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Arbans Jazz Scale Connection (Treble Clef)

Here is a brilliant idea borne from Jean-Baptiste Arban’s world renowned method for the cornet or trumpet. Rich has used one of Arban’s routines to create a way to practice “classical technique” and “jazz theory” simultaneously without compromising the integrity of either discipline.

How many times have you heard symphonically-oriented players ask how they can learn jazz without dragging down their legit chops? Or how many times have you heard jazz players ask how they can maintain proficiency in jazz playing and orchestral playing at the same time?

Here you have a tool that can definitely propel you forward in both areas without losing ground in either.

This resource works you out through major chords, dominant chords, altered dominant chords, minor chords, diminished scales, half-diminished chords, Charlie Parker blues changes and John Coltrane Giant Steps changes in a graduated series of studies that are designed to improve chordal comprehension while sustaining and maintaining precision and accuracy. The focus is on familiarization with jazz harmony while keeping your feet firmly planted in technical proficiency with orchestral precision on your instrument.

There are thirty-three pages chock full of material to keep you learning for years as well as many tips in the text of the book to assist in your understanding of the chords printed above each measure.

Click to the left to see some samples, then click above for an immediate PDF download.

Improv Speed Builders Vol.1

At last, a logical and methodical approach for developing high-tempo improv chops! Introducing Improv Speed Builders by Rich Willey, guaranteed to take you to the next level and beyond without all the frustration and guesswork you’ve probably already experienced.

Improv Speed Builders comes in five volumes, each includes written melodies with chord symbols transposed for C treble clef, C bass clef, B♭ instruments and E♭ instruments with over 17 hours of play-along tracks per volume designed to take you from a snail’s pace all the way up to burning! Play-along tracks contain no melody instruments, only piano, bass and drums.

Click below to check out each volume and complete your collection:

Volume 1: Twelve original “standard” blues (one per key) with over 17 hours of play-along tracks.
Volume 2: Twelve original “Bird” blues (one per key) with over 17 hours of play-along tracks.
Volume 3: Twelve original minor blues (one per key) with over 17 hours of play-along tracks.
Volume 4: Twelve original “Giant Steps” melodies (one per key) with over 17 hours of play-along tracks.
Volume 5: Twelve “Nuts & Bolts” cycles and turnarounds (that each take you through all 12 keys) with over 17 hours of play-along tracks.

Each key has five accompaniment tracks sixty choruses long.* The first starts at ♩=80 and creeps up one beat-per-minute (bpm) per chorus for sixty choruses (ending up at 140 bpm). The second track starts at ♩=120, the third track at ♩=160, the fourth track at ♩=200, and the fifth track at ♩=240. The tempo overlap between the tracks helps you ease into the higher velocities more gracefully.

The suggested strategy for getting through sixty choruses* is this: by playing a chorus and resting a chorus (or trading with a practice partner or scatting every other chorus) your chops will be able to rest as much as you play so you can go on much longer than you might think you can. Also, it’s the perfect vehicle for spending equal time on all your instruments, i.e. a chorus on trumpet, rest a chorus while picking up your flugelhorn and then play a chorus, rest a chorus while grabbing your cornet for the following chorus, etc. Or it can be a great way to spend equal amounts of time rotating through your various mutes that you might not remember to practice between gigs.

The possibilities are endless with this series!

The tempo increase is not an accelerando; each imperceptible tempo change happens precisely at the beginning of the next chorus so you are always holding a steady tempo. The tempo increases incrementally chorus by chorus so you really don’t even notice, but the next thing you know you’re negotiating changes at a much faster tempo than you ever thought you could!

Made using ProTools with real instrument sounds for your play-along tracks, this volume also includes a full set of MIDI files in case you want to practice for a long stretch at one tempo using your preferred sequencing program or Band-In-A-Box to set the tempo where you want it.

Click to the left to grab some samples, then grab an immediate PDF & MP3 download above.

Blues in C Sample Play-Along

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Unusual Studies for Trumpet

As part of Gornston’s “Technique Series,” Unusual Studies for Trumpet fulfills a very important duty in the progression of the modern trumpeter. Harry Huffnagle enjoys a international reputation as a teacher, composer, and arranger. His activities cover the entire field of theatre, dance and radio writing. He is a theorist par excellence, and instrumental teachers everywhere attest to the value of his studies in the preparation of students for modern playing.

“Unusual Studies” is meant to follow the books 16 Smart Studies and “Beethoven Sonatas” in their difficulty, and are the culmination of all of Harry’s etude writing for the trumpet, and it shows in their breadth and their difficulty.

