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Jazz Sax Lessons: “Minor Me Minor You”

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Now we're going to play this song called,
Minor Me Minor You.
We're actually gonna work on the melody,
And, as you can see on the charts that
are hopefully printed out on your end and
sitting in front of you.
I'm playing my alto on this one, so
I'm playing the B minor, alto and
baritone saxophones part.
And if you're playing tenor or
soprano, you got a corresponding
part in E minor for you.
So look at this chart.
There's a several things inflection wise
that we have covered in
the jazz inflections lessons.
If you look at the second bar right here,
that first note is going
to be scooped up to.
That's a little scoop sign right there.
As is here in bar four.
Also bar six and bar eight.
So you've got those also starting at
the end of bar eight we have fall offs.
We talked about those you've got any
questions about how to create a fall off,
go to my Jazz Inflections fall-off lesson.
It's right there for you.
This is a lip turn, right here.
And so, there's also a lesson
on how to create a lip turn, so
if you see that right there,
you know to play.
So any questions about playing a lip turn
and you've got it right
there in front of you.
This little guy, the tr is a trill.
So, whenever you see that,
unless otherwise indicated,
you're gonna always trill up
to the next diatonic note.
So we are in the key of D if you're
playing an E flat instrument, and
you're playing in the key of G if
you're playing a B flat instrument.
So on this chart the next note up diatonic
would be a G natural because that's
the next note in In D minor, okay?
So that would be like this.
The note that I'm trilling is not gonna
last very long.
You're still gonna get plenty
of time to do a little trill.
It won't last forever but that's.
What that means, you still want to cut
the note off at the end of the note.
You're not changing
that note value at all,
you're just affecting it by the trill.
We have our stacattos, we get to here and
we have some grace notes.
So, the secret to grace notes,
both the first note you can tell,
that first grace note at the second
to last part of the song.
Is a half step below the target note.
And so that's a grace note coming up.
Next, very next note has
a grace note half a step
above the target note
which we're going down to.
The secret to grace notes is that
they do not have metronomic value.
So, the note the target notes,
never change as far as where
you wanna land on them.
So, you wanna make sure that you
play this grace note, early enough,
well it's done super quickly.
I'm gonna play it for you in a minute, but
it can't, it can't make the,
this F sharp here on this chart.
And this downward grace note going to
beat two on my E on this E flat chart,
that can't be late either.
A grace note really is sort
of a note attack if you will.
So instead of going [SOUND] a little,
I guess that would be
an attack with a scoop.
So again, it's just like the attack
of a note isn't going to
allow the note that you're
targeting to be late.
Nor should a grace note,
either up like this one is, or
down like this next one is.
Okay, so you're gonna hear me play it and
it would be great if
you'd play along with me.
There's a few more pieces
of information on this one,
than you've seen on the other charts,
so, if you've got any questions,
obviously play it nice and
slow, without the metronome,
just get the notes, and the articulations,
and the inflections under your belt,
and then, if you're ready for
the tempo of the track,
then fire up that track that we have
very conveniently provided for you.
And if that's too fast for
whatever reason, you know,
just use the metronome or whatever.
But get into the tempo of
the song as soon as possible.
Okay, so, we're gonna fire up the track,
and feel free to play along with me.
Again, if you're playing tenor or
soprano, use the B flat chart.
Okay, here we go.
This is Minor Me, Minor You.
Okay, while we've got this tune Minor Me,
Minor You up, let's improvise
a little bit over it, shall we?
So, as you can see this one
on my E-flat chart that I'm
gonna read is in the key of B minor so
that means that it's
gonna be E minor if you're
playing tenor or soprano.
So you can use your Dorian
scales over this and
think about the arpeggios that
we have plenty of lessons on.
Also our blue scale's gonna work,
our minor pentatonic's gonna work.
It's a cool track.
It's a really cool track, and the fun
thing about it is that it's just one
chord, so we can kind of not
worry about chord changes and
just have some fun going over this.
So, here we go,
let's play over this track, shall we?
I'll play a little bit.
You know what would be fun to do
actually is I'll play four bars and
then you play four bars okay.
We'll trade fours.
All right off we go.
Your turn.
Your turn.
[MUSIC] You go. [MUSIC]
Okay, so
there's a tune.
We got some trading in there too.
Hope it was fun.
So yeah,
man if you've got any questions, or
again, like always, all the rest of these
I'd love to hear you play this, so since
we're not one on one right here, if you
can send in a video, that would be great.
I could check you out.
Also, I mean if you can,
whatever you want to do.
You can use a track and
play your own solo, you can send in our
little trades together, or whatever, but
I'd love to hear you play over this tune.
Okay, have fun with this.
We'll see you on the next one.