What happens if you mix a square-headed scandinavian, trombone, jazz, soul and New York?

Elektrojazz New York Tribute – a album as an app featuring NYC artists

The best answer to the question in the headline, is to watch this video about four Scandinavians quest to capture the sound and feel of NYC. One of them is a trombone guy (me).

And the four of us together make up Elektrojazz. If you are a long-time digitaltrombone reader, you might remember me bragging about our first album ‘Cars’ – an album dedicated to classic cars. But this time, it is all about New York. Continue reading

    Premiere: new series of books with solos over famous jazz standards – Jazzld.com

    Do you like to play jazz solos, but need new inspiration? Or are you not yet a skilled improviser, but want to get started with jazz soloing right away? Then I hope I have come up with the solution for you:

    After month of work, I can finally present my new venture, Jazzld.com where you will find jazz books with written solos based on famous jazz standards. There are currently three books available; Jazz’ld Vol. 1, Jazz’ld Vol. 2 and (surprise!) Jazz’ld Vol. 3. Each book is written to match a selected Aebersold play-along recording, so if you have access to one of those already, you will get even more out of the books.

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    Based on famous jazz standards

    The Jazz’ld Jazz Solos books will let you play great jazz solos over the chord progressions from famous jazz standards. You don’t need any improvising experience to get started.

    The books consist of jazz solos, written over the chord progressions from famous jazz standards. You will find solos based on the chord progressions from “Summertime,” “Watermelon Man,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Have You Met Miss Jones,” “My Favourite Things,” “Scrapple from the Apple” and many other well-known jazz standards. Each solo consists of several choruses, gradually getting more and more challenging. See the full list of featured jazz standards here.

    The books are made to be playable on virtually any instrument, but being a bone player myself, I can assure that they are an excellent match for trombone.

    Who are you?

    I had a number of different categories of musicians in mind when writing the books. Does any of these descriptions fit on you?

    • Trombone student entering the world of jazz
    • Advanced jazz trombone player
    • Amateur musician
    • Trombone educator
    • Professional jazz player
    • Classical trombone player

    Jazz’ld with Aebersold play-along albums

    Have you ever practiced using Jamey Aebersold play-along albums? Although they can’t give you the same experience as when you interact with musicians in person, the Aebersold tracks are still a great tool for learning and practicing jazz standards.

    The Jazz’ld books are written as a complement to carefully selected Aebersold albums. If you have one of them already, the Jazz’ld solos will let you rediscover it in a new and fun way. Each Jazz’ld solo will match the form, key and tempo of the equivalent Aebersold play-along track.

    The books

    Jazz’ld Solos Vol. 1 is perfect for aspiring jazz players with solos based on Canataloupe Island and other easy tunes. SUITABLE FOR JAMEY AEBERSOLD VOL. 54 – MAIDEN VOYAGE  (NOT INCLUDED)

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    Jazz’ld Solos Vol. 2 is based on a selection of timeless classics, including Have You Met Miss Jones and My Foolish HeartSUITABLE FOR JAMEY AEBERSOLD VOL. 25 – ALL TIME STANDARDS (NOT INCLUDED)

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    Jazz’ld Solos Vol. 3
    lets you play bebop solos over the chords from Charlie Parker tunes like Donna Lee and Yardbird Suite right away. SUITABLE FOR JAMEY AEBERSOLD VOL. 6 – CHARLIE PARKER (NOT INCLUDED)

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    Transcribed jazz solos

    One of the best ways to learn jazz is to play transcribed solos. Transcribing solos yourself is great ear training, but it is a time consuming task. If you want to get started right away, the Jazz’ld series will let you start playing high-quality jazz solos right away.

    Playing transcribed jazz solos as played by jazz masters are often technically challenging. Jazz’ll gives you get the same experience, but you are able to choose the level of difficulty since each jazz etude gets more challenging for each chorus.

    I use the solos for my students on many different levels, as well as play them myself as etudes. Great for sight reading and building up chops!

    I hope you like the concept and the books. There is a free sample from the books waiting for you at Jazzld.com

    Play on!

    Anders Larson
    founder of digitaltrombone.com and (finally) jazzld.com

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      I don´t agree with Christian Lindberg on this one

      A modest reply to Christian Lindberg´s statement about why not to buzz.

