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Shape of the Week - Cm6

Have you seen the new series up on my YouTube Channel? If not you need to…

Pedal Tone Major Scale Workout | Nick Finzer Trombone Tips | #WednesdayWatch

Hey guys! Today's video is talking about a way to increase your ability to access the pedal register of the trombone - enjoy! :)

New Year, New Goals! Nick Finzer's Goal Setting Course 2018!

Nick Finzer leads us through a comprehensive approach to brainstorming, setting, and creating action plans to complete your goals!

If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail

Don't get left behind, enroll today to transform your life in 2018. You'll have the most comprehensive set of goals (WITH a PLAN to make them HAPPEN) you've ever had.

Lifetime access - use this process again and again - year to year - to create momentum in your life towards your goals.

Can't wait to share this with you all! Let's get started!

Cyber Monday is Here!

Happy Holiday Season All!

To kick it off, I'm offering a new holiday educational bundle for 2017!

This year's bundle includes:

  • A Coupon Code to Redeem 1 Lifetime Access Copy to "Get Ahead" a Practical Course for the Developing Jazz Trombonist ($133 Value)
  • Physical Copy of a Practice Journal ($15 Value)
  • Signed Copy of "Hear & Now" ($20 Value)
  • One Skype Lesson (Giftable to the same person who registers the Get Ahead Course!) ($100 Value)
  • Some other free goodies ;)

$268 of Value for just $140!

(additional domestic or international shipping rates apply)

Dynamic Duos 040 | Leon Boykins - Mood Indigo

Dynamic Duos 040 | Leon Boykins - Mood Indigo

Today's video spent a little time locked in the vault, but it's time to share! This is one of my absolute favorite Duke Ellington compositions, and always included when I share jazz with young people! Here's Duke's "Mood Indigo" featuring the fine bass stylings of the one and only Mr Leon Boykins!

Have a great week - cya back here same time next week! 

Los Angeles CD Release Party at Blue Whale 4.10.17

Los Angeles CD Release Party at Blue Whale 4.10.17

HEAR & NOW cd release at blue whale 4.10.17!

We're celebrating "Hear & Now" with a performance at blue whale Los Angeles!

Monday 4.10.17 9PM!

 ft. John Beasley (piano), Danny Janklow (saxophone), Alex Boneham (bass), and Dan Schnelle (drums)

Here's a quick look at what happened last time we came to the blue whale!

won't you join us? 

 

How to Practice Jazz, How to practice hard chord changes!

How to Practice Jazz, How to practice hard chord changes!

In this week's video, we're talking about how to practice jazz. My approach is to break it down, just like you would when you're practicing any other musical skill.  

Slow it down, speed it up gradually. Break the music into small/digestible chunks and slowly combine them back together.    

Here I use my tune "Race to the Bottom" to illustrate just how I might practice something hard like this....  

Good luck - and Let me know what you're practicing these days! 

One of the best things about Touring...

One of the best things about Touring...

One of the best things about having to tour the country this month, is getting to reconnect with many people who I've met in other situations, and bringing them all together. Nothing is more special to me than getting to meet up with previous mentors, and ESPECIALLY to be able to connect with mentors musically! 

Single is Here! "We, the People"

Happy New Year! Enjoy! 

Like what you heard? Leave a comment, and grab the download: http://nickfinzer.selz.com

Today's the day, the release of my latest single "We, the People" 
This song is an embodiment of the spirit of The People. When we stand together, we're stronger than when we're alone. It's about believing in something. Standing for something.

Like, comment, and share! 

Download this track: http://nickfinzer.selz.com
from the February 2017 album "Hear & Now" featuring:
Lucas Pino - http://www.lucaspino.com/
Alex Wintz - http://www.alexwintzmusic.com/
Glenn Zaleski - https://www.glennzaleski.com/
Dave Baron - http://www.davebaronmusic.com/
Jimmy Macbride - https://jimmymacbride.com/

Hear & Now Pre-Order with Exclusive Bonus Offers!

