Tension & Release Blues Lesson 1



In this lesson I teach you the concept of creating tension in your blues solos by playing altered or diminished scales and ideas on certain bars of a standard 12 bar blues.

This is a common tool that many jazz players use over a blues to create tensions and resolutions.

This is a great tool to add if you feel that your blues playing is getting dull and mundane.  You can spice things up with a few “outside” notes placed in the right measures.

I demonstrate the scales and where to use them on a Bb concert blues with my tenor saxophone. I have included a PDF of the blues solo I play at 16:30 on the video also in Bb and C. (34 Minute Video Lesson & PDF)



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