As Professor of Trumpet Technique at the Amsterdam University of the Arts and member of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Erik Veldkamp has learned first hand what works for players at levels to establish a strong daily routine that covers all areas of playing. This new series of “Your Daily” studies take you on a tour of all aspects of trumpet technique with an innovative and interesting approach.
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Your Daily Pentatonics is a 171-page book (complete with Play-Along MP3s) of creative Pentatonic Scale Studies that helps you increase your fluency in these commonly used shapes and patterns. A pentatonic scale is a musical scale with five notes per octave, in contrast to the heptatonic scale, which has seven notes per octave (such as the major scale and minor scale). Pentatonic scales were developed independently by many ancient civilizations and are still used in nearly all musical styles to this day. There are two types of pentatonic scales: those with semitones (hemitonic) and those without (anhemitonic).
What is unique about this Pentatonic book is not only how comprehensive this HUGE volume is, but also the complete set of play-along MP3s with extremely creative, stylistic backing tracks for use after you have gained proficiency with these scales under your fingers. Erik starts you with 30 basic pentatonic studies, then moves to Minor 6 pentatonic range and flow studies, before moving on to 14 pentatonic “Groove” patterns complete with backing tracks. These studies really are unlike anything else out there, so I have included two full play-alongs below with sample pages to the left for you to try out. I promise you this: you have never heard a scale book like this!
To the left you can check out the samples, and below you can start the backing track audio. When you are ready, grab an immediate PDF download above.
Pentatonic Groove #1 (See samples)
Pentatonic Groove #8