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Here's Lester Young's solo on Lady Be Good.
Listen to Lester play it and try to sing along.
If you do this many times, you'll begin to hear
the solo and be able to sing it acapella and
well in tune. After that begin learning the solo
be memory on your horn. This is one of the best
ways to learn how to play.

Lester Young Solo

Lester Young Solo PDF

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This lesson covers 3 diatonic sequences in concert
Db Major. Eb major for tenor, Bb major for alto.
Each melody is taken through the
7 modes. The PDF includes the exercises in Eb
Bb and Concert keys. There is a recorded play
along at the end of the lesson for improvisation
which includes all the 7 diatonic chords in concert
Db major.

Db Major Concert

Db Major PDF

Eb Major for Tenor PDF

Bb Major for Alto PDF

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 This lesson examines an improvised solo
 transcription of Matt Otto on the song
 “Class Struggle” on the album Red. It
includes a PDF with a transcription by
Curtis Swift (saxsolos.com) in Concert,
 Bb, and Eb keys as well as the solo
to play along with at both half tempo
 and original tempo. Intermediate
and Advanced Musicians.

Transcription Part 1

Transcription Part 1 PDF

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 This lesson covers the use of long tones in
 developing tone. Long tones can also be
used to help condition a relaxation response
to playing the horn and hearing music. This
 lesson focuses on listening, breathing, and
 relaxing while working with long tones.
Beginning through Advanced Musicians.

Long Tones Lesson 1

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This lesson covers 4 diatonic sequences in

Gb Major. Each melody is taken through the

7 modes. The PDF includes the exercises in Eb

Bb and Concert keys.  There is a recorded play

along at the end of the lesson for improvisation

which includes all the 7 diatonic chords in concert

Gb major.

Concert Gb Major Part 1

Concert Gb Major part 1 PDF

Diatonic Harm alto sax Eb

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This lesson covers diatonic chords within
the key of Concert Bb major.  The different examples
use  each triad in every inversion.
The lesson also has a play along that
uses all the diatonic chords in Concert Bb major.

Diatonic Harmony Lesson 1

Diatonic Harm. tenor/trumpet Bb PDF

Diatonic Harm Concert PDF

Diatonic Harm alto sax Eb

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The purpose of this lesson is to help familiarize yourself with The whole tone scale, the augmented triads found within, and the use of chromatic passing tones to link together the different augmented triads. After working with the exercises, you can apply these basic ideas while improvising over a dominant 7th(#5)play along progression.

Augmented Triads Lesson 1

AugmentedTriads PDF for Bb instruments

Augmented Triads PDF for C instruments

Augmented Triads PDF for Eb instruments

Here are 12 pedals, one for each key.
Use these for the "Pedal Lessons"
that are posted or just to practice
improvising and singing over.

A Pedal

Ab Pedal

G Pedal

Gb Pedal

F Pedal

E Pedal

Eb Pedal

D Pedal

Db Pedal

C Pedal

B Pedal

Bb Pedal

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This lesson covers 3 diatonic sequences in concert

B Major.Db major for tenor, Ab major for alto.

Each melody is taken through the

7 modes. The PDF includes the exercises in Eb

Bb and Concert keys.  There is a recorded play

along at the end of the lesson for improvisation

which includes all the 7 diatonic chords in concert

B major.

Concert B Major

B Major Concert PDF

Db Major for Tenor PDF

Ab for Alto PDF

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This lesson covers 3 diatonic sequences in concert
Eb Major. F major for tenor, C major for alto.
Each melody is taken through the
7 modes. The PDF includes the exercises in Eb
Bb and Concert keys. There is a recorded play
along at the end of the lesson for improvisation
which includes all the 7 diatonic chords in concert 
Eb major.

Eb Major mp3

Eb Major Concert PDF

Eb Major F for Tenor PDF

Eb Major C for Alto PDF

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Part 1 of this lesson looks at the concert Bb altered
scale or diminished wholetone scale.  This is the C
Altered for tenor and the G altered for alto.
By both playing and singing the scale you can begin
to hear and improvise melodic material from the scale.

