Money (Pink Floyd)
Logical Song (Supertramp)
Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones)
The Wanderer (Dion)
The pentatonic scale, the pentatonic blues scale
They are constructed using the simple 5 and 6 note blues scales that I base my improvisation lessons on… here on the site in the Improvisation section, and the ones that make up the improve eBook course How To Play Killer Blues & Rockin Sax Solos With 7 Notes or Less.
I thought it would be interesting and possibly inspiring for some to hear solos you’ve probably heard countless times and not even realized this.
When you do realize it, and then discover that these scales are very easy to play and theoretically simple to understand, then you are a lot closer to being able to play them, plus many others yourself.
The truth is, if I had the time I could sit here all day long and make a list of sax solos as long as my arm (and yours!) that fit into this category, but I’m sure you’ll get the picture with these 5 quite varied solos that I picked at random.
Remember, you have all the tools here to start your improvisational journey and do what most can’t, and that is to play a good improv solo over just about any piece of music. Total beginners at this can start with the lessons in the Improvisation section at the link above. These start with just 1, 2, and 3 note solos so very easy. To really continue and dig deeper into blues and rock soloing, there’s even more information, exercises, examples etc in the Killer Blues eBook course which has the link above as well.
Since this post was written I have written and recorded a some new songs which include a few of the above solos
so check them out and download them. They include the entire sheet music and play-a-long backing track:
Brown Sugar is featured in the How To Play Killer Blues With 7 Note Or Less and is studied and dissected and actually only uses 5 notes. The link for this course is above.