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Contents

Ear Training

Listening Speed

Theory page

Flintstones

Dolphin Dance

Let me show you how to improvise way beyond how you play now - on trombone.

How can you get past the difficulty of the instrument and begin playing more authentically and in a way that gives you more satisfaction?

By connecting your inner musician to your trombone. That may sound obvious, but for too many of us, the music inside is being drowned out by the din of memorized patterns and safe licks. 

This ear-based 170-page coil-bound or digital book will improve your skills in a number of areas from strengthening your sense of time to teaching you a bit of necessary music theory to exercises for learning the blues and 14 other standard tunes. 

Running through each page is a constant reminder to open up your ears, mute the chatter and listen to the music outside and inside of you. I believe that is where music comes from.

If you agree, you’ll love this book! Learn more…

"Michael has created what has to be one of the most comprehensive tools for learning to improvise specifically for trombone!

This is a thoughtful, thorough, and dynamic approach to learning trombone improvisation."
NIck Finzer
New York trombonist and educator

Coil-bound edition: $59.95

Digital downloadable edition: $34.95

Here are lots of great books to elevate your jazz improvisation knowledge and skills. 

If you are frustrated by endless scale practice and watching lessons of great players blow through tunes with no idea how that will make you a better improviser, look through this collection of ear-based training for jazz improvisation.

Music Savvy specializes in jazz learning materials that are practical and based on the idea that the best thing you can do to become the player you imagine is to connect your ear to your instrument, whichever instrument you play.

Most of these books are available as either digital or soft-cover/coil-bound.

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Audio Books

eBooks

Inception
Cinematic @ 68 bpm
Inception
Cinematic @ 68 bpm
Milky Way
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
Milky Way
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
I-VI-II-V
Jazz @ 140 bpm
I-VI-II-V
Jazz @ 140 bpm
Caribbean Express
Salsa @ 165 bpm
Caribbean Express
Salsa @ 165 bpm
Dawn of a New Day
Soul @ 85 bpm
Dawn of a New Day
Soul @ 85 bpm
Spinning Top
Jazz Waltz @ 140 bpm
Spinning Top
Jazz Waltz @ 140 bpm
Sails Full Open
Contemporary @ 120 bpm
Sails Full Open
Contemporary @ 120 bpm
Summer's Dawn
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Summer's Dawn
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
The Benji Pad
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
The Benji Pad
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
St. Thomas Block Party
Calypso @ 114 bpm
St. Thomas Block Party
Calypso @ 114 bpm
Island Mines
World Music @ 112 bpm
Island Mines
World Music @ 112 bpm
Disco Marley
Reggae-ish @ 110 bpm
Disco Marley
Reggae-ish @ 110 bpm
Earthen Choir
Ethereal @ 92 bpm
Earthen Choir
Ethereal @ 92 bpm
Jungle Dance
Cinematic @ 130 bpm
Jungle Dance
Cinematic @ 130 bpm
Bailey's Waltz
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Bailey's Waltz
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Afternoon Daydreaming
Samba @ 90 bpm
Afternoon Daydreaming
Samba @ 90 bpm
Galactica
Epic @ 100 bpm
Galactica
Epic @ 100 bpm
Lush Life
Funk @ 90 bpm
Lush Life
Funk @ 90 bpm
Eleuthera
Bolero @ 90 bpm
Eleuthera
Bolero @ 90 bpm
Good Bye
Ethereal @ 90 bpm
Good Bye
Ethereal @ 90 bpm
Southside Strut
Funk @ 100 bpm
Southside Strut
Funk @ 100 bpm
Standing outside
Bossa @ 150 bpm
Standing outside
Bossa @ 150 bpm
Groovy Jazzy
Jazz funk @ 112 bpm
Groovy Jazzy
Jazz funk @ 112 bpm
Sound Refuge
Eclectic - no temp
Sound Refuge
Eclectic - no temp
Dreaming of Mars
Static harmony without a tempo
Dreaming of Mars
Static harmony without a tempo
Beat Sweeper
Jazz @ 180 bpm
Beat Sweeper
Jazz @ 180bpm
Cruisin'
Fast Americana @ 224 bpm
Cruisin'
Fast Americana @ 224 bpm
Contemplation
Smooth @ 120 bpm
Contemplation
Smooth @ 120 bpm

This is just a fake book example for the type of website I can build for you. Just trying to use a little humor here!