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Building The Minor Blues Series 1

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Series Description

Building the Minor Blues Series 1 from James Morton is a beginners guide to how to improvise over a minor blues. James provides the tuition for this series using a great live recorded backing track in the style of 'The Thrill Is Gone' by the late B.B. King. In this improvisation series James equips you with the tools to sound like a pro saxophonist when playing over this minor blues chord progression. This series is ideal for beginners wanting to progress from the major blues to the minor blues and is great fun to learn. Enjoy.

Tutor Description

James Morton has been playing sax since the age of eight. Now one of the most exciting jazz artists on the European music scene, James now plays solo gigs as well as with groups, including a James Brown tribute alongside Pee Wee Ellis, and another alongside Andy Sheppard. James has also worked with Pendulum and Kasabian, among other popular contemporary artists, and is a great tutor for anyone looking to bring edge and excitement to their own sax playing.

  • Building The Minor Blues Series 1 - Lesson 1Building the Minor Blues Series 1 kicks off with James 'explaining the form' of this classic minor blues chord progression and highlighting how minor blues is different to a traditional 12 bar blues. Recognising the chord changes is instrumental in learning how to improvise using minor blues. James explains the technique behind building the minor blues whilst the backing track is playing so you can familiarise yourself with the track as well as the chord progressions prior to playing it yourself.
  • Building The Minor Blues Series 1 - Lesson 2In this lesson James explains and teaches you two minor pentatonic scales that are fundamental to being able to improvise over this minor blues backing track. James shows you how these minor pentatonic scales fit into the chord progressions you will play and where and when you should look to play them over the backing track. As well as learning where these scales fit while playing them to our brilliant minor blues backing track, in this lesson you will start to gain confidence with your minor blues improvisations. James will show you some basic minor blues improvisations in the lesson, but try and make up some of your own, too.
  • Building The Minor Blues Series 1 - Lesson 3Lesson three of Building the Blues Series 1 aims to provide you with the ability to be able to 'limit' yourself. This technique of 'playing the spaces' is what the pro saxophonists do so well. James provides you with instruction to teach you certain techniques that help you 'focus in' on particular aspects of your soloing and create a much better minor blues sound and vibe. This provides you with a professional platform to work from and provides you with a greater level of ability to provide 'structure and form' to your playing. Sounding good is harder than you think, but you'll be well on the right path by the end of this lesson.
  • Building The Minor Blues Series 1 - Lesson 4In this lesson James introduces the blue note and the concept of playing with intervals. This provides you with more colors to add to your artist's palette, whilst expanding the range of your playing. Being able to call on these concepts at will is a great asset to have when your sax minor blues improvising. Putting these together helps you to become a storyteller with your music and take listeners on a journey through a range of emotions.
  • Building The Minor Blues Series 1 - Lesson 5In this lesson James shows you his technique of what he calls 'going vertical'. This is done by outlining the individual chord tones for each individual chord in this 12 bar minor blues. This is all about playing the right notes at the right time and in the right place. James demonstrates each chord within the 12 bar minor blues whilst the backing track is playing, which really helps you 'hone in' on this 'going vertical' approach to soloing and improvising.
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