Hands-on jazz exercise: Basic patterns with free sheet music and audio

This is a free trombone lesson about improvising over basic tonic chords in all keys. It features downloadable sheet music and audio files.

I am in the making of a new trombone book with patterns for jazz improvising. Since I insist of doing it thoroughly, it is taking me forever, so I decided that it is about time to share some of the content. And the best way to not get paid, is giving it away for free, so that is what I do.

Playing simple “inside” phrases

I have heard too many jazz students (and pros) play advanced upper structure phrases, turning complicated scales inside out and moving complex patterns around. Being able to do so is great, but there is one big BUT involved.

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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 lesson: GROOVE MERCHANT SAX CHORUS

      How come the saxes always get to play all the fun parts in big bands? Cool, beautiful and hip melody lines, accompanied by an occasional “bap” or “do-bauw” from the brass section. Ok, it is not the whole truth, but there are some fun sax parts that are (reasonably) playable on trombone as well. Do I need to say how good it will sound when played on trombone?

      Thad Jones is known for his brilliant music for big band, and Groove Merchant is one of my favorites. Especially the sax chorus is amazing. Full-fat super-hip lines with intense voicings, this is Thad at his best! And even better, it is actually quite suited for trombone. Admitted, it is a bit technically challenging, but the range is spot on – when playing it an octave below the lead soprano. I wrote out the harmony as well, it´s a fun piece to solo on. Continue reading

        trombone lesson: Improvisation as a daily routine

        It does´t matter if you are a jazz or classical player, you still want to make music. And you should still make music in your practice room. A really good way to get some music into your daily routine at an early stage, is to play some free improvisation. Again, it does not matter what genre you play, as a matter of fact, if you are a non-improviser I would say that this tip is even more important!

        Here is what I want you to do:
        Find a simple warm up exercise and play it for a few minutes, just to get some air through the horn. Then you play a totally free improvisation for five minutes. Just play, and see where it takes you! Don´t worry about stiff lips, bad sound ore any other detail that probably would distract you if you where playing your standard 4 pages of flexibility exercises.

        “But I have never learned how to improvise!” No problem. Here is the key: Continue reading