Darren Lloyd Jazz

is creating Jazz etudes & improvisation lessons for intermediate students

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Do you want to develop your jazz vocabulary with intermediate, weekly jazz etudes? By learning to play these etudes, you are beginning to develop your knowledge of rhythm, chord notes, phrasing and space. If you listen to the demo etude or watch the YouTube video, you'll also hear how to articulate, phrase and approach the etudes.

As a patron to tier 1, you will receive a weekly (Friday) jazz etude (over a famous jazz standard), available in Concert pitch, Bb (tenor sax friendly too), Eb & bass clef. I will also include a backing track for you to play along too.

The etude will have 2 choruses, the first being aimed at players that aren't wanting to be pushed too far technically and concentrate on the chord changes a little more. The second chorus will be more technically demanding and utilise more chromatic language, enclosures, trickier rhythms...

As well as the jazz etude I will also include a short (video) lesson on developing your jazz vocabulary. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your playing with a fully qualified teacher & professional musician. Darren Lloyd.

The jazz etudes are created to help develop students' jazz vocabulary but are also fun to play, melodic and come with a recording of Darren playing the etude and a backing track too! They are purposefully written in a way where there are not too many tricky, high sustained, or semi quaver/double time passages.

NEW! You will also be invited to a weekly zoom call/hang out where you can ask any questions regarding practicing jazz improvisation or aspects of the mini lesson or etude.

If you are really wanting to take you playing to a whole new level, you should definitely consider upgrading to tier 2!

If you love the jazz etudes but don't really want the mini lesson or zoom call benefits, I also have another Patreon where for only £1 monthly, you receive a weekly jazz etude! So, for £12 (over the year) you would receive at least 52 jazz etudes, backing tracks and the demo recordings. Here is the link - https://www.patreon.com/jazzetudes

Testimonials

"The 65 études are exactly what I need to break the impasse and have the confidence to overcome years of "slavery to the dots". Darren has achieved so much by Intelligently applying himself to the task of understanding the language and developing his own talent. The 65 études are a wealth of genuine standards from the "greats" across the genres. Darren's articulate presentation encourages you to persist and really achieve. See you at the other end.....

Ken Brown - Trumpet player with the Halle Orchestra


Hi Darren, I really love your book/books. I was a brass band nerd (still am I suppose) til I entered the RNCM aged 23. I did 10 years with the BBC Philharmonic then moved to Norway and the Bergen Philharmonic. I have been here for 20 years now combining the orchestra and playing lead trumpet with the Bergen big band. I also conduct bands and write my own music. The thing I like about your etudes is it allows me to be slightly freer in my improvisation. I usually find due to my “classical” background that I improvise ok-ish during rehearsals but when I get to the gig my ideas freeze up. This maybe due to not having enough jazz language to use. Without doubt your etudes are helping me cement a better awareness of the language." 

Martin Winter - Principal Trumpet with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra


"I love your jazz etudes ...not just for myself but for all of my students. They range from grade 3 up to grade 8. I have been teaching trumpet and jazz for over 40 years now and have tried a lot of methods but yours are proving to be the best by far.I look forward to all your future projects. We never stop learning so keep up the great work Darren. Best wishes" 

Graham Russell LLCM (T.D.) ARCM, ALCM - Studio Trumpet - Lead Trumpet West End - Lead Trumpet Dame Shirley Bassey


'Your etudes are great, my students love them!'

Jarritt A Sheel - Assistant Professor, Music Education - Berklee College of Music 
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Jazz improvisation lessons Patron

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I teach jazz students to improvise in a step by step process,
developing chord knowledge and the ability to hear them whilst playing great sounding (intermediate) vocabulary.

On this tier, I hold nothing back and teach you everything I have learnt over the past 20 years that I have been studying this wonderful music.

In tier 2, you have access to all the benefits of being in tier 1. 

You also have access to a weekly (posted on a Monday) jazz improvisation lesson using a famous jazz standard to work on.

