Tune-In and Tone-Up
A Jazz Workout
Jazz Etudes and Duets by Steve Sonntag
Book (75 pg) with 34 track play-along CD
A Jazz Workout is now also available as
digital downloads (132MB .zip). This is a fairly large file and can take 12 to 15 minutes to download. Don’t turn off your computer before download is complete.
All editions include 34 Mp3 audio files.
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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.