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Jazz Sax Lessons: Advanced Soloing: Donna Lee

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Now it's time for
the tune you've all been waiting for,
the great Charlie Parker
classic Donna Lee.
So the classic thing about
this head number one,
is that of course it was originally
a Charlie Parker improvisation.
And he took this basic idea and
turned it into one of the most
classic bebop melodies ever written.
So I'm gonna play it on alto of course.
Charlie Parker played it on alto,
good enough for
him [LAUGH] it's good enough for
you and me.
But I did write a tenor part, B flat part
for if you're playing tenor or soprano.
It's great to play classic
tunes in all different keys.
And so, we've got two keys for you.
And this track that I came up with, too.
So the track that you've got
encompasses two choruses and
so I want to take one chorus,
just to play the melody.
You've got the melody there on your PDF.
I encourage you to learn it and
I encourage you to learn it slowly.
Throughout this whole melody it's
mostly a stream of eighth notes.
So in my lesson on reverse tonguing, we'll
be talking about tonguing the upbeats.
That's again, is like the constant.
It's like the control we
used in science class.
Our basic experiment was the control
before we would add things to it.
So, think of your articulation as that.
Where every time you play a note,
the first time you hit a note,
you wanna articulate.
But if you're looking at a line,
thinking about just the first four notes,
you would tongue the first note and then
tongue the second, because it's an upbeat,
slur to the third, tongue the fourth,
slur to the next, and so forth.
Boo ba-doo ba-doo ba-doo ba-doo.
That's how you get those articulations.
Let me show you.
Badoo, badoo, badoo, badoo.
So you can find out about that
articulation on my reverse tonguing
lesson and then you can implement
it on here on Donna Lee.
So it all kinda fits together.
So here's the classic Donna Lee.