Each week you will receive access to a

  • Weekly video jazz improvisation lesson
  • mp3 demo etudes and backing tracks
  • Detailed lesson plan with hints & tips on how to make outstanding progress
  • A weekly 40 minute zoom Q & A call about the weekly lesson or anything else pertaining to jazz improvisation.  
Tunes that have been used so far include

Autumn leaves
Ladybird
Blue Bossa
Pentatonic
Blues
How to approach a new jazz standard
All the things you are
Mack the knife
There will never be another you

Lessons focus on developing jazz vocabulary and listening skills through fun to play etudes aimed at intermediate players.
Lessons focus on

Approach notes
Chord/target notes
Motifs
Enclosures
Chromaticism
Rhythm

The lessons focus on developing the ability to play beautiful melodic solos whilst concentrating on playing what you hear!

Darren is a fully qualified teacher and has been a professional musician since leaving school at 16. He is also a holder of a master of arts in jazz performance!

Looking forward to seeing you on the inside!

Testimonials

'Thank you for all your great music and lessons. You have been a great inspiration to a large number of people. I thank you for that.'

Mike Spirito


'Thank you for all your great music and lessons. You have been a great inspiration to a large number of people. I thank you for that.'
Mike Spirito'I am already a patron member, and purchased your 10 progressive etudes yesterday. I wanted to tell you that even though I have not yet made it to one of the zoom calls, I have listened to many and learned so much.I applaud and appreciate your dedication to jazz education! I am a music educator (junior high band) in Texas… and we currently do not have a jazz program, however with people like you that are helping me learn all the time, I know we will open a jazz program at my school one day. Also, I come from a classical background, that has been learning jazz the last few years as an adult. I have subscribed to many online/YouTube/ fill in the blank “courses” and you are hands down the BEST! You understand people, you care to educate, and you are not afraid to admit when you don’t have the immediate answer to everyone’s question. That’s why I think you are incredible. You know who you are, and you know that you want to help people. Your Patreon stuff has always been good, but you continue to tweak it even better than before month to month. This last progressive etudes is the best yet. I particularly love how the most simple one I can identify with immediately seeing the chord tone work… then that helps me transfer that knowledge to the advanced etude with chord tones with added enclosures and extras… bravo.I am a struggling jazz improviser, but I am getting better because of you.'Thanks again,

Jeremy Kelsey

Hey Darren,
'I just want to tell you how good it is to have found you and your work this year. I have worked with, or tried to work with, a great many available methods for the learning of improvisation, and yours feels like the pot at the end of the rainbow. At last I've found one that I really like, and one I know I can really trust.I'm a teacher too, so I appreciate everything you do to build exercises and activities. You have knowledge and experience and the ability to put the right stuff together in the right presentation.I'm a teacher who just retired, so at long last I have the time to really put in the work. It's play more than work, as it's said, but it's definitely work too, and it's worth it of course, because jazz music is so very fine. I'm very grateful that you've come along now when I have the time.As I believe I've told you, I also have a teacher in Susie Lareine, who makes me play along (only by ear!) with her once a week, and then also once a week a gathering of four or five musicians (two of whom are professional musicians, counting Susie) who tolerate my learning curve. I understand how lucky I am to have all this, especially Jazz Etudes, in my life.'So thank you!

Dave Stacey

'As a classically trained trumpeter who has studied up to degree level, I recently started the jazz improv training academy with Darren after stumbling across his website on YouTube. I’ve had some jazz lessons in the past and listened to a lot of jazz and practiced improvisation at great length but never felt that I sounded at all jazzy. That is all changing now!
If you are looking to improve your jazz and improvisation skills his knowledge is second to none.'


Stephen Clyde - United Kingdom


'The Jazz improv training academy lessons has really reignited my passion for playing the trumpet. The lessons are easy to understand and I am learning and making progress quickly.'

Mitch Kent - USA


'Simply the Best! I did not want to put my horn down for days after the lessons with Darren - thank you sooooo much. His lessons are the spark that light the fire - and I cannot think of a higher compliment. Jazz - here I come! His style is warm, deliberate and so easy to take in... Do yourself a favour and make the connection!'

Russell Anderson - USA


'Having lessons with Darren has really opened up my mind as to how to build my own improvised solos. His musicianship combined with a very friendly, open and confidence building manner have helped me to get away from the root based, quarter note approach bass players are typically brought up on and has enabled me to start thinking like a true soloist. Using the exercises he has given me, there has been an immediate, very clear change in the way I think and has already led to a much more melodic quality in my improvisation.'

