10 progressive jazz etudes volume 1.

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.


The Jazz Etudes

​The etudes in this book are


  1. Autumn leaves

  2. Blue Bossa

  3. Blues in F

  4. On green dolphin street

  5. Recorda Me

  6. Rhythm changes

  7. Stella by starlight

  8. Take the A train 

  9. There will never be another you

  10. What is this thing called love

Plus all the backing tracks and demo recordings! Scroll down to access them.

  10 jazz etudes in Concert - Bb - Eb pitch & bass clef

10 jazz etudes

3 progressive choruses each - Beginner - intermediate - Advanced intermediate

3 different tempo backing tracks for each tune

Bb pitch - Concert pitch - Eb pitch - Bass clef

Demo recording of every etude - All FREE to download (scroll to the bottom of this page)!

What are you going to get?

  10 jazz etudes in Concert - Bb - Eb pitch & bass clef

  • 10 progressive etudes in Bb pitch - Value - £9.99
  • 10 progressive etudes in Eb pitch - Value - £9.99

  • 10 progressive etudes in Concert pitch - Value - £9.99

  • 10 progressive etudes in Bass clef - Value - £9.99

  • All backing tracks (30 of them) £9.99

  • All recorded etudes (90 of them, many hours work) £19.99

Combined value - £70

Available to you today for only £9.99

Each etude has 3 choruses -

  1. Beginner

  2. Intermediate

  3. Advanced intermediate

You will also be able to access (no extra cost) 90 backing tracks! Each tune comes with three different tempo backing tracks! Backing tracks and demo etudes are at the bottom of this page!

What do our customers say about our 'jazz etudes'?

Ken Brown - 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.....

Martin WInter - Principal Trumpet with the 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.'

Simon Willats - Simon has performed and recorded for the BBC and PBS, Alfred and Hal Leonard and also with many artists ranging such as Andrea Bocelli, Wayne Bergeron, Phil Woods, Paul Anka, Doc Severinson, Johnny Mathis, Allen Vizzutti and Hugh Jackman.


'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.'


Russell Anderson - Trumpet player


'Hi Darren - I want to send you a note about my delight with your etude book. As a comeback trumpet player, these are perfect! I love having something to practice other than scales that are melodic and chord-tone based. I would think that any intermediate player would enjoy these as I do!

Keep up the great work - please!'

Jarritt A Sheel - Assistant Professor, Music Education - Berklee College of Music 

'Your etudes are great, my students love them!'

Take the A train - Taken from the 10 progressive jazz etudes pdf book