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Jazz Sax Lessons: Advanced Soloing: Blue Bossa

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Now we're gonna
play some music.
The first tune we're gonna play is
Blue Bossa, I've got my alto here,
as you can plainly see.
So I'm reading off of the E flat part.
Tenor players have your B flat part there,
if you're playing soprano as well.
So we've got this great track for you so
hopefully you've got that downloaded.
I'm just gonna play so
you can check out one example of
what I would do over this tune.
But since you have your chart and
you have your track, you can rock it.
You can play as much
as your heart desires.
So [COUGH] this is
a relatively easy progression.
So, just like we talked about in,
if you checked out
my Improvising 101, 102 and 103 lessons,
it's all about connecting the changes
from one to the next and creating.
You want to create interest,
interesting lines and varying the rhythm.
But you really want to
hold true to the changes.
And, make sure that you're
identifying those chord tones with
every chord as they go by.
But, hey, they're going by rather slowly,
actually, in this tune, so
you've got some room to
do different things.
So you want to from a theoretical
harmonics standpoint you wanna make sure
you're playing lines that
make sense over the changes.
And from a musical standpoint you
wanna do things that are creative and
different, break your ideas
up with pauses and spaces.
If you feel like you're playing over,
sometimes our solos,
if we're playing on one part of the horn,
we just favor the low end of the horn.
And you're having a hard time
coming up with new ideas,
start on a note that's simply higher and
see where that takes you, or vice versa,
or in the middle of the horn.
Just trying different ideas and taking
enough time between the phrases to come up
with some new possibilities is always
a great way to continue being creative.
Okay, so here's Blue Bossa.