These studies are “Unusual” because they each embody one rarely seen element. It may be a 9/4 time signature, an odd-metre rhythm, a long denominator metre like 5/2, 3-5-6-7 ‘tuplet rhythms, and much more. There is something in each study that will throw you for a loop, and they make for great study as well as sight reading practice for professionals.

To the left you will find some samples, then above you can grab an immediate digital download.

Tip: Grab this book for half price in the Huffnagle Complete Collection

Trumpet Warm-Up Series (4 Books)

This four-book set of warm-ups by Harold Branch is the most no-nonsense, fundamentals-based approach to a daily warm-ups for the trumpet that I have ever seen.

What I love about this set of books is that it is not just a warm-up for you chops (which it is), and not just a warm-up for your fingers (which it is, too), but it is also a warm up for your mind as it takes you though all tonalities in the Major and Minor keys, followed by Diatonic Chords & Inversions, followed by Chromatic Chords & Inversions. After all, what is the point of warming up your lips if you haven’t also warmed up your mind?

To the left I have dropped the first few pages of each 4 books so you can see what they look like. Give them a try, then grab the full 4 book set at a 45% discount over the individual volumes at the link above. Enjoy!

Complete Reinhardt Collection for Trombone

Many of Donald “Doc” Reinhardt’s pedagogical output for trombone has been missing from shelves for the better part of 50 years. With the help of his daughter, Gloria, Boptism has been able to re-release Reinhardt’s methods and studies to the low brass population. This collection of instructional books, written by Reinhardt and pupil Rich Willey, is aimed at taking the developing player through the entire process of learning, from absolute beginner to confident player.

It’s rare that a successful musician would attribute 100% of their learning to a single source; most professionals take a little bit from each method, study, technique, and style that they encounter. This collection deserves a spot on the shelves of all our libraries alongside the works of Arban, Rochut, and others.

For a short period of time only, this complete collection will be offered for half price. After taking a look through the samples to the left and the write-ups below, click above to get an immediate PDF download of the entire collection.

Included Books:

  1. Reinhardt, Reinhardt for Beginners
  2. Reinhardt, Warm-Up #57
  3. Reinhardt, The Reinhardt Routines for Trombone
  4. Reinhardt, Trombone Mechanisms & More
  5. Reinhardt, 10 Test Drills for Trombone
  6. Reinhardt, Encyclopedia of the Pivot System
  7. Willey, Focal Point for Trombone
  8. Willey, Warm Up Magic for Trombone

Complete Improv Speed Builders

Improvising is a skill that is never mastered; it is something that musicians cultivate throughout a lifetime of listening and playing, practice and performance, and exercises and experimentation. These books are designed to give you a systematic approach to developing improv chops when the tempo increases. You will notice your skills improving not only for the specific forms and tunes used by these methods, but also across the broad spectrum of your musical activity.

It’s no secret that the skill most required to be a successful jazz player in the modern era is versatility. The ability to improvise, and improvise well, will not only serve jazz and freelance musicians who want to be known for their chops, but adds a sense of stylistic freedom to everyone’s playing.

Here, Willey’s 5-volume collection of “Improv Speed Builders” is being offered for half price, to help jump-start your skills for the holidays and new year. To the left you will find samples and below you will find write-ups, so you can become familiar with what to expect from the books. You can click above for an immediate PDF download of the entire set – but don’t wait, this deal won’t be around for long.

Books Included:

  1. Willey, Improv Speed Builders Vol.1 “Standard Blues”
  2. Willey, Improv Speed Builders Vol.2 “Bird Blues”
  3. Willey, Improv Speed Builders Vol.3 “Minor Blues”
  4. Willey, Improv Speed Builders Vol.4 “Giant Steps”
  5. *Willey, Improv Speed Builders Vol.5 “Nuts and Bolts”

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* Volume 5 is Treble Clef only, but playable for all brass.

Ultimate Scale-Book Collection Vol.1

Sometimes it seems like scales are getting left behind… Scales and chords are still the best way for students to learn the building blocks of music, and for experienced musicians to hone and maintain facility on their instruments. In this bundle we have compiled 7 of the most popular books for scale study, covering a range from standard understandings of tonal scales to jazz interpretations to more abstract ideas like Deutsch’s Lexicon of Symmetric Scales and Tonal Patterns.

This is a great opportunity for teachers and students alike to expand their libraries to include the best offerings in scale studies for 50% off the standard price. Samples are provided to the left, write-ups are below, but this deal won’t last long. Click the button above for an immediate download of the entire collection.

