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Jazz Sax Lessons: Eric's Secret Warm Up: Chromatic Exercise (Alto Saxophone)

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Okay, this is my second of my
three top-secret warmup exercises.
So hey, don't tell anybody about these
exercise because they're top secret.
They're not actually top secret.
In fact, I'm sure,
obviously I didn't invent long tones.
And obviously I didn't invent scales.
And obviously I did not invent
the chromatic scale either.
So top secret is just
a way to draw you in.
Hopefully it worked.
So here is number two.
This is my chromatic exercise warmup and
basically all it is is a chromatic scale.
There's one catch to it however.
Instead of a just a usual chromatic scale,
which would sound like this.
And then down.
In the exercise, every other
note returns back to the tonic,
returns back to the first note.
So, I've taken the liberty
of writing this out for
you, so you are welcome to
play them along with me.
What I'd like you to do actually,
is play each one two times to
repeat the whole exercise.
It's up to you.
I didn't put that in the chart
intentionally because That's a lot,
to be fair.
It's a lot to repeat each one twice.
I do, I encourage you to.
But it would be beneficial
to play each one one time.
Totally cool, it's a lot right there.
So, as we play these together however,
we are gonna repeat each line twice.
We're gonna repeat them one time so
you'll play them two times.
As with everything else, I want you
to play these with your metronome.
The trick on these is that
if you play them too fast,
they're going to be too difficult and
if you play them too slow,
it's going to be too long to
play in one breath, one phrase.
So I've got my metronome at
what I feel is a happy medium.
I've got it set at 60 BPM, so pretty slow.
So make sure you take a good breath
of air, and make sure you tank up.
And warning,
the first several are really hard.
[LAUGH] How else can I put it?
Make sure that before you
fire up the metronome,
may be a good idea to play these
low B flat, the low B version,
the low C version and
the low D flat version at your own pace
just to figure it out because it
is a serious left pinky killer.
It's all down here and
you're gonna feel it.
If you don't feel it down there
then you're a better human than I.
So be aware of that.
You’re gonna feel that in your left hand.
So here we go.
Let’s play them with a metronome,
keep them as even as possible.
I also encourage you to on your own
together we're gonna play them like I
normally do which is just legato,
get the notes out.
But to change up the articulations
on these, so as you get,
especially to some of the higher ones,
mix up your articulation.
Play some notes short, some notes long.
Maybe one note short, three notes long.
Two notes short, two notes long,
three notes long, one note long.
Whatever you want to do to mix it up and
just expand the advantage
of the exercises.
So here we go with a chromatic,
my secret warm up exercise,
a chromatic exercise.
Here we go.
Man, if you were able to make it through
all those chromatic exercises at that
tempo, kudos to you.
That was a lot of work and
I think you're very warmed up.
Not 100% warmed up, believe it or not.
You may think you are, but
there's one more exercise coming up.
That'll tip the scales.
You'll be completely warmed up.
Completely ready to go.
So stay tuned for top secret
warm up exercise number three.