Basic Techniques for Jazz Trombone

Mastering the basics of articulation, phrasing and improvisation.

by Bert Boeren

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In this comprehensive masterclass we will look into the technical side of playing the trombone, some of the improvisational techniques you can use and finally we will bring all these elements together.

I will talk about some of the most fundamental aspects of playing Jazz trombone and I will answer some relevant questions such as:

1 How can we start a note? How to use your air flow and diaphragm? How to use your slide?

2 Beats and grooves: What is so important about time and how can we improve our timing?

3 The 2-5-1 progression, how to study and effectively improvise on it: Learn to connect these chords, playing melodically and composing guide lines. You will also learn some licks that will inspire you and help you advance in your daily practicing routine.

4 How to end a phrase? Personal signature to wrap the phrase: 1) Short note 2) Colouring a note 3) Vibrato with the slide or mouth 4) Fall a slide (variation slur or shake) 5 Fade out (Miles)

5 Horizontal Improvisation: How to connect the notes in your chord progression? Understanding the DNA structure of a song.

6 How can you create variety in your performances? The four elements: Water, Air, Earth, Fire. Learn how to use these elements in a musical context and develop creative listening and playing.

Video's: 2 hours

Skill Level: Intermediate

Backing Tracks: 10 backing tracks recorded for this course from Rob van Bavel

Language: English

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How it works:

This masterclass is a series of related video lessons, each structured around a specific topic or topics. By the end of this course, you will have developed a strong sense of direction in your daily study routine.

Weekly video lessons: after joining the course, you will be able to view a new video lesson weekly. Each video lesson consists of:

Examples that musically define the sound of the topic you are studying in each video.

A study routine section in which we first discuss how to study the specific topic of each lesson. We will then play several exercises specially written to show you how to structure your daily study routine.

Assignments that will help you consolidate and practice what you have learned in each video.

Weekly assignments: after each lesson, you will be asked to study, practice and then video record yourself playing an assignment which may consist of several exercises. The process of having to record yourself every week, significantly helps to internalise the material discussed in this course - quickly and naturally.

Weekly personalised video feedback: This function is only available in the "course" mode.

Certificate from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam: This function is only available in the "course" mode