Learning to Improvise


Against my advice, my son chose the trumpet as his instrument. It took me a while, but I came to terms with his decision, and it seems to be a good fit for him. For the past couple of years we have been taking (classical) trumpet lessons and practicing together in the evenings. Gradually, I’ve been introducing him to some beginning improvisation concepts and have been documenting our activities and progress along the way.


Fear of Improvising

Jazz Improv – Where To Begin?

Arpeggiating the Blues

Chord Tone Patterns

The Power of Incentive

Trumpet Practice Routine

Interpreting Melodies

Miles Davis Solo

Portrait of Jennie

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