Pip Eastop, Horn player, Photographer, Trumpet player

Horn player, Photographer, Trumpet player

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Posts tagged “chords

Studying Clifford Brown and Giant Steps

I wrote out all the chords from Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” and turned them all into a useful chordal study which goes through every key. Felt quite pleased with myself. It’s a bit of an ear bender, so learning to play it in every key might take some time.

I’ve also extracted a useful exercise from Clifford Brown’s amazing “Night in Tunisia” from an album called “The Beginning And The End”. It’s based on a whole tone run and it’s very tricky and makes a challenging study for the ears and fingers. Something to put into my workout.


Playing just the thirds

Here’s another useful exercise I just arrived at after some work on Aebersold, Volume 42 – “Blues in all keys”.

Having learned what the the chord notes and scale notes are (track 11, Blues in Ab -for trumpet) because Aebersold writes them all in for you, I found it hard to ignore them and that I couldn’t avoid playing simply chords and scales. So I wrote just the chord symbols on a post-it and stuck it in the page – effectively taking away one of the crutches. Then I found that because I still kept drifting away from knowing what notes I was playing I needed a way of making me focus this in relation to the given chords, so I went through the sequence playing just the thirds of every chord. 

This is a great exercise for me. I must go through the entire book(s) doing this. It will be a great help.