Resources and Free Downloads

8 Diatonic Patterns

Playing scales only straight up and down in octaves in of limited usefulness and is soon boring. Spice up your routine by practicing various patterns!

Johnny Lists – Everyone Loves Lists

Interesting lists of good stuff, e.g. 30 Tips for College Students, 50 Small Ways to Improv Your Life, 50 Things to Do When Bored, 12 Websites Where You Can Download Free Stuff, etc. etc.

Udemy – Learn Some Stuff

Udemy.com is an online tutorial services offering courses in many, many areas, from software development to business to how-to’s with popular software programs to various things in the arts, including…. music. There are tutorials in many instruments, but also music theory, audio production, composition, songwriting, and more. There is a range of prices, but in general, the tutorials seem to be a bargain.

Groove Based Practice

As far as the rhythmic aspect is concerned, traditional horn etudes use mostly simple (duple and triple) meter and rhythms. Contemporary etudes may use more complex rhythms or meter, but often aperiodically or irregularly. What’s missing? Groove!