“Jazz Trumpet Technique: Volume 1- Flexibility” is the first part of a series of books combining trumpet technique with jazz studies. This series emphasizes developing traditional trumpet techniques (i.e. flexibility) while increasing harmonic knowledge related to Jazz improvisation.
How many hours do you spend working on the same mindless flexibility exercises, tonguing exercises, and chromatics? By adding harmonic awareness to the exercises, you can exercise your ears, mind, and chops simultaneously. Imagine how productive you will become. Every trumpet player knows the importance of practicing flexibility exercises. The exercises in this book should supplement (not replace) the amount of material practiced. I suggest that you start by spending 25% of the time you would normally spend on traditional flexibility exercises on material in this book. Then increase the percentage (up to 75%) as your chops adjust to this new routine.
Volume 1 is an intervalic approach to developing greater flexibility on the trumpet – the intervals remain the same as you ascend or descend. Please refer to traditional flexibility books on how to “arch” the tongue if this is unfamiliar to you. I highly recommend” Advanced Lip Flexibilities Complete” by Dr. Charles Colin.
A discography is included on page 77 of this book. Due to space limitations, this one page discography does not contain every recording that I could suggest. I have focused on the best contemporary players. Unfortunately, by necessity, many great players, older style players, and their recordings have been omitted. Players like Miles, Freddie, Dizzy, and Clifford (among others) have many more recordings worthy of purchase. If you can only buy 1 or 2 CDs of any particular trumpet player, this discography represents some of their best playing. Throughout this book, I also suggest recordings related to specific exercises and could be helpful.