10 Jazz Etudes for Trombone

10 Jazz Etudes for Trombone


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Do you want to play great jazz solos, written for trombone? Now you can, without having to learn how to improvise!

Bass clef, 58 pages in pdf format.

The jazz etudes are written especially for the trombone and take advantage of the instrument’s range and technical possibilities. Every etude consists of two parts; easy/medium and advanced, and are based on the harmonies from famous jazz standards. Written in the style of bebop and modern jazz. Play them on your own or with a rhythm section/piano player.

Based on the following jazz standards:

  • Doxy
  • Summertime
  • All The Things You Are
  • Stella By Starlight
  • Blues in Bb
  • Body And Soul
  • Rhythm Changes in Bb
  • Take The A Train
  • Third Dilemma (Anders Larson original)
  • Cherokee

I don´t really like to practice. It’s lonely and can be quite boring. That is why I wrote this book – to make trombone practicing 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 for the notes in the melody in relation to the harmony.

Many of the licks and phrases in my improvised solos have their 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 you 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 to 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!

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