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We’re Talkin’ Bebop

To be able to play meaningful jazz improvisations, you need to have tons of ideas in your head as well as under your fingers. So to get ideas to pour out of your horn, you have to somehow “upload” lots of ideas into your head.

That’s what We’re Talkin’ Bebop  is all about. Following some text about the process of developing a jazz vocabulary in your playing, this book contains 150 bite-sized melodic chunks in all twelve keys designed to jump start the creative process in your more-fertile-than-you-ever-thought imagination.

Starting with major chords in Part 1, you’ll play several one-bar bebop-style phrases in all twelve keys (moving up a fourth by adding one flat or subtracting one sharp). Then you play two-bar phrases over major chords in all twelve keys, fifty major passages in all.

Then you move to minor chords in Part 2, again playing short, one-bar bebop-style phrases presented in all twelve keys before moving on to two-bar phrases, fifty minor passages in all.

In Part 3, you’re playing another fifty mostly two-bar phrases over dominant chords in all twelve keys. The varying harmonic complexity of dominant phrases is explained in the text of the book to help you “discover” and create some of those “nutty” sounds you’ve heard from the greats.

You’ll be reminded of the bebop greats while you’re playing these melodies. Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Clifford Brown, Hank Mobley and Kenny Dorham have their musical fingerprints all over the music in this volume. And you’ll be learning to come up with your own sounds the way they did, starting with many of the same melodic fragments that became the very fabric of the bebop genre.

If you’re looking to improve your improvising, this book is sure to assist you in attaining fluency when improvising in the bebop jazz idiom. And, since every passage is presented in every key, alto sax players, flutists, guitarists and even French horn players can all play together out of this book.

Your book comes with play-along files for We’re Talkin’ Bebop, both MIDI and mp3. It’s about 30 minutes of gradually faster tracks, six tracks per part of the book, or 18 tracks (92 minutes) in all. You’ll also find suggestions for maximizing your play-along tools. Since you can benefit from the book with or without the play-along tracks, you are free to decide whether you want to download them and either put mp3s in your mp3 player or burn individual audio play-along CDs to use with your CD player. The MIDI files are for those who wish to modify the tracks using their favorite MIDI sequencing program or Band-In-A-Box to find more ways to benefit from the play-along aspect of this new release. Play-along tracks contain no melody instruments, only piano, bass and drums.

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Limited print editions may be available here.

Complete Veldkamp Collection for Trombone

This 11 book collection from Erik Veldkamp is the first of its kind for Low Brass. When you look at the areas covered in the books below you will realize that someone could buy this collection, open a trombone studio, and be set for life! There are duet and chamber books for players from beginner through advanced. There are studies on all areas of playing, from articulation, to endurance, to flexibility and much more. There are advanced duets from all over the musical spectrum from jazz to legit and everywhere in between. Literally, if there is something your collection is lacking, you will find it here.

This 50% off deal is only here for for a limited time, so act fast before the price goes back to normal. You will kick yourself if you miss it! Click to the left for cover pages, and above to get an immediate digital download.

Click below to see write-ups and samples, as needed. It has been updated with all of the latest releases, too.

  1. Veldkamp, 15 Duets in Pop, Swing, & Latin (Trombone)
  2. Veldkamp, 6 Waltzing Duets for Trombone
  3. Veldkamp, 16 Melodic Studies for the Advanced Trombone Player
  4. Veldkamp-Bach, JS Bach Collection for Trombone
  5. Veldkamp, 20 Mixed Duets Vol.1 (Bass Clef)
  6. Veldkamp, 22 Mixed Duets Vol.2 (Bass Clef)
  7. Veldkamp, 18 Mixed Duets Vol.3 (Bass Clef)
  8. Mozart-Veldkamp, 17 Duets The Magic Flute Bass Clef
  9. Veldkamp, 15 Advanced Staccato Studies for Trombone
  10. Veldkamp-Bach, 20 Duets from Bach’s Notebook for Anna Magdalena
  11. Veldkamp-Sitt, 80 Etudes
  12. Veldkamp, 8 Tone Studies in Bass Clef
  13. Veldkamp, 20 Short Staccato Studies in Bass Clef
  14. Veldkamp, 15 Advanced Staccato Studies in Bass Clef
  15. Veldkamp, 10 Short Staccato Studies in Bass Clef

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.

18 Mixed Duets Vol.3 for Trombone

For students who have worked their way through books 1 & 2 of Erik’s duet collection, or are ready for a bigger challenge, this is the book for them.

Book three of his mixed duet series is made of duets with what I am calling Intermediate + level difficulty. This still includes a range that reaches up to G above the staff, but now it includes more chromatics and accidentals as well as more complicated rhythms overall. These duets are in a variety of styles, including jazz, making the stylistic element a new challenge as well.

What I love more than anything is a book that knows its place. These duets are for people who need to challenge their reading skills, work on blending and tuning, and practice ensemble playing. It is so easy to take a book like this and make it TOO HARD. It happens all the time. To make wonderfully creative duets that sound great and are fun to play while staying within a reasonable difficulty, now that is a challenge. And Erik has succeeded here like no other.

