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Jazz Sax Lessons: “There is No Greater Love”

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Here's our first jazz standard
in this collection of songs that
will be fun for you to play.
It's called There is no Greater Love.
You know,
typically when you're playing this song,
it's going to be in
a swing sort of a feel.
For our purposes right now, I want you
to just read the chart down, and so
we're just going to play them,
we're gonna play the notes on the paper,
always making music.
We're not gonna add any kind of feel,
but you're always thinking about
All the ideas of filling up your horn,
getting a good sound.
Never let the details of what you're
thinking about interrupt the end
result that we're trying to achieve, which
is to sound good and to make good music.
On my E flat chart here I wrote it
in the key of G, the standard key,
so for us E flat folks playing alto or
baritone you're playing one sharp
and If you're reading off the B flat
chart, if you're playing tenor or
soprano you have no sharps or flats to
deal with because you're in the key of C.
Also, our pickup bar is three beats long,
so I'm gonna count you in with five beats.
You'll always know that
there's a pickup bar.
You know that's C there in
the time signature place.
That C always indicates that
you are in four, four time.
And the fact that there's only three
beats in that first bar is a great
indication that something's up and
that you are playing pickup notes there.
And the first full bar is always
indicated prior to it with a double bar
leading into it.
And you see my fine sign down
here at the end of the chart,
indicating that we are done at that point.
Fine means the end in Italiano and
we have our accidentals to be
aware of inside the charts so
you know that in the second
full measure of my chart here.
You see that D flat, so that flat
sign indicates that you're not playing
a D anymore, you're playing a D flat.
That's rather obvious.
And at the end of our fourth bar
here you will see the natural sign.
That might be one of our
first natural signs actually.
That just means we would have played
an F sharp because of the key signature.
Sure enough the note prior to it is
an F and that is being played F sharp.
If you're reading off your tenor
part that's going to be a B natural.
Then where this actual
natural sign is on Beat 4,
it's going to be a flat on that chart.
So that's also an indicator.
But on this chart,
we're seeing a natural means that again,
negates the key signature at that point.
And we have a few accidentals
here that you can see,
we got sharps down here, measure 17,
B sharp, which means you're
going to be seeing a G sharp in your
B flat parts, same thing in bar 19.
Other than that, it is straightforward.
Very cool song to have in your repertoire.
So, here is There is no greater love.