One of the tools I use when teaching saxophone and trumpet is a very popular resource for trumpet players.
In this resource, there's a particular exercise that is a beautiful melody, and also a great lick.
Recently, when I was teaching this exercise to a student, we decided to explore using melodic shapes from the lick and developing them by improvising over a Blues form.
Doing that helped us create some really cool lines.
Watch the video lesson below to see and hear the exercise from this popular resource, and see how you can apply it to your practicing:
I would encourage every musician to learn this exercise by ear, in every key, to really benefit from this lesson on using melodic shapes.
While I don't think saxophone players need to purchase this resource, every trumpet player must have this book!
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