Samples are to the left and show the first and last duet so you get an idea of the difficulty progression. Have a listen to No.6 and No.14 below, they are such nice duets!

Duet No.6 (Played by Erik on Trumpet)

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Duet No.14 (Played by Erik on Trumpet)

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20 Short Staccato Studies for Tuba

To be in shape for the challenges of professional playing, you need to be working on material that challenges your range, endurance, and your core skills; This includes your articulation. Erik Veldkamp’s series on articulation for low brass is a great place to find material to keep you active and agile in all registers. The author writes:

“My practice routine contains a lot of staccato exercises because you’re doing a lot of things at the same time, like endurance, flexibilities, sight reading & single tonguing. My belief is that with these exercises you can progress to a high level quicker, and be in good condition for everything you have to play in the music scene. That’s why I also wrote for a larger range than you would normally find in other low brass books. My advice is to play them at a mezzo forte (or softer). When you play softly, you get more control in the embouchure.”

This book is also available in Treble Clef right here, and for Trombone right here.

Please try out some free samples to the left then grab an immediate PDF download above.

15 Advanced Staccato Studies for Tuba

These 15 Advanced Staccato Studies are part of the Veldkamp Articulation Series for low brass instruments. These are longer, more involved, and encompass a greater range and technical challenges than the “Short Staccato Studies” and you will love the satisfaction from getting these right.

To be in shape for the challenges of professional playing, you need to be working on material that challenges your range, endurance, and your core skills; This includes your articulation. Erik Veldkamp’s series on staccato playing is a great place to find material to keep you active and agile in all registers of the tuba. The author writes:

“My practice routine as a brass player contains a lot of staccato exercises because you’re doing a lot of things at the same time, like endurance, flexibilities, sight reading, fingering & single tonguing. My belief is that with these exercises you can progress to a high level quicker, and be in good condition for everything you have to play in the music scene. That’s why I also wrote for a larger range than you would normally find in other books. My advice is to play them at a mezzo forte (or softer). When you play softly, you get more control in the embouchure.”

Also available in treble clef right right here, and for Trombone right here.

Please try out some free samples to the left then grab an immediate PDF download above.

10 Short Staccato Studies for Tuba

Ten Short Staccato Studies is part of Erik Veldkamp’s Articulation Series for low brass instruments. Don’t let the title fool you; just because they are short does not mean that they are easy!

These studies are a great test of your articulation, your dexterity, range, and endurance, all at the same time. These etudes take you through all parts of the range with a variety of scale wise studies, arpeggiated studies, interval based melodies, and chordal patterns. Ideal for Tuba players.

This book is available in treble clef as well, right here, and for Trombone, right here.

You can try the first bit of the book for free in the samples, then grab an immediate PDF download above.

22 Mixed Duets Vol.2 for Trombone

Erik Veldkamp has always found it very helpful to practice duets, because you have to play in time (and in tune) and listen to each other. For students this is vital to their progress.

Book two of his mixed duet series in bass clef is made of duets with a more intermediate level of difficulty and a range that reaches up to an optional G above the staff. By gradually expanding the range in both directions (assuming you began with book 1) learners build confidence and increase their accuracy over time. These studies are beautiful, inventive, and idiomatically written. If you are in need of music in your studio that young players can learn and ENJOY, while being of high enough quality for public/recital performance at the same time, this is the book for you.

Samples are to the left and show the first and last duet so you get an idea of the difficulty progression. Have a listen to No.4 below, they are such nice duets!

Duet No.4 (Played by Erik on Trumpet)

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30 Song & Wind Studies (Tuba)

This wonderfully innovative book of flow studies by Erik Veldkamp makes such perfect sense you will wonder why no one has written a book like this before. We all know that playing long tones and flow studies are vital to our overall brass playing health, but we also know it can get tedious and boring.

In this collection of Studies, Erik takes you through 30 famous jazz tunes where he has used the original melodic shape and chord changes, but reduced them down to flow study, long tone style exercises.

In his foreword he writes: “I chose these well known songs because they will help you to be “a storyteller of sound.” That’s the advice Arnold Jacobs always gave to his students. He would say “don’t analyze when you have to make music,” or “don’t ask questions when you have to make statements.” So I encourage you to not analyse when you play these songs, but listen twice: listen to the song in your head and the one coming out of the bell. When they both sound beautiful, the mechanics are working fine.”

To the left you can find some samples, then when you are ready click above for an immediate digital download.

This book is available for Tuba above, or Treble Clef right here, or in Bass Clef for trombone here.

16 Melodic Studies for the Advanced Trombone Player

Erik Veldkamp told me that he had always wanted to write concert etudes (for the advanced player). That means, of course, classical solo pieces that you can play at a recital or in a concert setting. This book is the result of that desire, and I must say that this book fits the bill admirably.

These Concert Studies are a great mix of lengths and difficulties, each of which will challenge your endurance, your range, flexibility, and expression. To the left you will find the first two complete studies so you can give them a try and see what I am on about. I am certain you will love them. When you are ready, click above to grab an immediate PDF download of the entire collection.

Listen to Study No.3 on Trumpet

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