Blues Foundation

Build a solid foundation for playing the blues on saxophone. Learn to play Blues Melodies, Licks, and Solos all by ear. Develop your sense of rhythm and take your improvising to the next level.


No Matter What Style of Music You Play

The Blues is Everywhere

“I created a course for all beginning improvisors that will prepare them for the kind of music they want to play.”

– Jay Metcalf

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Online Video Course

Each etude is designed to teach you an element of blues foundation and improvisation techniques. Steve Kortyka guides you step by step so you’re not just playing the notes, but learning the tools you need to become a better improviser.

Audio Recordings

Listen and practice along to recordings of each etude played over the original backing track accompaniment.

What You Will Learn

All online course purchases on are risk free. If you don’t learn and benefit from our courses, we don’t want your money. Because we put so much time and work into our products, most customers just want to enroll in more. However, if you find that the content is not right for you, just get in touch to request a no hassle, no questions asked refund.



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You should begin by watching these free videos and by signing up for my free Play Sax by Ear Crash Course. Once you have completed that material, you you will be ready to take my Pentatonic Foundation Course.

Yes! The videos can be viewed on any device as long as you are connected to the internet. They are streamed from a private server in High Definition and can be watched an unlimited number of times. The PDF downloads and MP3 tracks can be downloaded for offline use.
Yes! At checkout, you can add the DVD version to your order for an additional charge.

No. Once you are enrolled, you have lifetime access. There will be no recurring fees or renewal fees. Pay once, that’s it.

As soon as your purchase is completed you will receive a confirmation email. Please check junk and spam folders for this if you don’t see it right away. Add [email protected] to your contact list, to ensure delivery of all important emails.

Follow the instructions in this email to login to the BetterSax Members Area where you will find your courses waiting for you.

Yes. 30 days trial, 100% satisfaction guarantee.

If you don’t find that the Blues Foundation Course has helped you improve as a sax player, and learn how to improvise blues solos by ear, just send me a message and I’ll refund your entire purchase price no questions asked.

No, the Blues Foundation course is for all saxophones. There are demonstration videos and audio tracks performed on both alto and tenor. Everything can be played on any saxophone.

Absolutely yes! The lessons in this course apply to any instrument. Since the material is all taught in a way that you will be learning by ear, there are no transposition issues to worry about.

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