Pip Eastop, Horn player, Photographer, Trumpet player

Horn player, Photographer, Trumpet player

Posts tagged “Giant Steps

Giant Steps

Still practising! I’ve been working on John Coltrane’s essential standard, Giant Steps. It’s a real earbender, but I think I’ve found a way in – an initial way of taking the fear out of it.

It’s a colour coded grid of the chord changes. Pretty self explanatory. It shows that the whole piece can be done, as if by magic, using only the notes of three major scales – in this case Db major, A major and F major. The three colours correspond to the three chords so you get visual cue to change chord. Please take a look.

Please note it’s for Bb trumpet. I use it with the excellent slow Aebersold playalongs to Giant Steps found in volume 65, “Four and More”.


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.