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When it comes to jazz articulation, improvisation, and now, FLEXIBILITY, there has never been a better series of books written for the trumpet than Erik Veldkamp’s Big Book Series. They solve an extremely important problem that, for some reason, has never been tackled before: how do you inspire people to practice the core foundational areas of trumpet playing while stimulating their musicality and developing their ears at the same time?
This book begins with 12 flexibility warm-ups to get you started, leading to 20 exercises that start to stretch your legs into all registers and keys. Once you are ready to dig in, the book moves to 60 full-length flexibility studies, many based on jazz standards and classic chord changes, using a level of creativity you only find in Erik’s signature style.
You will find flexibility studies that are based on jazz tunes like “The Windmills of your mind”, “Libertango”, “Autumn Leaves”, “All the Things You Are”, and more. Verdi, Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin get a nod, too, and the familiarity of the underlying harmony will subconsciously facilitate proper phrasing and airflow. it is truly brilliant.
Below you can listen to Erik perform the sample pages that you can find to the left. Give them a listen, then grab an immediate PDF download above. You can find all the books in this series below the audio at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
Listen to Erik Perform Study 14 “Libertango”
Listen to Erik Perform Study 44
Erik Veldkamp’s Big Book Series
The Flexibility Big Books
The Improvisation Big Books
The Jazz Articulation Big Books