“Just play the blues scale!” All across the country, you hear this advice given in every band room. Students sit with blank looks on their faces as band directors tell them to use this or that blues scale on their solo. The advice usually doesn’t go much further than that and many kids end up playing solos that they are less than happy about. What many of these students need is a jump start. A few examples of what to play and how to play it………..Here you go!
In Mastering the Blues Scale Volume 2, I demonstrate using the Blues Scale to create great blues licks you can use over dominant grooves on the blues, funk or rock and roll. I show you how to go about getting your blues vocabulary together as you greatly improve your technique with these essential blues licks and scales. Play along with this book at your own pace, as you learn hundreds of great sounding and easily adaptable blues licks and patterns in all 12 keys. Playing these patterns is a fun and exciting way to make that transition from knowing the Blues Scale, to actually having it in your ears and under your fingers.
These blues licks combine many of the idiomatic sequences, intervals and finger patterns, you really need to have down, if you want to get burning on the blues scale. If you are stuck playing your blues scales straight up and down, practicing these licks will soon have you playing with the technique and flexibility required to be able to play what you hear.
Mastering the Blues Scale Volume 2 Dominant Chords has 127 great blues licks in all 12 keys. It is a PDF file that you can download immediately so you can get to work. I have also included two sample mp3’s of the G7 lines in the book. One for alto sax and one for the tenor sax. The alto track is 29 minutes long and the tenor is 24 minutes long. I have had many requests for audio samples that students can listen to as they work on the book. I think these will be a real benefit for those who want to hear how I play the licks and play along with me.
Here is a mixed sample of the alto and tenor mp3.
This book is a pdf file and can be opened and printed immediately after you download it. The exercises are written in all 12 keys and are great concepts for any musician involved in jazz improvisation. 2 mp3’s are provided for alto and tenor saxophone of all 127 licks in the key of G7.