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Jazz Sax Lessons: Advanced Soloing: Recorda Me

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Okay, so
now we're gonna play the tune Recorda Me,
the great Joe Henderson composition.
I'm gonna it on alto, so
I'm looking at my alto part.
As you should if you're playing your alto,
the B-flat part there along with
the play along track for you.
So this track's pretty quick
in terms of the tempo.
We've got four choruses to work with.
Feel free to loop them, or
whatever you want to do,
but it's a fair amount to work on.
This is one of those tunes
where the groove is involved.
It's great, it's really fun to play over.
But it's not like a funky track that's
hitting you over the head and saying one,
two, three, four!
So you have to kind of dig in and
feel it, so
here's a great reason why we get
into our metronome practice so much.
When we're playing with the metronome,
the whole training
process with that,
not only to improve our technique, but
we're splitting our attention between what
we're doing and what we're playing with.
So when you're doing this track,
when you're playing along with the groove,
with a groove like this where
the groove is a little bit subtle,
I guess is a good way to say it,
where you're diving in, and
you're paying attention
to what you're playing.
But also, maybe a little extra
attention has to go into the rhythm.
But also when you're playing polyrhythmic
stuff, in a 5/4 tune, or a 3/4 tune or
a 7/8 tune or a 7/4 tune,
not uncommon at all.
It just requires a little
bit more attention
on the time where one is, for instance.
And so this is a good example of
something to work on where again,
the groove isn't quite as obvious,
harmonically, very straightforward.
You have that altered chord
at the very end of the chart.
I'm looking on my E-flat chart, so
I'm looking at a C-sharp
dominant chord with a sharp nine.
So sharp nine is the same as a flat third.
And yeah, one way to alter,
I talked about,
just as a harmonic idea, I talked about
when you play altered seven chords
with a flat third, you use, ready?
You use the melodic minor scale a half
a step above the root of the chord.
So, I'm looking on my alto chart
at this C-sharp altered chord.
So if this was a C-sharp, I'd say sharp
9 flat 13, that has a chord scale,
I could look at that melodic minor scale
a half a step above the root of the chord,
so it'd be a D melodic minor.
It's a half step above C-sharp.
In this case, it doesn't indicate
that it's a flat 13, so therefore,
it's a natural 13, and that scale
would be just a C-sharp diminished,
a half step, whole step scale.
And that scale has that natural 13 or
in this case, the A-sharp.
So there you go,
a little harmonic idea for you.
Okay, so here we go.
I'm gonna play this again, this will last
for four choruses, I'm gonna go ahead, and
play it as an example for you.
And then you play it.
Be awesome if ever record it,
and send me your video, so
I can check you out, and
I'll send you back my response.
All righty, here it comes, Recorda Me.