This is lesson 1B in the beginner improviser series for alto sax. In this series of lessons I will take you from the very beginning and teach you how to improvise. In this lesson I conclude lesson 1A by teaching you the C major scale, the D dorian scale, the G mixolydian scale and the chords that these work over. I show you how to memorize these as well as how to practice them with some Aebersold play alongs. I also show you the A blues scale and talk about how to use it against C major and A minor. I spend a lot of time talking about hearing the resolution points within each scale and chord and what to listen for when improvising. My goal with these series of lessons is too teach you all the basic chords and scales in every key and get you improvising in a fluent way over some common jazz standards. (Audio,Video & PDF) (34 minutes)
This lesson introduces the Aebersold play along tracks to now become a regular part of my practice, the lesson made everything so understandable and informative in a practical way. It was great to play the scales appropriate to the chords and better understand resolutions; I got so much enjoyment from this lesson and heard myself sounding how I have always wanted to sound when playing on a blues scale. Thanks Steve
Virginia Macdonald –
As a long-time paper-trained musician, my past experiences with attempting learn to play jazz (from the comfort of my own home) has been to pick up a book with a CD. I would quickly get discouraged by the lack of direction and give up. After watching your first two lessons for Beginner Jazz Improvisation I am happily on my way to understanding not only the how, but the why part of what I am doing. Having you explain and demonstrate through your videos exactly what I am listening for in each exercise makes such a huge difference. I feel like I can learn to do this in a methodical, linear way that I did not think was possible to do with jazz improvisation. Thank you.