April 23, 2021 at 3:42 pm #103524
I did the major improvisation course many years ago and because i only new a couple of scales way back then, i struggled with it and had to put it on hold until i mastered most of the major scales and their chords, then i came back to it later on and i found it a lot easier second time round. Walk before you run.
i also tried out the jazz decks, and found them useful
worked my way through some of the IFR (improvise for real) course, found on the internet, that takes some doing – a completely different approach to improvising.
Then i got my sax teacher to teach me some improvising jazz and blues, completely different, the blues was easier and the jazz i had to put it on hold as i didn’t know all my major chords, dominant chords, minor chords etc..
the major improvisation course is well worth having a go at.April 24, 2021 at 8:03 am #103541
Your improv course music, Pentatonic, reminded me of the Blues brother’s “Sweet Home Chicago”. I have the sheet music in G major, backing track is in F major, all seven pages. Guitar solo is about 5 pages. Too long. Nice blues. How do I combine it all or put it all together?April 24, 2021 at 9:15 am #103545
I found a shorter version of “Sweet Home Chicago” by Eric Clapton. 5 minutes or so.April 24, 2021 at 9:35 am #103547
The sheet music is not the same.Doesn’t sound rightApril 24, 2021 at 9:50 am #103551
Great tune that one, i had a go at playing it on my Alto awhile backApril 24, 2021 at 11:35 am #103556
Nice blowing on the altoApril 24, 2021 at 12:29 pm #103559johnKeymaster
William I think you’re referring to the Killer Blues course….I meant the Major Scale Improve course which is different.
The tracks used for Killer Blues are mostly generic blues that can be used over many many standard blues/swing songs as long as that fall into the typical 12 bar progression (which is a lot of them, including Sweet Home Chicago)April 24, 2021 at 12:34 pm #103560johnKeymaster
nice JB, cool and easy thing about a blues like that is the entire melody is made up of the 5 notes of the minor pentatonic scale.April 24, 2021 at 4:04 pm #103568
I need some sheet music for “Sweet Home Chicago”. I get close playing by ear but no cigar. I have lots of “Sweet Home Chicago” music but nothing is correct. Nothing fits the “Sweet Home Chicago” backing tracks I have.
WilliamApril 25, 2021 at 1:45 am #103584
Thanks, if a song grabs me, i find it a lot easier to come close to playing it well, otherwise i struggle with timing (due to lack of experience).
‘sweet home chicago’ – one for the key master’s list? two to get ready, three to rock & roll.
one of the things i like to do, is just play a random backing track (that doesn’t have any sax playing or singing, and i don’t know what key the track is in ) i jump in the deep end and try and find all the notes on the sax that fit the tune by ear.
I’ve memorised major7, minor7, dominant7 chords (36 in total) and i try and locate which one fits the track, also what scale notes fit the track, and jam with that.
late on i need ti memorise the minor7flat5, diminished7, augmentedwith7ths chords (36) chords off by heart.
saying all that got to wait till face-to-face music lesson start up in june (covid permitting)
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