Groove & Soul Standards Vol 1 - Pentatonic Studies

The Groove and Soul Standards Volume 1 collection of backing tracks features some of the best (and most played) contemporary repertoire. Students should take note that the melodies to these songs are primarily pentatonic scale based and the improvised solos from the original recordings are often built on a solid foundation of pentatonic scale material and vocabulary.

There’s no better way to develop fluidity and fluency when improvising than by practicing a variety of patterns and rhythms over chord sequences.

LD Groove & Soul Standards Vol 1 - Pentatonic Studies (1000 × 1000 px)

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Steve Kortyka

Steve Kortyka is a full time New York saxophonist who is passionate about teaching jazz improvisation concepts to his students from around the world in the Better Sax Studio and elsewhere. As a member of the Brian Newman quintet, Steve is an in-demand performer appearing live alongside Lady Gaga and the legendary Tony Bennett as well as on the pair’s latest album releases.

What You Get

List of Etudes

Online Video Course

Each etude has an accompanying video lesson. Steve guides you step-by-step through his method for integrating the patterns from the course into improvised solos.

Digital Download Book

Eb, Bb and C Instrument versions are included with your enrollment.

Physical print copies (pictured) available at checkout as well.

Audio Recordings

Listen and practice along to recordings of each etude played over the original backing track accompaniment on both alto and tenor saxophone.

Audio recordings of the pentatonic patterns are also included for alto and tenor saxophones.


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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 can be downloaded for offline use.
No. There is not yet a DVD version of this course.

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No, the this course is for all instruments. The demonstrations are all done on alto saxophone, but the student can play all of the etudes on any instrument.
Absolutely yes! The etudes in this course can be played on any instrument.
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