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Each month we will explore new territory in the world of improvisation. There is so much to learn, but focusing on one element at at time rather than trying to absorb it all at once is our proven approach for success. Don’t let the vast amount of information overwhelm you. By breaking things down into manageable chunks students make more progress faster.
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The ii – V – I Progression
The most basic harmonic building block in jazz standards and also other music styles. In this unit we study the ii – V – I chord progression and take some exercises and licks through all 12 keys. Let’s develop our jazz vocabulary and ability to play in all keys.
Misty – How to Learn Jazz Standards
An all time favorite song, we are using Misty as our vehicle for studying common harmonic progressions in jazz standards, applying and practicing guide tone lines, developing our jazz vocabulary, and improvising.
Autumn Leaves – Minor ii V i Progressions
Autumn Leaves is a must know standard and a great opportunity to study the minor ii – V – progression. We will be diving into how to approach improvising effectively in minor keys.
Dig Dis – How to Transcribe and Using the b9
We are diving into the process of transcribing this month and using the Hank Mobley tune Dig Dis as the launching pad.
Develop your ability to play back on your instrument the sounds you hear on recordings. This will boost your musicianship more than any other skill!
Song for My Father – Using the b13 Chord Extension
We will be looking at soloing over a simple harmonic structure this month. Pentatonic and blues language mixed with making the changes. Focus on time feel.
Take the A Train – Using the #11 Chord Extension
Learn about using the #11 chord extension in the Billy Strayhorn classic standard.
Blue Bossa – Color Tones Over Minor Chords
This Kenny Dorham classic is a favorite jazz standard and a great opportunity to explore some new harmonic colors over minor tonalities.
Watermelon Man – the Dominant Pentatonic Scale
We learn how to apply jazz improvisation techniques in popular music settings. Learn about the dominant pentatonic scale.
Take 5 – Odd Meter
The most popular jazz recording ever for a reason. We learn a crucial bit of repertoire and work on playing in odd meters. (Not as hard as you may think)
Just the Two of Us
A soul/smooth jazz classic. We explore creative ways to employ pentatonic scales and the blues scale while improvising on a popular Grover Washington Jr. tune.
Fly Me to the Moon
We learn a common chord progression that appears in many other songs across multple genres.
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Learn how the dominant pentatonic scale can be used to improvise over this sould jazz classic by Joe Zawinul.
Stand By Me
Simple harmonic structures present their own challenges. Stand by Me offers us an exercise in playing melodically and in difficult key centers.
Rhythm Changes 1
We tackle the basics of the most commonly used chord progressions in jazz. Part 2 coming later on in the curriculum.
Yes! When you sign up for the BetterSax Studio you will get access to all content from previous Studio units.
It’s easy to share recordings or video to be reviewed by instructors. We recommend using YouTube for video and Soundcloud for audio. Both are free. Once you have uploaded your recorded content to one of those sites you simply copy and paste the URL link inside the BetterSax Studio to start getting feedback.
Recording Submissions are NOT a requirement. One of the best parts about the BetterSax Studio is that members not only learn from the instructors, but also from each other. Student recordings that get submitted to the Studio will be visible by all members and so will the teacher’s feedback. While this is an ideal situation for learning, we understand that not everyone is ready to record themselves and have those recordings analyzed by others.
Anyone intermediate level player is welcome to join. It is recommended that BetterSax Studio members have a basic level of music theory (know a few scales and chords) to be comfortable with the lessons. Going through the Harmonic Foundation Course will provide the necessary background but is not required.
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No, the BetterSax Studio is for all saxophones. PDF materials are transposed for Eb and Bb instruments.