Trombone Improvisation

Eyes or ears for jazz improvisation?

A trombone player recently wrote me describing his struggle with improvisation. He’s recently acquired my books and is working on the ear strengthening exercises. After watching one of my videos on playing melodies by ear, he wrote, “I’ve been playing Happy Birthday in all 12 keys and trying to speed up a bit so I…

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Slowing the difficulty curve of Trombone Improvisation Savvy

I received an email the other day from a very earnest guy working his way through Trombone Improvisation Savvy. His main question was, “The book quickly becomes advanced—that is, the book progresses faster than my ear! I probably could use more steps. It makes me think that I probably should go back and take some…

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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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