David Cobb - United Kingdom


'I've learnt more in a few weeks with Darren's lessons than several years with different method books, different online courses etc... You learn the basics of becoming a good improvisor in a way that is easy to understand and apply. I am truly grateful to have discovered Darren and so are my fellow band mates!

Bruce Lepolstat - Netherlands


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A jazz etude - just for you!

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I will write a jazz etude just for you. One per month for the time you are on this tier.

You choose the standard (it has to be a well known jazz standard, or, you supply the chord sequence, nothing to 'out there').
You choose the key!
You choose the style (dixieland, cool, mainstream).
You choose which clef and pitch!
You receive the pdf in the key and pitch you asked for.

The etude that has been written for just you, will never be sold or published by me!

Whilst the etude has been created for you, I own the copyright and as a result it cannot be resold by you or anyone else in anyway.

You also receive the benefits of tier 1 & 2.

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About Darren Lloyd Jazz

Hi, Darren here! 
Are you a frustrated musician wanting to develop their jazz vocabulary or learn to improvise beautiful and melodic jazz solos on your instrument?

I am creating jazz etudes & lessons for intermediate musicians interested in developing their jazz vocabulary and improvisation skills. Check out the different tiers for the content I provide.
 
Tier 1 is a weekly jazz etude with a mini video lesson on than aspect of the etude! You also get a recording of the demo etude and backing track! Included is a mini lesson/look at the vocabulary used in the etude also. These etudes come in concert pitch, Bb pitch, Eb pitch and bass clef.

Tier 2 is a weekly jazz lesson. I pick a tune for around 5 weeks and work on chords, scales, approach notes, enclosures, motifs, 2 5 1's.... You also get access to the my discord feed. You also get a lesson plan, pdf etudes, demo recordings of the etudes and a link to the video lesson. You also get access to tier 1!

Check out these testimonials for tier 2!

'Thank you for all your great music and lessons. You have been a great inspiration to a large number of people. I thank you for that.'
Mike Spirito

'I am already a patron member, and purchased your 10 progressive etudes yesterday. I wanted to tell you that even though I have not yet made it to one of the zoom calls, I have listened to many and learned so much.
I applaud and appreciate your dedication to jazz education! I am a music educator (junior high band) in Texas… and we currently do not have a jazz program, however with people like you that are helping me learn all the time, I know we will open a jazz program at my school one day. Also, I come from a classical background, that has been learning jazz the last few years as an adult. I have subscribed to many online/YouTube/ fill in the blank “courses” and you are hands down the BEST! You understand people, you care to educate, and you are not afraid to admit when you don’t have the immediate answer to everyone’s question. That’s why I think you are incredible. You know who you are, and you know that you want to help people. Your Patreon stuff has always been good, but you continue to tweak it even better than before month to month. This last progressive etudes is the best yet. I particularly love how the most simple one I can identify with immediately seeing the chord tone work… then that helps me transfer that knowledge to the advanced etude with chord tones with added enclosures and extras… bravo.
I am a struggling jazz improviser, but I am getting better because of you.'
Thanks again,
Jeremy Kelsey

Hey Darren,
'I just want to tell you how good it is to have found you and your work this year. I have worked with, or tried to work with, a great many available methods for the learning of improvisation, and yours feels like the pot at the end of the rainbow. At last I've found one that I really like, and one I know I can really trust.
I'm a teacher too, so I appreciate everything you do to build exercises and activities. You have knowledge and experience and the ability to put the right stuff together in the right presentation.
I'm a teacher who just retired, so at long last I have the time to really put in the work. It's play more than work, as it's said, but it's definitely work too, and it's worth it of course, because jazz music is so very fine. I'm very grateful that you've come along now when I have the time.
As I believe I've told you, I also have a teacher in Susie Lareine, who makes me play along (only by ear!) with her once a week, and then also once a week a gathering of four or five musicians (two of whom are professional musicians, counting Susie) who tolerate my learning curve. I understand how lucky I am to have all this, especially Jazz Etudes, in my life.'
So thank you!
Dave Stacey

Tier 3 is where I write you your own jazz etude, you choose the tune & key! You also get access to tier's 1 & 2!

Tier 4 you receive a monthly one to one lesson with me! This is limited to only 4! You also gain access to tier 1 & 2!


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