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Jazz Sax Lessons: Play Your Scales with Me in All Keys: Major

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Okay, it's time to play
your scales with me, in every key.
In this case,
we're gonna start with the major scales.
Man, what can I tell you?
Scales are the language of music.
So when you're playing.
Whenever you're practicing you know?
I always like to say that if you've
watched a few of these lessons,
I say that how we practice is more
important than what we practice.
There are two exceptions
to that statement.
I want to make sure I add that disclaimer.
One are long tones, can't avoid those.
And the second are scales.
Scales are the language of music.
That's what everything is based on.
If somebody says we're gonna
play a tune in B flat,
if you don't know your B flat scale,
whatever key it's in.
Whatever type of scale, major, minor,
whatever, if you don't know what those
scales are, you're dead in the water.
So you gotta know your major, your scales,
all your scales inside and out.
It's it's impossible to learn a language
properly if you don't know the alphabet.
At least, if you're gonna write it.
So, what I've done for
you is, as you can see,
created a long list of scales,
and I'm gonna play them.
And you're gonna play them along with me.
That wound be a very good thing.
So, as you can see by your PDF there.
The first one here on this
lesson is a major scale
which I'm taking a look at right now.
So, I've written them in
the cycle of fourths.
So that, it starts in the key of C,
and then you gradually had one flat,
so you're going from the key of C,
which has no accidentals, no sharps or
flats to the key of F, which has one flat.
The key of B flat, two flats,
the key of E flat, three flats and so
forth until you make your way around and
you come all the way back to C again.
So for
this if you're playing E flat instrument,
you're gonna start at the top
of each of these scales on C.
If you're playing on your own,
obviously, you're gonna be playing,
you're gonna be practicing on your own
you can start wherever you want to.
I encourage you to play every key,
every key.
Don't just favor the easy
ones they're all easy.
The only thing that makes a scale harder
than another one is just because
you're not used to playing.
But, remember when you're looking
at all those sharp signs or
all those flats it's only 12 combinations.
It's only 12 different keys.
How hard can it be I ask you?
So really focus in on the keys that
you're less familiar with, play them all,
but make sure you really hit the ones
that you're not as familiar with.
Perhaps extra hard, so that they become,
they all become easy for you.
And let's see, so, and
each one we're gonna do twice.
When you practice on your own,
obviously you can practice them,
each scale for an hour.
It wouldn't be a bad idea.
But for the exercise that I prescribe,
do each one twice, and so we're
going to play along with the metronome
as we always do within the exercise.
I've got my metronome setup here on
my iPhone right here on my stand.
So if you're playing an E flat instrument,
alto or baritone, you're going
to start at the top and if you're playing
tenor, or a soprano B-flat instrument.
Just start on the second one down, F,
and then just play along with me and
we'll be able to play in unison.
And then when you get to the end, us alto
players will still have one more to go,
so just cycle back up to the top and
play C as the last one.
Okay, all righty.
So here's your tempo.
[NOISE] I'm sure you can hear that okay.
And away we go.
I wanna play in different articulations,
I'll sort of prescribe them.
For now, I just wanna play everything
legato, and we'll do those for a while and
I'll stop you so just listen up.
Play each scale twice in the repeats there
and then play that last
whole note at the end.
Okay, here we go.
These are our major scales.
[NOISE] Ready and one.
One two go.
All right, very good.
Let's see, let's change
up our articulation, okay?
So, we stopped at C sharp if
you're playing with me on alto.
And baritone.
And we stopped on your F sharp if
you're playing tenor or soprano.
So, let's play two long two short notes.
Bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum.
Here we go.
C sharp for us.
F sharp for tenors, sopranos.
let me
Great, so we're gonna pick it up,
E for altos, and A for
A major for tenor and soprano players.
Great, so just make sure,
just like we did if you were
watching the warm up exercises that.
That you're keeping your hands nice and
that whenever you're moving around
from one extreme part of the horn,
whether it's the palm keys
over here on the left hand, or
the table keys over here with your left
pinkie, or these vertical keys on your
right hand, making sure that you're
playing them in such a way that you're not
having to reach terribly far,
reach back or forward, having to go
a long distance to get from any one
key to another key or hand position.
Okay, cool.
Okay, let's pick it up right there.
I'm gonna be playing,
picking it up in E and tenor and
soprano players are picking it
up at A major and [COUGH] let's
reverse that articulation so we're going
to play two staccato and two long.
Dat dat dah, dat dat dah.
Here we go.
[SOUND] One, two, one two go.
all right.
How was that?
You enjoyed that?
Good, so I encourage you in
your practice routines to play
all of these different scales.
You can mix and match,
and do different things.
But man,
they're all things that we need to learn.
So you want to make sure
that you hit them all.
Also, just a side note.
Making sure that if you're gonna
use an alternate fingering,
especially the B-flat, that if you're,
if you have the option of, well what I was
gonna say is make sure you don't slide.
You have the option of using
either B flat fingering,
either bisque key and
the B key here, putting your
finger right between the bisque key
which is this little one right here.
And the B key down like that or
side B flat, one two and
the side B flat key down here.
You have the option of using
both only when you don't have to
slide from the bisque to the regular B,
B natural.
And that would happen if you
are playing something chromatic from
B flat to B natural or
B natural to B flat.
Yeah, all right, well, so, fire it up,
we're gonna get on to our next scale,
so have fun with your major scales and
see you on the next one.