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Building The Minor Blues Series 2

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Series Description

Building the Minor Blues Series 2 is the brilliant follow up to the first series of the same name. In this series, James Morton is back to build on the lessons from Series 1, and introduces the Dorian Scale among a variety of other things to help you build some amazing saxophone improvisations of your own. Learn more about arpeggios, discover the Dominant 7b9 and the Flattened 9th, and leave these online saxophone lessons with some incredible sounding licks under your fingers. Buy Building the Minor Blues Series 2 now and start playing with James today.

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 2 - Lesson 1This first lesson is called Introducing the Dorian Scale. The Dorian Scale is a continuing theme throughout Building the Minor Blues Series 2, and you'll learn about using this over the 12 bar minor blues that James uses in these lessons. James explains and demystifies what 'modes' are in music, so if you aren't familiar with these you'll be quickly boosting your musical knowledge as well as your ability to play fantastic saxophone licks. You'll quickly be playing up and down the Dorian Scale to become familiar with these notes in preparation for beginning to improvise later in the series.
  • Building The Minor Blues Series 2 - Lesson 2Lesson 2, Implementing the Dorian Scale, takes the basics you have learned in the first lesson of the series and starts putting them into practice. James runs through playing the notes of the Dorian Scale once more, before putting on the brilliant minor blues backing track and playing the various notes over the minor chords on the track. This is a great lesson for playing along with James. Watch as James plays the notes over the backing track, then when James stops it's your turn to join in. By the end of this lesson you'll already have some terrific ideas for some additional minor blues improvisations.
  • Building The Minor Blues Series 2 - Lesson 3Lesson 3 is called Extended Arpeggios, definitely more than a slight clue to what you'll be tackling here! You'll use arpeggios from the Dorian Scale, so if you've got all the notes from the first two lessons under your fingers you'll find this one a natural progression. James begins by explaining the influence arpeggios can have over your saxophone improvisations, essentially giving you a whole new range of licks to call on when you're playing your instrument. Play these arpeggios first up, then play along with James and the minor blues backing track towards the end of the lesson.
  • Building The Minor Blues Series 2 - Lesson 4This lesson, called Licks and Language, helps you to build on all the knowledge you have picked up so far, and progress into playing different phrases that will help you to create a great sound either playing solo, along with the backing track, or with other instruments in a live situation. Throughout this lesson James will show you a series of riffs, from standard phrases to more complex and advanced sequences of notes. The backing track is not used in this lesson to help you get the hang of the various licks you can use.
  • Building The Minor Blues Series 2 - Lesson 5This lesson, Introducing the Dominant 7b9, begins with James explaining the importance of this note and how it works within the 12 bar minor blues sequence we've been looking at throughout Building the Minor Blues Series 2. You'll then be straight into playing a variety of notes and licks, with James introducing a Flattened 9th for you to include as well as sharing some additional tips and tricks to make your saxophone improvisations sound second to none. This lesson builds predominantly on the earlier lesson in the series that looked at arpeggios, so be sure to have mastered that before moving onto this one.
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