Is this you?
Are you a frustrated jazz student who, when it comes to improvising, can't think or hear anything to play?
Are you getting bogged down practicing material that isn't helping you?
Is all the jazz sheet music out there too difficult?
I have created a book that will help you develop jazz your vocabulary
We learn to improvise by internalising jazz vocabulary, approach notes, syncopation, enclosures, motifs...
The 10 progressive jazz etudes is full of great sounding jazz vocabulary. You will instantly sound authentic in your playing of the 10 jazz standards found in this pdf book
By practicing and internalising the music found within the etudes, you will gain confidence, technique, style and have great fun playing through each etude
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
'Hi Darren, I really love your book/books. I was a brass band nerd (still am I suppose) til I entered the RNCM aged 23. I did 10 years with the BBC Philharmonic then moved to Norway and the Bergen Philharmonic. I have been here for 20 years now combining the orchestra and playing lead trumpet with the Bergen big band. I also conduct bands and write my own music. The thing I like about your etudes is it allows me to be slightly freer in my improvisation. I usually find due to my “classical” background that I improvise ok-ish during rehearsals but when I get to the gig my ideas freeze up. This maybe due to not having enough jazz language to use. Without doubt your etudes are helping me cement a better awareness of the language.'
Trumpet player with the Halle Orchestra
"The études are exactly what I need to break the impasse and have the confidence to overcome years of "slavery to the dots". Darren has achieved so much by Intelligently applying himself to the task of understanding the language and developing his own talent. The études are a wealth of genuine standards from the "greats" across the genres. Darren's articulate presentation encourages you to persist and really achieve. See you at the other end.....
BBC | Alfred and Hal Leonard
Andrea Bocelli | Wayne Bergeron
'Darren’s material is fantastic . Well organised Etudes set to the great standards in comfortable ranges . In my experience as a jazz teacher, there is no better way to absorb the language than jazz etudes and Darren has done a wonderful job in doing this. In this time of social distancing, Darren has made practicing fun with great play alongs and a healthy amount of material. As a very experienced performer himself, his wealth of experience comes thru his etudes and online updates. I recommend these for all levels.'