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After a short hiatus from the CHOPS blog I am back.

I suppose what I needed was some time of just playing without much analysis.

I am attempting to learn to play some jazz. I want to be comfortable reading jazz charts and most importantly I want to look at the chance to solo as an opportunity to show off and show my versatility instead of avoiding it like the plague and just saying “yeah, I don’t do that.” It would be a lot of fun to really be able to play some jazz and without a doubt it will add many positive results to my quest as a performer that is always ready for anything.

The hardest thing for me has been finding a starting point. What do I do to get going in this new genre? Do I practice essentially the same way I do with my legit trumpet playing? How do you practice improvising?

This lead me to the break in CHOPS. I feel that there is a certain push I must forge through here in the beginning. I don’t really know what I’m doing and like with most big strides I’ve taken in my playing it is the process of going from not knowing what I’m doing but just keeping learning and getting better a little at a time that all the sudden, one day when I’m not even thinking about it I will realize that I do know what I’m doing. At least that’s what I’m hoping for.

So for now, my aim is to listen a bunch and just try to enjoy transcribing some of the staple repertoire. I’m not going to be too hard on myself because I don’t know what is possible and how all of this should be going.

I have noticed a marked improvement after my study with the Bb blues.

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