Happy Monday! 

I'm excited to launch the pre-order period for my upcoming February release "Hear&Now" on Outside in Music (www.outsideinmusic.com)!

CD + Digital Download: You'll get the new album "Hear & Now" in February, and an advance digital copy of the album.

Discography: You'll get 3 CD's! Hear & Now, The Chase, and Exposition (lucky you, I've only got like 20 copies of Exposition left!) 

CD + Charts: You'll get a copy of "Hear & Now" plus PDF's of all the charts from the album!

CD Bundle: You'll get 5 copies of "Hear & Now"! Sharing is caring, spread the word. Who doesn't like receiving "just because" gifts from time to time?!? 

Mystery Box: You'll get a few copies of "Hear & Now" plus a digital download and some other goodies. What'll you get? Ya never know... that's part of the fun! 

 Wanna know more? 

watch the video, and get your order in today - these offers won't be back! 

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Play in tune in EVERY key!

One of the best ways I've found to learn to play better in tune is to play with drone tracks. I don't like using a tuner, as it doesn't really accurately represent where the pitches need to sit in each key. An E in the key of C is not the same as an E in the key of F! Secondly, tuning is an aura skill, not a visual one! Looking at the tuner won't help you when you don't have one to look at ...

 

I usually have students start with the major scale and go very slowly to practice tuning each interval, and then speed it up slightly, to practice tuning pitches that move by more quickly in a real life situation. 

 

Practice this very slowly! And be patient. Get each note to resonate against the drone track. If you can get the track playing at equal volume on some speakers, that would be ideal! But, headphones can always work in a pinch. Make sure you keep one ear off, so that you can hear the pitch coming from the drone. 

 

Playing in tune on a brass instrument is a constant battle, so don't give up. It's always good to go back and try to improve your ear!

 

Download the drone tracks here

 

Good luck! Please don't be afraid to be in touch with any questions. 

 

See ya next time -

 

Nick  

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Hear & Now is Coming soon...

The New Album is coming..... 

Major Key Arpeggio Workout for any Jazz Player!

This week I’m sharing a little exercise that I put together to practice all of the triads in a major key. Originally I wanted to find a way to play the “omnibus progression” on the trombone, but got distracted in the process and ended up with this major key exercise!  If you’re not familiar, you can check out the omnibus progression here, it’s pretty cool, if you’re into harmony 😃!

 

A few pointers: Go slow, and focus on accuracy over speed! Speed will come, but accuracy is more important. If you can’t play something clean, it will only get less and less intelligible as we speed it up! 

 

Next to the video you’ll find a link to a PDF of the exercise, or you can transcribe it yourself!

 

Feel free to be in touch with any comments or questions! I’d love to hear some of your versions! Post it online and tag me so I can see/hear 😃

 

See you all next time - 

 

Nick  

Frank Foster's Simone featuring Leon Boykins

First, I need to apologize, first day recording with a new camera lens! In this video me (and my horn) are only about 50% visible in the frame! I’ve got it sorted out now, but this new lens has a little less flexibility in zooming in/out. It’s a learning experience for all of us 😃! Regardless, I think the music came off without a hitch, and you’ll still enjoy!

 

The first time I heard this Frank Foster composition was playing in Bob Stewart’s “First Line” band. Bob had the pleasure of playing this tune with Mr. Foster, and we play it on just about every live gig we’ve played. I did an arrangement of it for Bob’s Double Quartet (featuring the First Line band along with the PubliQuartet string quartet) that we premiered at Dizzy’s for the release of Bob’s latest album on Sunnyside Records “Connections: Mind the Gap"

 

Here, Leon Boykins and I present the tune in a duo format (on the HOTTEST day of the summer here in NYC!). You can see all the things Leon and I have recorded together here. 

 

I hope you enjoy, “Simone” by Frank Foster

 

See you all next week!

 

- Nick  

Refresh your Trombone Flexibility Routine!

