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#78 How To Play Jazz On II-V-I (Two-Five-One) Chord Sequences

improvising Jul 12, 2020

In today's free online saxophone lesson for beginners on sax (or beginners to jazz), you'll learn what a "two-five-one" chord sequence is, why we use it and what to play over it when you're improvising. This is only a very basic introduction though. You could and should spend the rest of your musical life exploring all this stuff. The purpose of this video is to fill you in on the essentials that maybe nobody has ever explained!

Don't forget to pick up your free PDF for this lesson, which covers all the points from the lesson, has II-V-Is in every key and has five great II-V-I licks written out. If you want to learn more about improvising you can go to my Improvising Playlist...

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#76 How To Play Jazz Saxophone - A Roadmap

improvising Jun 28, 2020

On this week's lesson I lay out a simple roadmap that you can use to understand the skills and stepping stones you'll need in order to play jazz on saxophone. I can't teach you how to play jazz sax in one short video I'm afraid (it's a lifetime's work!), but I can outline the best things to focus on, giving you a great snapshot of where you're currently at and how to get to the next level. Don't forget to pick up your free PDF cheat sheet which has all these points written down and a list of useful resources to help you achieve your jazz goals.

Here are the Q&A topics covered in this lesson, with video time stamps (min:sec). Clicking on the time stamp will take you straight...

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#71 How To Play The Blues On Sax

improvising May 24, 2020

One of the genres that almost everyone in the Get Your Sax Together community says they love is the blues. I honestly have no idea what people mean when they say that as " blues" covers such a huge swathe of music, from John Lee Hooker, John Coltrane, Ma Rainey and Louis Armstrong to The Who, James Brown, Joe Bonamasa and even Ibiza House tracks, so in this special extended lesson on blues saxophone I thought the best thing to do would be to go right back to the origins of the blues and trace it forward, clearing up any confusion along the way and, most importantly, learn what sax lines we can play on the blues, in any context.

As always, you can get a (longer than usual!) PDF worksheet...

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