Mastering the Blues Scale Vol. 1 Lesson 5-Funk Tenor



The blues scale is one of the most important scales you can learn as an improviser.  There is so much history and feeling to it that when you play a great blues lick nothing is better.

In this series of video lesson, I play through all one hundred blues licks in F# minor from my book “Mastering the Blues Scale Vol. 1” on the tenor saxophone.

I have been asked by a number of members on my site if I could provide some video lessons on how I would use the blues licks in Volume 1 over a funk or smooth jazz groove.  These 5 lessons are on that type of groove.

In lesson 5, I take you through blues licks 80-100 in the book.  I demonstrate the licks to a track I composed in F# minor that has a funky smooth jazz feel to it.

I demonstrate how to play the licks the way they are written and then how to change them and manipulate them to fit the funk groove of the song.

The power of these licks is realized once they are memorized and internalized.  You must play them enough that you can change them in the moment to fit the sound and feel that you want.  I demonstrate this concept for you on each lick.

To get the most out of these lessons, you will need the book “Mastering the Blues Scale Vol. 1” to follow along with the video.

I provide a play along in F# minor for tenor saxophone that you can play with as well. (38 Minute Video Lesson & Play Along)


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