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Solo SaxArrangementon: “HappyBirthday!”

by Tim Price

This lesson is more of a solojazz saxophone tour de force on "Happy Birthday".

A few yearsago I was inspired to send Phil Woods something unusual for his birthday, whichhappens to be a day after mine... (We are both Scorpios!). Hence this version of"Happy Birthday". Phil is a great friend to me and one of my inspirations musically.

Look at this from a fun standpoint. Let the music go where it'ssupposed to go and feel free to alter tempo and dynamics at will. Playing solo is a study unto itself. If you look close in here there's all kindsof tempo changes, bebop approaches, and expressions. This solo piece reflects many moods as well.

Try at some point to approachsome simple songs that you like to play in this fashion. Let your ear be yourguide. Also—this will help your cadenza playing and imagination in that bag.Feel free after you get my version together to add some things of your own thatyou hear.

In the meantime, next time youhave your horn with you and it's somebody's birthday, memorize this and wailaway. Have fun!

~Tim Price

The chart for this lesson as an Adobe Acrobat .PDF document

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