Practical Jazz Theory for Improvisation

The Practical Jazz Theory for Improvisation series was originally written as a curriculum/text  for the National Jazz Workshop. The intent was to provide an overview during the summer sessions while providing a more comprehensive text and exercise solution for student to pursue on their own.  The series consists of three separate books – A primary theory text for all instruments, (black cover) and two companion exercise books – treble clef (green cover) and bass clef (red cover). While they are designed to be used in conjunction with each other, each is effective as a stand-alone enhancement to development. The exercise books are especially useful for technique development.  These books are available in print version on Amazon.com and Lulu.com. A PDF version is also available on Lulu.com. Click cover art for Lulu.com purchasing options. 

 

A Daily Dose of Scales for Improvisation

Treble Clef
Bass Clef 

daily scale practice routine for development of jazz improvisational facility. For trumpet and all treble clef instruments. Exercises include: Major Scales, Modes of the Major Scale, Harmonic Minor Scale, Melodic Minor Scale Modes of Melodic Minor, Whole-Half Diminished, Half-Whole Diminished, the Whole Tone Scale, the Major Pentatonic, The Blues Scale and the Dominant Bebop Scale.

These books are available in print version on Amazon.com and Lulu.com. A PDF version is also available on Lulu.com. Click cover art for Lulu.com purchasing options. 

 

A Daily Dose of Minor Pentatonics for Improvisation

Treble Clef
Bass Clef

The use of pentatonics in improvisation is a long-standing tradition that runs the gamut of musical styles and genres. When played generically as eighth notes, the interval structure implies a chord outline but with enough step wise motion to maintain linear direction. When the scale is started on the downbeat, the minor third intervals create a natural off-beat accent that is inherent to a contemporary swing style. Pentatonics are easily permutated into attractive symmetrical and sequential melodic shapes that in many cases have become recognizable cliches. As a scale that doesn’t distinctly define a specific harmony, multiple harmonic situations can be negotiated with a single well understood pentatonic. The exercises in this text are intended to develop technique, fluency and awareness of melodic possibility with minor pentatonics in all keys.  These books are available in print version on Amazon.com and Lulu.com. A PDF version is also available on Lulu.com. Click cover art for Lulu.com purchasing options. 

 

A 40 Minute Daily Dose of Maintenance and Development for Trumpet

A 40 Minute Daily Dose of Maintenance and Development for trumpet is designed as an advanced daily routine that focuses on preserving and refining abilities attained through study of standard developmental literature. The value of this text lies primarily in the organization and adaptation of well-understood developmental approaches into a manageable daily maintenance routine. As written, it requires a significant level of development to fully accomplish. The ability to play it through as written likely implies a player who has already spent significant time with one or more of great development methods such as: Claude Gordon, Stamp, Maggio, Caruso, Reinhardt, etc. That being said, by skipping portions that exceed a student’s ability, this book could be used as a developmental method and precursor to study using any one of the above-mentioned texts.  This book is available in print version on Amazon.com and Lulu.com. A PDF version is also available on Lulu.com. Click cover art for Lulu.com purchasing options. 

 

 

Free Stuff

 

Out Of The Blues Complete Trumpet Parts 

Click the link above for the complete trumpet parts from the CD “Out Of The Blues – The Jazz Trumpet Ensemble” Please see the Recordings page for more info on the CD. 

 

The 1995 “Scale Studies for Improvisation”

Treble Scales for Improvisation – 1995

Bass Clef Scale Studies  for Improvisation – 1995

 

II-V-I Long Tones

II-V-I long tones B flat 

II-V-I long tones Bass Clef 

 

More to come…