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  1. Tips and Techniques
    So I’m a decent college student and a solid rock, pop, funk soloist, but I want to get better at following chords like the great jazz players. I know to land on different notes per chord and that you can hop around different scales depending on the chord and so on and so forth, but when I get...
  2. SOTW Member Recordings & Reviews
    I'm playing a SBA tenor on this. It's a loosely planned out piece I created in dedication to the great Billie Holiday.
  3. SOTW Member Recordings & Reviews
    A tune for Eddie Harris "Ready Like Eddie" Here's a tune from my most recent cd "Shout-Out!'. I wrote this one as a dedication to the great Eddie Harris. I'm playing my 73xxx Selmer mark VI with an Otto Link Florida No USA 9* using a 3M Roberto's Winds reed. It's a nod to his tune "Listen Here"...
  4. Jazz and Improvisation
    This year my high school Jazz band has focused on improv a lot more, specifically a 12 bar blues in concert Bb. I know my blues scales and have ideas in my head as to what I want to play, but do not know how to apply it to improv. What scales or chords should I learn to improve my improvisation...
  5. Playing Songs
    I'm a big advocate of playing stuff in all keys. Here's a video of me playing the verse to Stardust in 7 different keys. I think it really helps me to understand the song. It also improves my improv by making me really internalize the essence of the song which makes me think more melodically so...
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  8. Jazz and Improvisation
    So I have been listening to the California Allstate Jazz bands and I came across this guy on alto from a while back. The song is called Michelangelo By Fred Sturm and the solo section is just the C# Phrygian (for Eb) on loop. This guy has some really interesting ideas and likes to play outside...
  9. Jazz and Improvisation
    A small bluegrass band invited me to jam with them. I was curious if any of y'all could help me. What key(s) are generally used in bluegrass music. And would i be best suited to do improv with pentatonic scales, blues, or something else? If it helps to know, they play with a guitar, banjo, and...
  10. Jazz and Improvisation
    so, as a big headed post high school jazz all star i can say my first year of college was... humbling. when i would go jam with friends i would sit there running up and down with no direction, uniqueness, and also in the wrong key. its different when the blues scales aren't sitting on your stand...
  11. Jazz and Improvisation
    I'm playing a wedding (solo) for my cousin in a few months. I was wondering if I could get a few tips on making Mendelssohn's Wedding March- particularly this arrangement (http://www.8notes.com/scores/9698.asp a little more jazzy. Or a lot. I'm newer at jazz and have little experience with...
  12. Playing Songs
    I have a constant struggle with playing over the changes to All the Things You Are. I love the tune, and I know the changes like the back of my hand... But, I don't have any great ideas to play over it. Am I alone on this? Can any of you help me? Are there any exercises that should help...
  13. Saxophone Solo and Ensembles
    I'm a tenor saxophone player and I'm pretty good when it comes to improvisation, but however when the chord changes come into play, not so much. I do believe it is because I haven't grown accustom to counting until the chord changes then switching while thinking up something to make the audience...
  14. General Discussion
    I'm a 9th Grader in my High School Jazz Band. My teacher recently gave us our new song, "The Michael Brecker Waltz" and he gave me the Tenor Sax solo part. I don't have any trouble with the written parts, just the improvisation part. I have previous experience improvising with (especially...
  15. The Band
    I hope this is not a stupid question, but I was wondering what are some ways that a novice sax player can find to start playing with other people? Open mic nights? I am starting to think about playing with other people but not certain about the right way to go about it.
  16. Jazz and Improvisation
    So was I the only one not aware that most (if not all) of Jamey's playalong backing tracks were available to play on Spotify? I have a gig in a few weeks and this will defiantly help me. I just wanted to share with everyone that preforms with just backing tracks like I do sometimes. So grab your...
  17. SOTW Member Recordings & Reviews
    Hi there, I made a multitrack recording on this one, it turned out quite fun to listen, but the multitracking with 3 saxophones did lead to some tuning, inequalities.. https://soundcloud.com/koen-bidlot/21st-of-september-earth-wind used a cannonball big bell alto, keilwerth toneking alto...
  18. Jazz and Improvisation
    Hurricane Entertainment Suggestion for my Hunkered Compadres: As Sandy does her *thing* around us, I’m happy to invite you to enjoy any of 17 in-depth master classes on youtube and Ustream, each class focuses on a major figure in contemporary music and analyzes the concepts and musical elements...
  19. Jazz and Improvisation
    hey guys, just wondering what are your favourite solos from the omnibook? i played through koko and anthropology today (slowly). planning on memorizing a few over the holidays and was just wondering if there were any people thought were particularly worthwhile (obviously they are all brilliant...
  20. Jazz and Improvisation
    Hey guys! I'm new member of this forum and i came here to get advise an insight from all you professionals and experienced players! I am currently 17 and been playing saxophone for over 5 years and training in Jazz for about 3 years. I'm having a difficult time in trying to be more expressive...
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