This month we take a look at a couple of licks from one of my favorite trumpet players, Tom Harrell. Tom has a way of playing some of the clearest lines I have ever heard while still being totally creative and melodic throughout. Clarity is something that we all strive for in our lines and is one of the most important aspects you can work on. These two lines are a great place to start. By dissecting these lines and learning what makes them tick, you stand a great chance of being able to bring this type of sound into your own playing.
The first lick is a double time line that we have slowed down aver a V7-I progression. The use of chromaticism and weaving throughout the chord are masterful. The second lick for this week demonstrates how to handle an altered dominant. Tune in this week for a masterclass on the vocabulary of Tom Harrell
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