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Jazz Sax Lessons: Basic Improvisation: Using Pentatonics & Minor

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Okay, so here's a basic approach to what
I want you to do with
your minor pentatonic and
blue scales over this
track that I provided for
you, this funky track loop.
The idea, again, is to keep your
improvisations very simple.
And all the notes you're going to play are
gonna be notes from the pentatonic scale
and or the blues scale,
they're interchangeable because again,
there's only that one note difference.
They're identical scales except for
that one half step between the fourth
degree and the fifth degree.
But as you're playing,
be thinking of two things.
Be thinking of making melodies.
Be thinking, three things.
Be thinking of making melodies.
Be thinking of the scale
that you're using.
And be thinking of
the arpeggio of that chord.
So for E flat people, we're playing
over this E dominate chord and
for the B flat people,
you're playing over the A dominate chord.
Side note, I know it's a dominant chord,
but on a dominant chord that has
the natural 3rd, so in the case of us
E flat people, that's that G sharp.
In the case of you B flat people,
that's a C sharp.
And I know that the scale
has a flat third,
but know that on dominant chords,
the flat third is an available tension.
It's actually considered a sharp nine,
we'll get to that later.
But just know that it's a legal note that
flat third in your pentatonic and
blue scale okay?
All right, so here we go,
here is our basic version of
improvising over our funky track loop.