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Jazz Sax Lessons: Improvising 103: Diatonic Quater Note Line

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Now, the next step is
to play a quarter note line
throughout the whole song.
So we're taking out the rhythmic options.
You know that the game is you
have to play all quarter notes.
The rule is that the first quarter note
of each new cord has to be a cord tone.
A root, 3rd, 5th or 7th.
So the first quarter note for me,
reading my E flat chart, it's D minor,
so my 1st note has to be a D,
an F natural, an A or a C natural.
But the other three notes,
the other three quarter notes in that bar,
they can be a chord tone or
they can be a scale tone.
So now, we're finally breaking away
from just playing arpeggio notes and
now we can use diatonic notes,
notes from the scale.
So in order to do this you
have to make sure you know all
of your chord scales that
are involved in this song.
So they are definitely
here in my school so
you can find all of these chords and
all of these keys and
all the scales that go along with
the chords right here in my school.
How cool is that?
[LAUGH] So, yeah,
is there any other explanation needed?
I think not.
So, again, so as you play, for instance,
I could play in that first bar.
Again, I'm looking at my E flat chart,
my D minor chord.
My first note is either gonna
be a root 3rd, 5th, or 7th,
but then I can play anything else.
If I start, say, on an F, I can go F,
E, D, C, and then my next logical
note might be down to a B flat of that
second chord, that G minor seven chord.
I can go up to a D.
I can do anything I want to do.
Any interval that I or you want to do.
But the rule, again,
is that the first note of each
new chord has to be a chord tone.
And all the rest of the notes during
that bar, or doing that chord,
can be scale tones.
Not chromatic, only scale tones.
So, let's go for it.
I'm gonna give you an example right now.