Blues Choruses
CHORD and SCALE STUDIES:
BEGINNER JAZZ ii-V VOCABULARY + BLUES CHANGES
- Three lines, all keys
- Blues with_ii-V in last four measures
- Blues with three added_ii-V progressions (#1)
- Blues with three added ii-V progressions (#2)
- Blues with three added ii-V progressions (#3)
- Blues_with two-bar turnaround
- listening and transcription analysis
INTERMEDIATE ii-V VOCABULARY, BLUES IN OTHER KEYS.
- Seven Sheets
- Substitutions, part 1
- Substitutions, part 2
- Blues Changes All Keys
- ii-V vocabulary, transcription assignments and analysis
- iv and bVII subs, tritone subs, etc.
- Minor Key Harmony: ii–7(b5) _V7(b9) + various altered dominants.
- Minor_ii_V_vocabulary (advanced)
- Diminished Vocabulary on ii-V-I-VI
- DIzzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins, Kenny Dorham.
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.
- Six Minor Scales in all keys
- Modes: Four Systems (overview)
- Modes of Major, Melodic Minor, Harmonic Major, Harmonic Minor
- Minor Key Chord/Scale Choices
- Diminished Chords/Scales/Sequences, 8-tone
- Diminished: when to use it on V7 and dim7 chords
INTERVALS / TRIADIC, plus Symmetric, 9-tone, 12-tone:
- Melodic Workout (2010)
- Triad Plus One (2011)
- The Matrix (2013)
- All Triad Tone Row (2010)
- Three Note Shapes (2013)
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”