Sliding Into Home
Check the bottom of the page for a link to the drum track that I use in this recording. While playing these jazz etudes with a metronome is useful, playing with a drumset giving you the correct style is even better in order to help your preparation.
One of the most important things that you can do when you are learning to play in a jazz style is to listen to as much as you can. If you go back to the early beginnings of jazz, players were working much more by ‘the seat of their pants’ than we do now. There weren’t jazz etude books. Musicians listened to other players, both live and on recordings, and copied what they heard. Now we have transcription books and other jazz methods, but none of these are a substitute for listening and trying to imitate what you hear. This works for classical music as well, so keep listening to everything you can!
This example is marked to be played in a Salsa tempo and style. For this latin style, the eighth notes are played evenly as opposed to in an uneven swing feel. As with any jazz style, it is vitally important to listen to examples in that style. Pay attention to the differences in articulations throughout.
Listen to the sample below of New York based trombonist Jimmy Bosch playing an improvised solo. While the tone color may be a bit more strident than we want to use for this audition, pay attention to the length of notes and articulations as opposed to the swing style of the first etude.
Again, check below for a link to the drum track that I use in this recording. While playing these jazz etudes with a metronome is useful, playing with a drumset giving you the correct style is even better in order to help your preparation.
As you heard above, I made a drum track to accompany myself in place of using a metronome for both of these examples. For these styles of jazz etudes, it is important to play as if you are playing with a rhythm section. Rubato really doesn’t work for these unless you are playing a ballad, and even then, the rhythm section will still be chugging along as you play.
The links below are downloadable mp3 files that you can use to practice with.
Sliding Into Home – Drum Track Only
Con Carne – Drum Track Only