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    David K

      Hey guys,
      So i came across a popular jazz song on youtube called “i wish”
      Would love to be able to solo like this. I play alto and improvise using a b minor scale which works really well with this song, but this guy is pumping out notes that doesnt sound like its part of the b minor scale and it sounds hectic!
      Is he following some kind of chord progression? it looks like he is completely improvising from the top of his head with his eyes closed, whats the magic ingredient here in terms of those sick notes he plays during the solo that gives the listener goosebumps!
      Ps thanks johnny for ur awesome website youve helped me so much and i really appreciate it, keep up the good work!


        Ya, thanks for the share. I’ve loved this song ever since Stevie Wonder put it out in the 70’s. It really works well in this big band arrangement too.
        You’re right, they’re playing it in D minor which is B minor if you’re on alto and E minor for tenor. The main ideas are coming from the minor blues scale but what he’s expanding with is just chromatic note patterns. He also sounds like he’s from the Michael Brecker style of playing so if you really love that style check him out. he’s influenced many a saxophonist!

        jay douglas

          Very Tasty..Love His Tone And Great Solo…Thanks Pointers Johnny And Thanks For The Share Bigd 😉

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