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Miles Davis Jazz trumpet solo transcription over Freddie the Freeloader 2

Posted on January 25, 2015 by Sweets

I wanted to write about this Miles Davis Jazz trumpet solo over Freddie the Freeloader Jazz standard because of how simple Miles Davis keeps the solo. Miles never goes crazy with it and he makes really good use of space (silence) in his trumpet solo.

A lot of times in today’s Jazz music musicians tend to forget to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid). What I mean is they never take a break in their improv solos. Instead, they constantly play as much as possible to fit every note and idea in. I wouldn’t say this is a rookie thing to do, but if you think about the listener, they most likely don’t want to hear all kinds of notes anyway as they are trying to listen and relax. So it’s best to be creative like Miles Davis and not play too many notes. And don’t forget to use a lot of space in your Jazz solos.

What do you think?

Is it a good idea to think about K.I.S.S. when you are taking a ride or does it really even matter?

Please share your thoughts below.

Clifford Brown Joy Spring trumpet solo transcription

Posted on December 08, 2014 by Greg London

Now I know that 99.9 percent of you Jazz trumpet players out there have already heard this famous Clifford Brown trumpet solo of Joy Spring. I still wanted to add this to the website because it is just that awesome of a trumpet solo. Everything about this trumpet solo is just brilliant. From beginning to end this trumpet solo builds with intensity and gives the listener the uttermost joy of true listening to Jazz music. I hope you enjoy.

Please let us know what you think of this awesome trumpet solo below….

Major diatonic triad pattern played over some standard Jazz blues

Posted on April 03, 2014 by Justin Malizia

This Jazz pattern is pretty easy to learn and incorporate into your Jazz solos. It is basically triads based of a major scale with an added half step in between each diatonic triad going up the major scale.

Diatonic triad lick with half step

Here is a sample played on trumpet over some standard Jazz blues:

How to memorize this jazz pattern in 12 keys:

This pattern makes us think about 2 major scales at the same time, so the best way to learn this pattern in all 12 keys is to first think about working up the ‘primary scale’, which is the scale we are going to work up the diatonic triads over each mode. Example over C major: CEG DFA EGB FAC GBD ACE BDF. After you have become comfortable with the triads, then start incorporating a half step below each of the triads.

In this example it will outline a B major scale. Once you are ready to incorporate the ‘lick’ into a jazz solo keep in mind that you do not have to start the lick at the beginning of the scale, as I have demonstrated in my playing. Experiment taking one pattern, and starting the lick in different spots to hear how it fits within the chord you are playing over.

I have found in my playing that it can be a flashy attention grabber if played at a burning tempo. Start off slow and continue to build up speed, and as always, have fun with it.

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