Here are some ideas for incorporating the all important VI chord in bar 8 of the 12 bar blues.  They also incorporate the ii-V7b9-I7, and a little blues scale.


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  • played bebop scale excersises (
  • worked on “United” arrangement a la Woody Shaw’s ”United” album's version ( - note the backgrounds at end of piano solo - used harmonic minor scale for the minor I-V7+9s
  • worked on cycle exercises (like these
  • worked on “Birk's Works” using the harmonic minor scale - note the interlude before first solo in this recording

Here are some exercises to help get proficient with the Dominant Bebop scale.

Here's a list of Trumpet Method Books I like to use:

  • Standard of Excellence - Bruce Pearson
  • Mitchell on Trumpet Books 1-4 - Harold "Pappy" Mitchell
  • First Book of Practical Studies for Cornet and Trumpet - Robert W. Getchell
  • Arban's Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet - JB Arban
  • Easy Jazz Conception -- Trumpet: 15 Solo Etudes for Jazz Phrasing, Interpretation, and Improvisation - Jim Snidero

For theory:

  • Standard Wirebound Manuscript Paper (Green Cover) - Hal Leonard
  • Berklee Music Theory

Good excersises for developing "over the barline" rhythmic phrasing:

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Check this out (learned this from Geoff Keezer.)