New Q&A: Jazz Etudes, Motifs and Tonalization Studies

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by Eddie Lewis

All-State Jazz Etudes, Motifs and Licks, and Tonalization Studies!

Live Q and A Number 44!

We have two questions going into today’s Live Q and A, and I’m also anticipating questions about the Texas All-State jazz trumpet etudes, which were released today. Strike that. I just went to the website to verify. It turns out the release of the etudes has been pushed back by two weeks (probably lockdown related). It will now be released on June 1st. I had to reschedule my videos because I don’t wan’t to get ahead of the process.

Here are the two questions that were asked this week:

Difference Between Motif and Lick

Dylan Meersman asked what is the difference between a motif and a lick. I will go into more detail in the Q and A, but the best way to look at it is to compare a lick to a spoken sentence and a motif to a spoken word. A lick is made up of motifs in the same way that a sentence is made up of words.

But like I said, we will go into more detail in the Q and A.

Forgetting Keys If You Don’t Do Them Every Day

Anthony brought up a great question about the tonalization studies. He saw that I recommend practicing them in only one key per day. His question is about forgetting them. Do you forget a key if you haven’t done it in a while?

Well, first of all, I am a firm believer in every key practice as a trumpet lifestyle. I feel the same way about the different keys as I do about range. The tonalization studies shouldn’t be the only time you are working on keys, just like “range exercises” should not be the only time you are playing high. When you practice according to my method, you are constantly playing in every key. Your long tones are in every key. Your articulation studies are in every key. Your intervals cover every key. Your musical work should also be mindful of the keys you cover. So when you practice in all the keys that often, you don’t have an opportunity to forget.

But it is also more than just that. I also believe that, when you practice correctly, you don’t forget. The problem, of course, is that most people do NOT practice correctly.

We will talk about this more in the Q and A, but I wanted to get it started here.

See everyone at 5:00 PM Houston time!

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