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  1. Teaching
    Dear friends, For years I've been hearing that "minor seventh chords are used in jazz more than minor chords." To that I say, "Well, doesn't that depend on the chord being improvised on?" In other words, if the chord does not call for a flat seventh, why should I put one in? On the other...
  2. Practicing
    Firstly I have to tell you,I can not read music sheets.so today I was Practicing all twelve major scales on my saxophone.still I am practicing two octave for each scale(ascending and descending).but each scale I am reading as C scale in my mind.I mean,when I playing D scale using different...
  3. Teaching
    Hey everyone! Here's episode 4 of my series called "How to NOT SUCK at Teaching Music!" In this episode I talk about a big mistake some educators make when teaching improvisation, and that is the fact that CHORDS ≠ SCALES!! Let me know what you think!
  4. Jazz and Improvisation
    Hi guys, just wanted to share the new app bundle with four of the best tools to practice jazz improv: Tonal Harmony • Ear Training • Scales, Modes & Melodic Patterns • Sight-Reading I hope you find it useful. https://mdecks.com Thanks.
  5. Practicing
    Greetings forum, I am a junior in high school and I am a lover of all things Saxophone. I regularly read the forums and I own not only Larry Teal's book on Saxophone, I also own the Orchestral Saxophonist- so yeah, I'm kind of nerdy about it. For some reason, I have this personal ambition to...
  6. Practicing
    Hello dear more experienced player, I am looking for tips to practice blues scales. Do you have routines that utilize the blues scales but add some additional elements to break the looming monotony when going through the keys? If so, what are they? Thank you LouCo
  7. Tips and Techniques
    Hi, this is my first post on here so forgive me if it's in the wrong category. I began tenor sax 3 years ago with 5 years of clarinet experience before-hand. I'm now in my tenth year at school and am under the pressure to learn my scales and i know how important they are. When starting off on...
  8. Practicing
    I am a late bloomer, who has attempted to learn to play saxophone a number of times over the last 20 years and became frustrated that, although I can read music, I struggled to sight read. Each time I read music, it was almost like starting anew and I was getting nowhere fast. (I've since found...
  9. Practicing
    Hello everyone, I have a new blog post up at http://www.jondelucia.com/vandoren-speed-bach/. This time I'm talking a bit about my new book idea, including a sample page I would love to get your feedback on. I'm extracting diatonic sequences from Bach works and writing them out in different...
  10. General Discussion
    Hello all, I have a question about how you practice scales to promote your understanding of relationships between each note you play and the scale, and which notes are #s and bs. Recently I've been playing through major and dorian scales in all keys, in a simple quarter note root, eight notes...
  11. Jazz and Improvisation
    What are some interesting bebop-flavored scales to play over specific parts of a blues, Blue Monk in particular? I'm pretty new to improvising over chord changes so I've been playing the obvious things: blues scales, bebop dominant and bebop major in the appropriate bars, and diminished scale...
  12. Jazz and Improvisation
    While I've always believed that one should play what one hears, expressing the feeling from the music, many players prefer to approach Jazz improvisation in a more academic way, knowing which scales work with which chords. Here is a helpful chart: Soloing Scales for Chords in Jazz...
  13. Sheet Music & Transcriptions
    Hi, I was given these 10 'Jewish' scales: They were written out by a prominent composer as the foundations for a book of Jewish jazz tunes. Now obviously I can simply read them but I'm unclear as to what some of the peripheral information means exactly. For example above the top two scales...
  14. Practicing
    I'm going into my sophomore year of high school and I have an audition for a band camp on Saturday. With all my time I've had to give up for marching band, I've rarely had time to prepare this, which is completely unlike myself. Basically, I'm just gonna have to wing it. I know my scales so that...
  15. Practicing
    When someone writes (i.e. auditions) that you need to play a minor scale, are they referring to the melodic or the harmonic minor?
  16. Jazz and Improvisation
    Hey everyone, I heard about the bebop scales the other day. I was wondering how to use them while improvising in jazz.
  17. Teaching
    Tonight I'll be performing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien with singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Trumpeter Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band) and I will be backing up Amos on a new song. As I shared with members of my video lesson website, learning this tune--and coming up with the horn...
  18. Jazz and Improvisation
    I've been improvising for a while now...about three years...and every time I just use a scale that covers the whole chord progression such as a blues scale...that's how I learned when I first learned. Now I want to start getting into changing with the chords and actually pulling some fantastic...
  19. Jazz and Improvisation
    What seven note scale do you play on a G7b5?
  20. Altissimo and Multiphonics
    Once you have gotten the hang of playing altissimo notes consistently, the next test is that of being able to play the notes musically in the context of a piece. In order to improve the quality of my technique throughout the range of the instrument, I would like to extend all of my scales up...
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