Free excerpt of Alto Trombone Savvy

Alto Trombone Savvy is my book dedicated to the alto trombone. It was published in January of 2017. After writing it for a while, I started to run out of strictly alto trombone content, so I started adding some good music and exercises that would be fun and helpful to tenor or bass trombone players…

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The magic of minor thirds in jazz improvisation

I just wrote a simple one-page insert for my upcoming book, Trombone Improvisation Savvy on what I call the “magic” of the minor third interval. Here’s the excerpt along with the audio tracks created for the examples: The magic of the minor third The minor third is an important interval in jazz improvisation. Hearing how…

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How to improvise over Dolphin Dance

One of the important decisions I am making as I write Trombone Improvisation Savvy is: which tunes to include in the second half of the book where I analyze the form and changes, record the melody, transcribe my improvised solo, record exercises for the challenging parts of the song, and transcribe a well known solo…

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Improving your ear for trombone improvisation

My upcoming book, Trombone Improvisation Savvy, departs from the traditional approach to improvisation. Rather than focus on harmonic theory and chord-scale relationships, the book will focus on developing one’s ear. Listening. Of the two main parts of the book, part one focuses on ear training. I’ve created several diverse exercises within the first part of…

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The most desired trombone improvisation skill

I recently sent a survey to my trombone playing subscribers in which one question asked, What aspect of your improvisation do you most wish to improve? I’m writing a book called Trombone Improvisation Savvy. The answer to that question is pretty important for a book on improvisation. It turns out that the answers to that…

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Trombone improvisation survey results

  In preparation for my book Trombone Improvisation Savvy, I sent a survey to my subscriber list asking for opinions and experiences on improvisation. I received more responses than I anticipated and will be posting the results over the next several weeks. Starting out, I asked how important it was for you to improve your…

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Survey on trombone improvisation

I would love to get your input for my upcoming book on trombone improvisation, Trombone Improvisation Savvy. Knowing your opinion about your improvisation skills and what you think you need in order to improvise better will help the book be more relevant to you and to the jazz trombone world. The survey has already given…

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Suggestions on how and what to practice on trombone

An Electrik Project subscriber recently mentioned Harrison Reed’s excellent alto trombone method book published in 2010 called “Complete Method for Alto Trombone”. In it, Harrison suggests a practice routine that consists of six “segments”. Warm up Scale studies / studies without sheet music Arban’s method or other technical method Etudes Additional studies / Alto trombone…

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Carsten Svanberg and The Alto Clef

One of the final steps was to solicit a few testimonials from well-known players. All who have submitted one have offered some terrific advice and support along the way, and for that I am grateful. The great Carsten Svanberg, retired Professor of Trombone at the University of Music and Arts Graz, and very active international…

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The magic within a motivated student

I ran across a spectacular TED talk yesterday by author, speaker and business coach Seth Goden. Seth is the originator of the permission-based marketing concept and for decades has been a leading marketing and personal excellence evangelist. I promise that whatever you do for a living, you will benefit from reading his blog and wide variety…

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