Altered Scale Lesson Part 1 Mp3

Altered Scale for all instruments PDF

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These are 12 sampled Tampura or Tambura
Drones.  You can use These to practice scales,
modes, or melodies over. They're great for
both singing and playing.

Drone A

Drone Bb

Drone B

Drone C

Drone Db

Drone D

Drone Eb

Drone E

Drone F

Drone Gb

Drone G

Drone Ab

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This is an Etude Based on the Blues in every key.
It's not a traditional sounding blues, but an rather,
an exercise using the blues form and chord
progression to help one hear and learn some
 "new" melodic material. The PDF is in every
key, so just read it starting from the key your
instrument is in.

Blues Etude 9

Blues 9 PDF in all keys

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 This lesson covers the use of the D minor Triad
 and the C minor Triad over the C minor 7th
chord. Using these two triads the improviser
can create a nearly endless flow of melodic
material over C minor 7th. The Lesson comes
with a PDF in Concert, Bb and Eb keys and
 includes written and played examples plus
 a backing track to practice the material with.
Intermediate and Advanced Musicians.

Triad Pairs Part 1

Triad Pairs 1 PDF

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This lesson looks at memorizing a standard
in a musical and intuituve way through
singing the melody and bass motion as well
as learning the 3rds, 7ths, 9ths, etc... over
the chords of the progression. Using a lead
sheet on "I can't get Started" will help but
is not necessary as the lessoncan be learned 
 "by ear".

 

 

Standard Part 1 Mp3

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This lesson covers concert G minor triad and
the use of chromatic enclosures to create
improvised melodic material.  The triad is
presented in different inversions and
embelished using upper and lower neighbor
tones (enclosures). The lesson includes a
minor vamp in 7/4 as a play along to practice
the examples which are contained in the
included PDF for C Bb and Eb instruments.

Minor Triads With Enclosures Part 1

Minor Triad Chromatic Enclosure PDF

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 This lesson covers several diatonic melodies in

the key of Concert C (D for tenor and A for alto).

It includes a PDF with the exercises and a

play along to work on improvising with the material.

C Major PDF C instruments

C Major PDF Bb instruments

C Major C instruments PDF

C Major PDF Eb instruments

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Improvising on Standards, Lesson 2.  This lesson

 works with the chord changes to the song "Like

Somone In Love" inConcert C.  By Learning to

SING the Root Motion and themelody the ear

develops quickly.  Through singing, the

Instrumentalist can learn to hear clearly 

difficult chord progressions and begin to

discover and play what he/shehears.  The

lesson includes a PDF chord sheet, a play

along sequence and improvised vocal examples.

Standards Lesson II

Like Somone in Love PDF concert

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This lesson covers 3 diatonic sequences in concert

E Major. F# major for tenor, C# major for alto.

Each melody is taken through the

7 modes. The PDF includes the exercises in Eb

Bb and Concert keys.  There is a recorded play

along at the end of the lesson for improvisation

which includes all the 7 diatonic chords in concert

E major.

E Major Concert

F# Major for Tenor PDF

C# Major for Alto PDF

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This lesson covers 3 diatonic sequences in concert
F Major. G major for tenor, D major for alto.
Each melody is taken through the
7 modes. The PDF includes the exercises in Eb
Bb and Concert keys. There is a recorded play
along at the end of the lesson for improvisation
which includes all the 7 diatonic chords in concert
E major.

F Major G for Tenor D for alto

F Major Concert PDF

G Major for Tenor PDF

D Major for Alto

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Altered Scale: Part 2 of this lesson looks at the concert Bb altered
scale or diminished wholetone scale.  This is the C
Altered for tenor and the G altered for alto.
Working throught the different triads both singing and playing
helps to devlope the ear and foster a melodic understanding
of the altered sound.
 

Altered Scale Lesson Part 2 Mp3

 

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