Many times my students will ask me how I can play so fast………..I always respond “Practice”. In this lesson I take you through some exercises that I have student work through who need to learn the chromatic scale. I take you through each step of the exercises and show you how to practice them from the very beginning and build up speed. I also include many tips on playing them with good technique as well as how to use the metronome with them. It is important to really get these fundamentals of a solid technique down so that later you will have fewer weaknesses in your playing. I talk about the best alternate fingering to use and give you some “Inside” tips on how to develop the best hand position and finger movement. I demonstrate everything on the tenor saxophone. This is Lesson 1 of a 2 part lesson on the chromatic scale. Enjoy! (Video)
I really love how Steve really cares about good habits when playing. This lesson is very important to build up technique. The importance Steve gives to following each of his tips and instructions about how to play the chromatic scale is something everybody should do in order to be a better player and master the instrument.
I thank Steve for his care about our progress and improvement. Not many (or maybe none) teachers really care about their students´ good habits, improvement and progress.
Appreciate it Steve! I will definitely do as you say and am sure I´ll feel the difference in my playing. Just as I did with the use of the side Bb key.