To me, flexibility means have the means to do what you need to do, when you need to do it (on the horn). High register, low register, loud, soft, etc. It’s like stretching for an athlete - you can’t just start running hard and expect the optimal results without first preparing your body for action. As brass players, we can’t escape flexibility exercises. 
 
However, it sometimes can get monotonous to play the same exercises day in and day out. So here, I’ve included a couple of exercises that will give you some new challenges in your daily flexibility practice! 
 
 
See you next time - 
 

 

Nick 

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"We, the People" Jazz Contest!

Hi All!

I'm super excited to share that my next album "Hear & Now" is slated for release on 2.17.17! And since Here in the USA it's an election year (duh, everyone knows this unless you've been living under a rock!) we're celebrating by having a contest!

Usually, we might give away the single from the album to our fans, but this time we're turning the usual on its head! We want to hear YOUR versions of the single from the new album: "We, the People"

For all the contest details you can watch this video:

Click below to Download "We the People" PDF!

How to enter:

  1. Download the Sheet Music Here
  2. Arrange the tune for any size ensemble (solo instrument, your regular band, a school ensemble, big band, symphony orchestra, brass band, your imagination is the limit!)
  3. Record a video of you and/or your group playing your arrangement of "We, the People" (anything from a simple cell phone video to hiring a video crew! Whatever works for you!
  4. Fill out the form below, or email a link to your video to nick@nickfinzermusic.com (Include your name, contact info, and ensemble info in your message)
  5. Contest will be judged by Nick and his band (featuring Lucas Pino, Glenn Zaleski, Alex Wintz, Jimmy Macbride, and Dave Baron) 
  6. Contest open through 12/15/2016 (At Midnight EST)

What you'll get for entering:

  1. All entrants and their ensembles will get a free digital download of the single version of "We, the People" on 1.1.17; the single's release day. 
  2. The winner will receive a gift box for their ensemble containing copies of the new album "Hear and Now" and some more goodies (who knows what cool new merch is coming...)!
  3. The winning arranger will get Tickets to a show of Nick's of your choice (for the arranger + 1) redeemable anytime. 
  4. Promotion on Nick's social accounts! All entrants will get a Tweet/FB post of your entry on Nicks pages. The winning ensemble will get a feature on Nick's channel as well as Outside in Music's. 

I can't wait to hear what you all come up with! 

- Nick

Entrance Form  

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Combo? Orchestra? Brass Band? Describe your group here.
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New Duet "Laura" with Jazz Guitarist Alex Wintz!

My first JJ Johnson record, "JJ! In Person” features JJ along with Nat Adderley in the front line. On here they play a number of great tunes, but one of the most amazing tracks is his version of the jazz standard “Laura.” Time and time again, I’ve had teachers and mentors mention this solo as a true piece of musical mastery. If you haven’t heard the original by JJ, you need to. It’s melodic, soulful, beautiful, and he kills some double time bebop language on this one. 

 

It’s become one of my favorite tunes to play, and has a really fun chord progression to play on. I like to play it around the tempo that JJ did, so as to be able to have the drummer play the feel that Tootie Heath plays around the second chorus of JJ’s solo - a slick double time feel. Although here, it’s a touch faster, as we’re just a duo!

 

Alex Wintz is crushing it on this video, make sure you check out all the cool things Alex has going on for himself here!

 

See you all next time - 

 

Nick 

Chris Ziemba plays "Escher's Loop" Live in Memphis

And now for something a little different! This week I wanted to feature my great friend and long time colleague Chris Ziemba. As well as being a fantastic pianist Chris is a thoughtful and imaginative composer! Here he is presenting a solo piano version of a tune he and I have played together many times in other settings, inspired by the work of artist MC Escher - "Escher's Loop"
 
We recorded this as part of our August 2016 digital release - "Live in Memphis" on Outside in Music (www.outsideinmusic.com) - from a live in studio concert at Young Avenue Sound in Memphis, Tennessee. 
 
We hope you enjoy! Please leave us your thoughts in the comments section, and share with your communities!
 
See you next time -
 

Nick