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Tune-In and Tone-Up
A Jazz Workout

Jazz Etudes and Duets by Steve Sonntag

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pdf Read the General Notes

Book (75 pg) with 34 track play-along CD


A Jazz Workout is now also available as
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All editions include 34 Mp3 audio files.

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Trumpet Fingers
Some Notes

  • Tempo markings are not used for the exercises. Start where you’re comfortable. When you get used to the pattern and your fingers know where they’re going, gradually increase the tempo. Keep pushing forward.
  • Use various articulations when playing these exercises. Tongue them. Slur them. Use a jazzy doodle tongue. Slur two/tongue two, tongue two/slur two, slur three/tongue one, tongue one/slur three, etc, etc… then turn them inside out. I’ve given a few examples throughout the book, but they’re only a place to start. Be creative… make your practicing an adventure.
  • Some exercises start in the lower register and go up and then back down. Some start in the middle and expand up and down as you go.
  • Extend the range of the exercises when applicable. If you can take them farther, take them. Again… make your practicing an adventure.
  • Move the scale studies to the minor and dominant/mixolydian forms. I’ve given some examples in the book to get you started. It’s good brain food.
  • Chord symbols are used in the scale and chord studies. This will help solidify the eye/brain/finger connection with chord/scale relationships.
  • The three etudes incorporate things that the exercises work on. Tempo markings are given, but only as a point of reference. Start where you’re comfortable.

pdf Sample 1pdf Sample 2


Trumpet Fingers
Jazzy Finger Studies for All Trumpeters

This book is all about developing your fingers. So much practice time is used developing the embouchure and working on repertoire that sometimes the fingers get left behind. Good fingers are crucial to a jazz trumpeter. They help bring your musical ideas to life. The importance of finger strength, dexterity and eye/brain/finger coordination cannot be overstated.

The patterns used in these exercises are for the most part common jazz language, and are used ‘in some form’ by many of jazz history’s greatest improvisers. They contain many melodic building blocks and a wealth of thematic material. Just remember… you don’t want your improvised solos to sound like an exercise book!

These exercises are trumpet calisthenics that will hopefully strengthen your fingers and increase your jazz vocabulary at the same time. Use proper technique at all times. Play on the tips of your fingers, not flat-fingered… you lose speed and clarity. Press the valves down firmly and decisively, regardless of the tempo, to help eliminate the ‘mud’ between notes. As an extra challenge, try doing the exercises without anchoring your right hand with the thumb and pinky finger. The only part of your right hand in contact with the horn is your finger tips touching the valves. It will definitely make you focus on your fingers.

You get out of practicing what you put into it… kind of like every other aspect of life. Be creative. Make it an adventure. Use your practice time well.

Part 1 – Chromatic Studies
Part 2 – Whole Step/Half Step Studies
Part 3 – Scale Studies
            w/minor and mixolydian examples
            major and minor
      Whole Tone
      Diminished Whole Tone (altered)
Part 4 – Chord /Arpeggio Study
Part 5 – Alternate Fingering Studies