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Sax on the Web (SOTW) is a comprehensive saxophone site founded by Harri Rautiainen.
Created: April 29, 2012
Update: June 20, 2012


In Sax on the Web Jazz saxophone Series:

Modern Pentatonic Connections

Personal concepts for the saxophonist

by Tim Price

Tim Price

In this advanced pentatonic scale, I'm giving you some very modern pentatonic ideas that are past the normal pentatonic sounds.

This is a pentatonic scale based on- Root / #4, 5, natural 7 and root. If you take the time to try it against the given chord types 7 , C-Δ7 , CΔ7(b5) , D7sus4 , EbΔ7(+5) , EbΔ7(b5) , E7 , F7 , F#-7(b5) , A-7 , A7sus4 , Bb7 , B7 for the key of C you are going to have endless things to play.

Then, study it the way I used it starting on the different chord tones. This is the most you might learn within one lesson and it is a lot of work that will bring personal results and get you closer to some ideas and shapes you can hear of your own. Remember go slow. Play it against a band in the box chord, or some play along tracks. Then isolate a few of the progressions you already know and apply it. Remember this is not licks,its a technical approach that needs practicing and application first. To hear is to see ok?

In my private teaching, I have over 15 of these scales, including the basic pentatonic 1-2-3-5-6. It's a mind opener and a ear opener for personal expression.

Enjoy,
~Tim Price

Modern-Pentatonic
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Tim Price is a Selmer Clinician, professional musician, jazz journalist and author. He teaches in New York City and Pennsylvania.
He holds a degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston (1973 graduate). While at Berklee, he studied with Charlie Mariano, as well as with Andy McGhee, Joe Viola, and Nick Ciazza. After Berklee he studied saxophone and improvisation with Sal Nistico, Fred Lipsius, Jimmy Lyons, Ray Pizzi, Sonny Stitt, and Ronnie Cuber; flute with Harold Jones; clarinet with Kal Opperman and bassoon with Karen Borca.
Tim resides in Reading, Pennsylvania with his wife, Marcia. He can be contacted for clinics, master classes, private teaching, gigs, and concerts by e-mail. Visit Tim's web site.
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