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Blues, R&B, Rock n' Roll Saxophone

Neil Sharpe
Neil Sharpe
Contributing Editor

John Lull
John Lull
Contributing Author

Pete Thomas
Contributing Author

Johnny Ferreira
Contributing Author

John Laughter
John Laughter
Contributing Author

Teaching Resource - Index

o An Introduction To A Revolution, Part 1 By Neil Sharpe and John Lull
A revolution triggered by a saxophone solo!
It had never happened before. It may never happen again.
But in 1942…
o An Introduction To A Revolution, Part 2 By Neil Sharpe and John Lull
Things broke wide open in the 1950’s, as sax driven rock n’ roll and rhythm and blues hits swept the charts, not only acting as a sound board for teenage problems and experiences, but also helping to trigger social change.
o Basic Rock & Roll Theory By Pete Thomas
Rock & Roll? Music theory? You might feel there is no room for music theory in rock & roll saxophone playing, but there is.
o The Thousand-note Scale By Joey "The Saint" St. John-Ryan
“Man, that cat may know what notes to play, but he has no idea why he’s playin’ ‘em.”
o Pentatonic and Blues Scales by John Lull
Pentatonic and blues scales are used extensively in blues, R&B, rock & roll, funk, and some, but not all, jazz.
o Blues and the Dominant Chord by John Lull
The dominant chord is very important in all styles of music, but it is especially important in the blues. Consider the most basic 12-bar blues progression: .....
o Basic Blues Chord Progressions by John Lull
.... several variations on the basic progression are commonly used, even in the standard blues genre. It’s important to be familiar with some of the more common blues progressions, which will be listed below.
o The Rules and How to Break Them by Pete Thomas (with soundclips)
When I was involved in the teaching of rock music, one of my main problems was using the word “rules” to apply to a style of music that has come to be accepted as the epitome of youth rebellion. I toyed with euphemisms such as “conventions,” but finally gave in and spouted the old cliché, “you can’t break the rules until you know them.” This seemed a fair compromise, especially when I found that really what the students wanted was rules – it certainly made life easier.
o STYLES: The Billboard Top 40 hits of the 1950s/60s by John Laughter

o Fingernails, chalkboards, and the flat five by Joey "The Saint"

o Saxophone Recording Techniques by Johnny Ferreira

o Classic Solos- Transcripts by Curtis Swift and Pete Thomas

o Rock n' Roll Saxophonist Picture Gallery by Paul Harris

o new Jon R. Smith: Part 1: White Trash, Michael Brecker, Philip Glass - By Neil Sharpe
          Part 2: Albert Collins, Peter Maffay, Toto, and The Business of Music - By Neil Sharpe

o Sound Effects for Saxophone - Part 1, The Flutter Tongue by John Laughter

o Sound Effects for Saxophone - Part 2, The Growl by John Laughter

o Sound Effects for Saxophone - Part 3, Subtone & Alternate Fingering by John Laughter

o The Right Notes At The Right Time by Andrew Campbell

o Recommended Resources Compiled by Neil Sharpe

o SOTW Forum: Rock & Roll Saxophone Discussion
Created: October 1, 2006.
Update: June 26, 2015
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