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Jazz Sax Lessons: Improvisation: Basic Blues (Alto Saxophone)

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[MUSIC]
Here now is a chance for
you to play a blues and improvise over it.
Now, this is sort of our basic,
our beginner blues, if you will.
So if you're a beginner and
you got the blues because you are kind
of at your basic level of playing.
This is your chance to
express that feeling.
[LAUGH] So what I want to go over
with you is one simple fact,
that is over most blues songs,
blues progress,
chord progressions,
there's one go-to scale that you can use
over the entire progression,
no matter what the chords are.
Those words taste a little
bitter in my mouth,
here I am teaching this entire
curriculum and talking about In depth,
as you go into the intermediate and
advanced sections.
How important getting in to each chord is,
and the studies, the arpeggios,
even obviously much deeper than what
we've gone into thus far and scales.
And all that, but if you play
the right scale over the blues,
it all sounds good, in some magical way.
And guess what?
The name of the scale is,
you guess it, the blues scale.
So, attached to this lesson,
I've written out the blues scale for
you and you've got it there.
So, in this key, we're gonna be playing,
if you're playing alto or
baritone, get out the E flat baritone.
Alto part, in our key of G.
And so if you're playing tenor or
soprano, it's the key of C.
You're gonna also see these
in there's a whole lesson
dedicated to blues scales later
in my intermediate curriculum.
So you can check that out too if
somehow you misplaced it but hey,
we put this sheet here with
this scale on it right here so
it makes it as easy as possible for you.
Good, so I'm gonna fire up this track.
Now this track blues form is 12 bars
long in most cases, not always,
but most cases, this case as well.
And that forms repeats four times.
We get way into that in a later lesson.
But just know that that
section repeats four times.
And have fun.
As I'm giving you this example
I'm gonna stick just purely to
the notes of that blues scale.
So for my alto it's my G blues scale.
If you're playing tenor or soprano,
you're playing your C blues scale.
I'm gonna try to avoid two too
much inflection, but scoops or
vibrato or bends, but hey,
we're making music, it's gonna happen.
But know also that anything
I'm doing with regards to
any of those inflections are all also
covered in the curriculum as well, so
you can find out exactly how to do that.
We don't leave a single
stone unturned right here.
Before we dive in, I just wanna make sure
you what the blues scale sounds like, and
you can hear it here.
We're gonna get way into this, so
I just want you to get an ear full of what
this scale sounds like, but here's,
on my alto, my G Blues scale.
[MUSIC]
So, those are the notes
we're gonna be using.
It's one of those magic scales
where every note sounds good over
the chord that you're using it over.
So, here we go.
I'm gonna use just notes from that scale.
And then when you're working on it,
with your track that you have here,
you can use those notes.
Just read them right off the paper and
create some cool melodies and as,
as you're working with it I'd love,
especially at this stage,
it's really important to make sure you're
not falling into any weird habits, or
whatever, to shoot me a video if
you can of you playing this and
I'll shoot you a video right
back with my response.
Okay, here we go with our basic blues.
[MUSIC]