Texas All-State Jazz Etudes Released Today!
Here are this year’s three Texas All-State jazz trumpet etudes. The good news is that I composed all three of them again this year. That is three years in a row of them choosing all three of my etudes. I do consider it an honor.
If you want to read about the best way to practice these etudes, check out our earlier post on the three steps for practicing All-State etudes. You can read it by clicking HERE.
Trumpet Etude 1 (Groovin’ High)
The first etude is based on the bebop tune called Groovin’ High. It is a little on the fast side, but if you practice it carefully, it should be easily accessible.
The most unique thing I wrote this year was the four straight eighth-notes in measure fifteen. At this tempo (176 bpm), this figure stands out as sounding almost like an effect. It is completely unexpected. When I first wrote it, I thought maybe it was too different for the All-State jazz etudes. But in the end, I decided it sounded really cool, leading into that tritone sub in the next measure.
The highest note in this jazz etude is E flat above the staff. I’ve been creeping up on the range over the years because the jazz students in Texas are beginning to sound good on those notes.
Trumpet Etude Two (Body and Soul)
The ballad etude this year, for the Texas All-State Jazz tryouts is based on the chord progression for Body and Soul.
One thing you’ll notice this year is that the double time section is longer than they’ve ever been before. The double time section is seven bars long. This was my tip-of-the-hat to Coleman Hawkins, who was the first jazz player to make Body and Soul popular. I am not suggesting that what I wrote is in Hawkins’ style. Not at all. But he established a tradition, in my opinion, of doing a lot of double time on this tune.
I always try to put rhythms into the ballad etudes that help show the judges who can make a difference between triplets and sixteenth notes. For example, look at the last line. You have a triplet pickup to measure 21 (from the previous line) followed quickly by another triplet pickup into the third beat. A good student will contrast that with the following measure, which has very similar rhythms, but written as sixteenth notes this time. The rhythms of these two measures should NOT sound the same. The judges can hear the difference. Make sure you play them that way!
The highest note in this etude is E above high C.
Trumpet Etude 3 (Recordame)
The Latin etude for this year’s Texas All-State Jazz Trumpet auditions is based on the chord progression for Recordame.
I want to start out by saying that, even though most jazz players probably swing the eighths when we improvise on Recordame, this etude should be played straight. A lot of sambas sound great when you swing over them, in your solos. I think Recordame is one of those tunes, but the etude should not be swung. Play it straight.
There’s an articulation pattern that popped up in this etude. Slur from the and-of-one to the downbeat of two. Play the and-of-two staccato. Slur the next two notes, then play the last two eighth notes in the measure staccato. This happens three times. Don’t be lazy with these articulations. Nail them and you will tell the judges that you put some effort into the etude.
The highest note in the Trumpet Etude Three is C# above the staff, which seems a little low compared to the other etudes.
Please keep in mind that I am available for private lesson, masterclasses, and workshops. If you or your band need help with these etudes, please contact me and we will make it work.
Also, most weeks I have a live stream Trumpet Q and A session and if you cannot afford lessons or my masterclass fees, then I invite you to visit us at the Q and A. We try to start at 5:00 PM each Friday (Houston time).