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Tip #1 – Haydn Progress (Video)
I have made it a personal challenge for myself to be able to play the entire first movement of the Haydn concerto up an octave… the first question that most trumpet players will have rush to their minds is, “Why in the heck would you want to do that?”
First – because I’m finding that it’s helping my accuracy and musicality in the upper register. Maynard always said that you don’t truly own any notes you can’t play musically!
Second – I’m trying to stretch my endurance and range even further up… so I needed something that required me to play above Double C – but not just a few bars in… and the Haydn has that ominous Eb in the middle of the piece. Not to mention the acrobatics at the end that stretch you well over an octave leaping around!
Third – I’m enjoying the process for the first time in my life! I always hated how long things can (and do) take when working on things that are new, scary or just plain difficult!
My end goal (6 months to a year out) is to be able to play the entire piece musically accurate! NO pauses or breaks that aren’t in the piece and complete with accurate dynamics, double tonguing, articulations, etc. Just in the few weeks that I’ve been working on this, I’m happy with the progress that I’m hearing. If you’re expecting immediate change, you’re in for a let-down. That’s something I had to learn the hard way about the practice room process. I spent a great many years either rushing through or just all together not doing things that were challenging.
Now, I know that the diehard Classical folks are squirming in their chairs and thinking that I need a psychologist… but it’s one more way to think WAY outside the box and improve my playing as best I can. Don’t be afraid to think OUTSIDE the norm… and go for it… good, bad, ugly – just do it!
Haydn first page…
Haydn Second page…
Tip #2 – Ron’s Tips – Preparation For Jazz Improv
Preparation for jazz improv
Happy New Year everyone. So now the weeks are going on and I hope that my Tips have inspired you somewhat to advancing you through the course of jazz .As I mentioned in my earlier weeks in September that this is the course that was given to me by my teacher Bob at a fine Conservatory in White Plains, NY . This is also the course given by the Manhattan School of Music. Now of course if there are any questions I would hope that you will forward your questions here on Ron’s Tips.
Each week I stress the importance of reviewing past weekly tips that are given n the archives on Keith Fiala’s trumpetresources.com. I want to make sure that we are always reviewing past lessons especially when this is an online course where it depends soley on you . Before we can start improvising, the lessons leading upto this must be known. Triads as we first spoke about are the thirds leading up to a 6th or 7th Chord. So in the C Major scale we can once again talk about the 4 triads of importance in chords. They are Major 1-3-5, Minor 1-flat 3 -5, Diminished 1-flat 3 -flat 5, and Augmented 1-3- #5. So in C major the 1-3-5- would be C-E-G . Everything we play will be on a metronome slowly and consecutively one after the other without stopping.starting from the Major across to the augmented. Do this first. then you will do them in every major key. All 12. Then of course we talked about the inversions of these 4 triads. So the root is fist across the board then the 1st inversion which wil be on the 3-5-1 in Major then Flat 3-5-1 in Minor and so on.The reason i am going over them once again is important . These are the buildings blocks of any chord and without these in our heads we cannot move on. I will make sure that we will move faster going into improvisation. So Do all these inversions of the triads to brush up. Now please if you ever feel confused please don’t be afraid to ask. Work on these in all keys because the next step will be the chords. We have talked also about scales. We will need to know all the Major scales and melodic and Harmonic scales.So today I am just briefing you on these. Then of course we talked about the 8 progressions of chords that come after learning our triads. They are also played in the same manner. Even though we have eight chords,there are still only 4 Triads that make up these chords and also that the chords can be either 6ths or 7ths or even 9ths which we will go over again. Then we talked in the past weekly archives on learning a tune. Yes I stressed finding a basic jazz standard that we can put the chords to. So If you haven’t done that yet then i think it’s a good idea to search for one while you are learning your triads chords and scales.
Before we start improvising all of our scales must be learned. we will talk again on this as we go along. When a piano player plays a chord He plays the chord once which will take up the complete bar by striking these keys with his left hand. His four or five fingers will strike the piano chord once. A trumpet player plays a chord one note at a time. So a 7th chord will take most likely take 4 beats starting from the first note ate the bottom of the chord and continuing up the chord. For example 1-3-5-7 .where each one note is one beat on the trumpet to make the 4 beats in the bar. Eventually this is how we will be improvising on a tune. Either in half notes, or quarter notes or triplets, or sixteenth notes , or six notes in a phrase. There are no shortcuts to learning jazz .The instrumentalist is free to play what he feels but within the scales and with rhythms which we have talked about and I will talk again about in the future. Jazz is cool , Jazz is Fun, and Jazz takes work just as any form of music does.
Pick a jazz solo from a particular trumpet artist for now, listen to it for a while ( maybe a week or so) and then sing it, then you want to start playing it. By doing this you are learning to play that artists style so one day you can learn your own style while improvising.You will be building a library of artists in your head by listening. these steps should be taken seriously when learning jazz.
So let’s resort back to the weekly archives . Get motivated! and let’s learn how to improvisation with hard work..i can’t wait to teach the 1st lesson on improvising with rhythms so, See you on the next lesson of Ron’s Tips
“In absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia, until we ultimately become enslaved by it.”
Robert Heinlein 1907-1988, Novelist and Screenwriter