      I stumbled over this short video with Christian Lindberg talking about why you should not buzz. Christian, I truly respect you as one of the worlds very finest trombone players ever, but I have to disagree with you on this one.


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        Trombone Cowboy – practical use of a trombone

        I knew there was a practical use for trombones, but I am still amazed that it turned out to be so valuable in real life. Due to the size of these animals, the cowboy has wisely chosen a large bore trombone. Mouthpiece size and rim shape remains unknown.

        This is also proving that there is is a large audiense for improvised trombone music.

        Blow cowboy, blow!

         


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          Trombone lesson: Extend your range on mouthpiece

          trombone mouthpiece silverThis simple little mouthpiece exercise is actually quite effective. I recently had one of those days where both breathing and embouchure felt a bit locked in. I used these patterns to kickstart both, and was impressed with the result after just few minutes.

          Before you take the ride, please read the following instructions: Continue reading

            Questionnaire: The Sound of Airflow and its Use in Wind Instrument Playing

            This is the second guest article, written by PhD student Matthias Heyne from University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is working on a relevant and interesting project, so please take a minute and help him out by taking the questionnaire.

            Matthias Heyne tromboneFirst of all I would like to thank Anders Larson for sharing my link on his website!

            This questionnaire is an exploratory study for my PhD project at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and with it, I hope to find out how widespread the conscious use of the sound produced by airflow is among players of all kinds of wind instruments (audibly blowing out or inhaling while someone else is playing). Continue reading

              Trombone lesson: slow air

              This brass breathing tip is almost self explanatory. It is about the sensation of letting the air pass tour lips as slowly as possible while playing with a rich, full sound. I will not claim to be the first to use the expression slow air, since that would be clearly on the wrong side of the truth, but it is good, so I will give you my take on it.

              Focusing on slow air will help you relax while playing and make your throat wide open. Fighting your instrument will never end well. Ever wondered how top brass players can look so relaxed while playing technically challenging music? The truth is that they would not be top players in the first place if they did not have the ability to play with ease. Continue reading

                Brass breathing: simple air exercise

                Forget about embouchure, strength, flexibility and scales, if you don’t get the breathing in place, nothing else does´t matter. You probably know about a good-lip-day. I would say that 9,3 out of 10 times, it is actually a good-breathing-day. If you make sure airflow is relaxed and controlled, your lips will have perfect working conditions.

                Have you tried not playing for a while, maybe a week or so? And then picking up the horn and to your surprise it is actually responding quite well. This is because you have had some time to loose some bad breathing habits, and play more relaxed than you usually do. Hold on to that feeling! (Problem is you will only play well for 5 minutes, since you lost a lot of strength…)

                This simple, fast and fun (yeah, right) exercise will help you gain control over your breathing and improve free flow. Continue reading

                  The Influence of First Language on Playing Brass Instruments

                  This is a guest article, written by PhD student Matthias Heyne from University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. I find his thoughts very interesting, and would recommend that you answer his questionnaire and help him getting started with the project!
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                  The Influence of First Language on Playing Brass Instruments

                  by Matthias Heyne – University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

                  First of all I would like to thank Anders Larson for offering to let me write a short article to appear on this website!

                  I am currently getting started on my PhD project within the Linguistics Department at the University of Canterbury. With my research, I’ll try to find out whether the sounds of one’s native language influence the playing of brass instruments. Drawing upon personal experience as a trombone player (and as many fellow brass players have assured me), there seem to be notable differences observable in the style of playing which seem to correspond to the players’ language backgrounds. Potential differences in playing styles may be due to differences in the consonant systems of languages as well as vowel systems. Continue reading

                    Trombone Lesson: Focused Practicing – Part 2

                    The 30 minute session

                    I have written about getting the most out of your trombone practicing sessions in a previous post – FOCUSED PRACTICING IN 7 STEPS. This time, I will give you some advice on how to stay focused while practicing. Personally, I tend to be very unfocused in general, letting my mind wander and following too many impulses to do small things not related to the current task. All of a sudden, it seems to be very important to answer that three days old email, look up a tune on Spotify or make a move in Wordfeud…

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