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Learning to improvise over chord changes part 2

Learning to improvise over chord changes part 2. If you have digested the exercises in the previous post you know the cycle of fourths and all the major triads. Now it’s time to turn those exercises in to musical phrases. I’ll give you some hints and tips on how to do that. 1)   Think of…

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Learning to improvise over chord changes part

Learning to improvise over chord changes part 1. Mastering The Circle of Fourths. Take a look at the chord progressions of most tunes you find in the Real Book. (for example Autumn Leaves, All the things you are, Cherokee, Have You Met Miss Jones and countless others) About 80 % of the root movements are…

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Saxophone Improvisation tips

Draw from the melody. I was listening to 2 albums yesterday, the first one being “A Night At The Village Vanguard (live)” by Sonny Rollins and the other one was simply called “Standards” by Steve Grossman.  The similarities in style were striking. What really stood out was that both players referred to the melody time…

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How to learn the saxophone by yourself

Record your next practice session. Use whatever device you have. It’s meant for your ears only, it doesn’t need to sound like a professional recording. You can use a camera, your computer with Garageband, Cubase or other recording software, or even your phone to make the recording.  Do a quick test run to check if…

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Improve Timing on the Saxophone

Counting using a metronome Let’s start off with a (deceptively) simple exercise. Pick an easy major scale like F major or G major. Get the metronome and set it to click at a slow tempo, somewhere between 60 and 80. Now play the scale slurred (legato, no tongue), in quarter notes. Every new note should…

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New saxophone or second hand?

New saxophone or second hand?

Pros and Cons of buying a new saxophone or a second hand one A big question which is often asked is “should I buy a brand new saxophone or a second hand saxophone? Well there are many factors to consider when deciding on this question…. Pros of buying a new saxophone You can be assured…

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How much does a saxophone teacher charge?

How much does a saxophone teacher charge?

Average price to pay for a saxophone lesson? Saxophone Lessons in general are quite expensive. I find there are two different types of teachers who offer their services to students. 1. New teachers who charge lower prices but are inexperienced 2. Experienced teachers who charge a lot of money for each lesson. For example the…

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How to Improve the Sound of your Saxophone

Stop thinking, start listening –  How to Improve the Sound of your Saxophone When you’re a beginner or an intermediate sax student there is always a lot of things you need to keep track of while playing.  Do I have the correct posture? Am I not biting on the reed? No puffed cheeks? Breathing from…

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Practicing Saxophone Efficiently. How to play saxophone

Practicing Saxophone Efficiently

How to play saxophone-Practicing Saxophone Efficiently So you have this new piece of music that you’re working on. You have been practicing and it’s going fairly well. But there are a couple of places where you keep making mistakes and mess up the music. Starting over and hoping that you’ll get it right this time…

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