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Jazz etudes have been created to help intermediate students of jazz develop their, jazz vocabulary, improvisation skills, articulation, musical memory....
Tips on getting the most from the etudes
Practice your favourite until you can do it from memory (even if it's just 8 bars)
Once you can play flawlessly, then try and work it out in different keys, all of them if you can!
Once you've done this, try to incorporate the vocabulary into other jazz standards you are working on.
Listen to an example of the etudes on this video!
The etudes include
All of me
Big butter & egg man
I can't give you anything but love
Just a closer walk with thee
Struttin' with some barbecue
The sheik of Araby
When the saints go marching in
When you're smiling
Check out the testimonials for jazz etudes!
Ken Brown - Trumpet player with the Halle Orchestra
"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. His material and demonstrations avoid the common fault of self -aggrandisement and make real progress achievable whether you are approaching improvisation like me from a classical background, or simply seeking to develop authenticity. 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 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."
I hope you enjoy the etudes.
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