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Ron Tenore’s tips on jazz review/”You never stop learning at any level”
Welcome Back Jazz enthusiasts . Last lesson I mentioned that I had a glitch in my computer that had erased what I originally wrote for the weekly lesson here on trumpet resourses. So I would like to start with this little review this week which I feel may be important. It is always great to brush up or go over things regularly . Yes studying with my Jazz teacher Bob Arthurs at the White Plains Conservatory of music many years ago was a great experience as well as a fantastic education. Remebering all this stuff to play and now be able to teach is such a blessing. I remember that one phrase that Bob said to me that one day in 1978 when i finished all my triads and scales and learned a new tune that we put chords to. He said, “now is the time where we have to learn What to Play” that stayed with me till this day.
The only answer to that is to chose your very first jazz tune or solo to listen to and then try to emulate it. I spoke about this in one of my earlier Ron’s tips here on this site, So I do reccomend to always go back to review. So now I will once again briefly elaborate on this by saying “pick your tune that is a slower or basic trumpet solo that you may have heard of”.
To find this Let’s say “I Ron Tenore, I am your teacher “. I would be suggesting some solos that would probably work that I myself would have learned in my career as a student player. A good teacher should teach what he knows or was taught. Makes sense right?I would not want a teacher trying something he was not sure of.
I would tend to take a solo that a famous player like Freddie Hubbard would play and I would have you listen to it Let’s say “Skylark” which was one of the tunes I was introduced to as possibly my second solo as ayoung player, as I mentioned in my previous lessons.. I would ask my student to listen to it even if they knew nothing or never even heard of Freddie Hubbard. Now of course before all this i would expect the student to have learned their 4 Triads, then the inversions of each in MAjor, Minor, Diminished, and Augmented. And then all the weeks and months of learning scales and the 8 progressions of chords. before I introduce them to listening and emulating (copying what a player ‘s style is or what he is actually playing) . I suggest as usual to resort back to my 1st few weekly lessons in the archives here on Keith Fialas trumpet resources. This is so important because I feel most players including myself can get sidetracked during the learning of the triads ,scales, and chord progressions, because it takes some time to learn them. But the fun is learnign how to do it. It’s the challenge that nakes it fun But without learning the Triads and scales and chords, none of this would be possible for any student to really learn how to improvise with a systematic or structured plan or course.
I am so happy to know that my father Carmine sent me to the music shool I wanted to go to, so now it all makes sense so many years later. I was learning from Bob Arthurs who in turn learned from the Manhattan shool of Music here in New York. So he would occasionally remind me that his education was from that school.
Don’t misunderstand me, there are other great teahcers out there like Keith Fiala who knows how to play and teach jazz, and that my former teacher Bob Arthurs is not the only one in the world that knows this plan of teaching jazz. Believe me “Us Teachers are still learnng” You never stop learning in music at any level.No matter what music degree you have.That is the beauty of music, especially jazz. That also goes for classical, It’s the same thing just a different syle. Of course I grew up as a very good or as other people see me, “a great reader” having studied with great teachers as William Vacchiano, Charlie Affelt. Charles Colin, Lew Solloff, etc. But it is the same priincipal. Listen and try to copy the way the pros play. Now you can go on things like YOu Tube which i never had n my earlier years in the late 70’s and 80’s, and you can even read transcribed solos while you are playing them. But I think it is always better to listen then try to sing then play them over time.
So I think this tip will hopefully get you, the jazz enthusiast to understand basic concepts of playing jazz, starting with learning what aTRIAD is , then the inversions of those Triads. then take it a step further, next learn your scales without scales you can’t learn Triads because they are the notes or numbers of that scale.Then you have the inversions. see weekly archives 0n 9/20 and 9/27. Before you know it you will learn how to inflect scales and then the 8 chord Progressions that I plan to go over with next week here on Trumpet resources
“You Never Stop learning At Any level”
Hope you have a great Lesson!
sincerely yours, Ron Tenore
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.