I love creating jazz etudes that students of the music might enjoy learning and playing that aren't quite ready for the solos of giants such as Clifford Brown, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie...
The jazz language and vocabulary contained within this etude (and all etudes that I create) is aimed at intermediate students wanting to develop vocabulary in a fun doing way!
Long ago and far away is a great jazz standard by Jerome Kern and has been performed by many of the great players!
This etude, although containing lots of 8th notes, is in an easy playing range and also comes with 2 different tempo backing tracks to suit different levels!
I hope you enjoy the etude.
To access the FREE resources, simply follow the links in the description of the YouTube video shown below!
Just to let you know that I create and post a weekly jazz etude for my tier 1 members on Patreon! Along with backing tracks and mini lesson. Here is the link if you are interested!
Check out a few testimonials of my jazz etudes -
"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 65 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.....
Ken Brown - Trumpet player with the Halle Orchestra
Hi Darren, I really love your etudes. 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."
Martin Winter - Principal Trumpet with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
"I love your jazz etudes ...not just for myself but for all of my students. They range from grade 3 up to grade 8. I have been teaching trumpet and jazz for over 40 years now and have tried a lot of methods but yours are proving to be the best by far.I look forward to all your future projects. We never stop learning so keep up the great work Darren. Best wishes"
Graham Russell LLCM (T.D.) ARCM, ALCM - Studio Trumpet - Lead Trumpet West End - Lead Trumpet Dame Shirley Bassey
'Your etudes are great, my students love them!'
Jarritt A Sheel - Assistant Professor, Music Education - Berklee College of Music
I hope you love them too! If you do, I have a great offer for you!
Warm regards, Darren.