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Jazz Sax Lessons: Improvising 103: Guide Tone Line - Root, 3rd, 5th, 7th

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So now, here's where it gets interesting.
The next step is that I want you to
play the same rhythm one note per chord.
So, the only variation,
well like I did before, the very,
very end of the song you have
two chords in the last bar.
So you're gonna play one note for
each of those chords.
The game is that you have to play
a chord tone for each chord and
they all have to be only as long as
the as the chord, but it's your choice.
You can play a root,
you can play a third, fifth or a seventh.
So, with that option,
I want you to play, again,
what we call a guide tone line.
So that I want you to
practice it in several ways.
One where you're creating a line as close
as possible to the note preceding and
So that you see where all the common
tones are and there are a ton.
For instance, I'm reading my alto chart.
So my first two chords are D minor 7 and
G minor 7.
So there's a common tone.
The very first note of the melody as you
can see on that first chord D minor is my
F natural, which is the third of D minor.
Well F natural Is also the seventh
of the following chord.
So in one version of
your practice with this,
you'll play the same
note over both chords.
We call that a common tone.
And so as you play, Try to keep your
line again as close each note as
close to one another as possible so you're
creating this nice even linear line.
And then in another form of practicing you
can go all over the place if you want to.
You know, typical melodies from one note
to the next don't have giant interval
jumps, but, hey, it's jazz, it's
improvisation, so you're welcome to it.
But, for the purposes of this exercise
that we're going to do right now,
I'm gonna keep my line nice and
close from one note to the next and
in your practice, I want you to do
that and also feel free to vary that.
We've got more of these kinds
of things coming up, so
we're gonna be mixing it up also.
So for now I want to give you an example
of a nice close guide tone line.
So, again we're gonna be playing
a one note per chord, but
you have a choice now between playing
the root third, fifth or seventh.
And here's my example of that.