sax

alto sax – improvisation

in this improvisation track i’m focusing on the Region Improv. this is a Bb blues, using the iReal Pro play-along track. my goal was to improvise two choruses of contrasting style or approach.

  1. the first chorus is oriented to the minor blues scale, with a nod to the blues phrasing – “1) i’m gonna tell you, 2) i said i’m gonna tell you, 3) it’s a low-down dirty shame…”
  2. the second chorus is oriented to the 8th note based jazz lines that are an essential element of learning to play jazz

alto sax – etude 1

this is a practice-with-me track TMEA All-State Jazz Sax Etude 1 for ALTO SAX, bpm=180.

tenor sax – etude 1

this demonstration track for TENOR SAX focuses on 2019 TMEA Jazz Sax Etude 1, mm. 1-7. the elements I’m discussing are 1) air stream phrasing, 2) air accents, and 3) articulated accents. all of these are combined into the final run through of the track.

this practice-with-me track for TENOR SAX covers 2019 TMEA Jazz Sax Etude 1, mm. 8-13. the tempo goes up from half note=63, 73, 85, 95, and 105. my articulation does vary a bit as i’m still learning it myself. however, in measure 9 i definitely recommend tonguing the 2nd note and the 6th note in the measure as i find this helps the fingers and tongue align more consistently. [also, pardon the fan noise in the background!]

this practice-with-me track for TENOR SAX covers 2019 TMEA Jazz Sax Etude 1, mm. 1-16. i’m using the iReal Pro app. check out more about it here! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

this play-along track for TENOR SAX for 2019 TMEA Jazz Sax Etude 1 was created using iReal Pro – bpm=130

this play-along track for TENOR SAX for 2019 TMEA Jazz Sax Etude 1 was created using iReal Pro – bpm=150

tenor sax – etude 3

this practice-with-me track for TENOR SAX covers 2019 TMEA Jazz Sax Etude 3, all. this is recorded with an iReal Pro backing track, quarter note=85.