Technique

Music is an Onion

This analogy is an old one, and I don’t like it very much.  Onions are used for a bunch of different scenarios, but when I said this to a student the other day I decided I had to sit down and try to better figure out what this means to...

Recycling in Jazz Improvisation

The following is an exerpt from my book, “Recycling in Jazz Improvisation” which can be downloaded as a pdf iunder the “Shop” tab. The core concept for this book started a while ago when I began teaching my younger trumpet students to practice major scales in what I call “scale...

Juggling Versatility

A Trend In Trumpet Playing I have found that in recent years there seems to be a trend for music students, in particular, students of the trumpet, to strive for music careers that encompass and embrace a wider variety of musical styles. Perhaps this is due in part to the...

Know Your Sphere, And Play In It

Martial Arts study taught me to be aware of different spheres of influence that are always present; a safe or un-reachable distance from my opponent, the distance of my initial contact, the preferred distance of greatest control, and too close.  I had a musical experience that got me thinking about...

Recycling the Major Pentatonic Scale

The following article is an excerpt from my book, “Recycling in Jazz Improvisation” which can be downloaded as a pdf in my Books section of www.DavidCooperMusic.com. There has been a lot of great information written about the use of the pentatonic scale in jazz. My intention here is not to...

So, you think you know your major scales?

The following article is an excerpt from my book, “Recycling in Jazz Improvisation” which can be downloaded as a PDF under my “Shop” tab above. Can you Play the Phone Book?  Here is an exercise that should test that knowledge, expand your ear, strengthen your interval recognition and further develop...