I don´t really like to practise. It´s lonely and can be quite boring. That is why I wrote this book – to make trombone practising fun!
The concept of the book is simple: Every etude is composed as an improvised jazz solo, written over the chords from a famous jazz standard. And every etude consists of two sections; easy/medium and advanced, each divided into numbered choruses. Two of the etudes are written as a duet for two trombones.
You can play the etudes alone, with a piano player, a full rhythm section or find the relevant songs as play-along (not included). The idea is to let you expand your jazz vocabulary, and play music that really fits the instrument.
I have tried to make sure that every little melodic phrase makes sense. If you break it down, there is (almost) always a good explanation to the notes in the melody in relation to the harmony.
Many of the licks and phrases in my improvised solos has its origin in other great jazz players. After playing and adapting these stolen phrases over time, they have transformed and become a part of my musical language. I love musical cliches and encourage to use cliches as well! Just make sure that you understand them, feel them and hear what you play before you play it – then it will become a part of your musical vocabulary.
I have done my best top make sure that this is effective etudes for jazz trombone, and I truly believe that you will enjoy the book, and get many hours of fun and rewarding playing out of it!