Books Included

  1. Colin, Encyclopedia of Scales
  2. Willey, The Arban Jazz Scale Connection
  3. Williams, Method of Scales
  4. Ponzo, Scale Pattern Dexteriry Exercises
  5. Stuart, Jazz Scales
  6. Deutsch, Lexicon of Symmetric Scales and Tonal Patterns
  7. Pares, Daily Exercises and Scales

The Melody Lingers On

“Learn by doing” with this melodic approach to jazz improvisation. Introducing The Melody Lingers On, a collection of 24 melodic jazz etudes by Rich Willey, written over 24 jazz standards. Each solo is two written choruses in a comfortable playing range. This book includes 48 accompaniment tracks (two tempos for each study: a medium tempo and a brighter tempo). Play-along tracks contain no melody instruments, only piano, bass and drums.

Listen to Rich play “Speedboat To Singapore” over the changes to On A Slow Boat To China (with accompaniment track)

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Solos are two choruses long, each written on the chord changes from the following standards:

  1. On A Slow Boat to China
  2. Joy Spring
  3. There Will Never Be Another You
  4. Yardbird Suite
  5. In a Mellow Tone
  6. Here’s That Rainy Day
  7. Body & Soul
  8. I’ve Got Rhythm
  9. Have You Met Miss Jones?
  10. Tiny Capers
  11. Like Someone In Love
  12. Indiana
  13. Just Friends
  14. Stompin’ at the Savoy
  15. Stella By Starlight
  16. Old Folks
  17. Green Dolphin Street
  18. I Should Care
  19. All the Things You Are
  20. How High the Moon
  21. Stardust
  22. Gone With the Wind
  23. Pennies From Heaven
  24. Autumn Leaves

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Limited print editions may be available here.

12 Studies for Trombone

Gennaro Manna’s 12 Studies for Trombone in Bass Clef is a fantastic addition to the library of any modern trombonist. The difficulty is suited to intermediate trombonists, and functions perfectly in a pedagogical setting.

Click through the samples to the left, and then above to get an immediate PDF download of all 12 studies.

Improv Speed Builders Vol.5

At last, a logical and methodical approach for developing high-tempo improv chops! Introducing Improv Speed Builders by Rich Willey, guaranteed to take you to the next level and beyond without all the frustration and guesswork you’ve probably already experienced.

*This book is treble clef only.

Improv Speed Builders comes in five volumes, each includes written melodies with chord symbols transposed for C treble clef,  B♭ instruments, E♭ instruments, and F instruments with over 17 hours of play-along tracks per volume designed to take you from a snail’s pace all the way up to burning! Play-along tracks contain no melody instruments, only piano, bass and drums.

Click below to check out each volume and complete your collection:

Volume 1: Twelve original “standard” blues (one per key) with over 17 hours of play-along tracks.
Volume 2: Twelve original “Bird” blues (one per key) with over 17 hours of play-along tracks.
Volume 3: Twelve original minor blues (one per key) with over 17 hours of play-along tracks.
Volume 4: Twelve original “Giant Steps” melodies (one per key) with over 17 hours of play-along tracks.
Volume 5: Twelve “Nuts & Bolts” cycles and turnarounds (that each take you through all 12 keys) with over 17 hours of play-along tracks.

Each key has five accompaniment tracks sixty choruses long.* The first starts at ♩=80 and creeps up one beat-per-minute (bpm) per chorus for sixty choruses (ending up at 140 bpm). The second track starts at ♩=120, the third track at ♩=160, the fourth track at ♩=200, and the fifth track at ♩=240. The tempo overlap between the tracks helps you ease into the higher velocities more gracefully.

The suggested strategy for getting through sixty choruses* is this: by playing a chorus and resting a chorus (or trading with a practice partner or scatting every other chorus) your chops will be able to rest as much as you play so you can go on much longer than you might think you can. Also, it’s the perfect vehicle for spending equal time on all your instruments, i.e. a chorus on trumpet, rest a chorus while picking up your flugelhorn and then play a chorus, rest a chorus while grabbing your cornet for the following chorus, etc. Or it can be a great way to spend equal amounts of time rotating through your various mutes that you might not remember to practice between gigs.

The possibilities are endless with this series!

The tempo increase is not an accelerando; each imperceptible tempo change happens precisely at the beginning of the next chorus so you are always holding a steady tempo. The tempo increases incrementally chorus by chorus so you really don’t even notice, but the next thing you know you’re negotiating changes at a much faster tempo than you ever thought you could!

Made using ProTools with real instrument sounds for your play-along tracks, this volume also includes a full set of MIDI files in case you want to practice for a long stretch at one tempo using your preferred sequencing program or Band-In-A-Box to set the tempo where you want it.

Click to the left to grab some samples, then grab an immediate PDF & MP3 download above.

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