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Building The Minor Blues Series 3

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Series Description

Another great Series of Online Saxophone lessons from James Morton. This follow on Series from Building The Minor Blues Series 1 and 2 takes you into 'harmonic minor' territory. James aim is to take away the mystery and fully explain the harmonic minor scale and how it works in context. This Series uses the same backing track as Series 1 and 2 in order to build your knowledge to be able to add these additional colours to your artists paint pad. Having these scales and techniques to hand will increase your choices.

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 3 - Lesson 1In this Saxophone lesson James explains what the harmonic minor scale is to tries to de-mystify its purpose and how it is used over this minor 12 bar blues. This is a great sounding scale that has a Latino almost Middle Eastern quality about it. James goes through each scale in detail, so you can easily get them under your fingers, to enable you to be able to 'call on' the scale when ever you like and use it in your playing.
  • Building The Minor Blues Series 3 - Lesson 2In this lesson James moves on to teaching the Harmonic Minor arpeggios. Having these arpeggios to hand will give you a vertical approach to playing the harmonic minor over this 12 bar minor blues in Concert C or A for Alto key. James explains in detail and demonstrates these arpeggios to enable you to be able to learn them as quickly, accurately and efficiently as possible. As always with James this saxophone lesson is fun, informative and interactive . Enjoy
  • Building The Minor Blues Series 3 - Lesson 3In this lesson James uses this great backing track interactively. This lesson is ideal for putting the things you have learned in the previous 2 lessons into context and practise. James demonstrates and explains what he is doing whilst the backing track is playing. This enables you to 'follow his lead' and get to grips with what he is teaching you more quickly and efficiently. This teaching technique is fun and informative at the same time. You will be improvising using this harmonic minor scale in no time.
  • Building The Minor Blues Series 3 - Lesson 4Music is a language and musical licks and phrases can be thought of as words. So in this lessons James teaches you some musical vocabulary. One phrase is so famous that it has its own name "I've got a banana", strange but true. James also teaches you some cool Sonny Rollins type licks that sound great over this 'live' backing track. Learn these licks and incorporate them into your own playing, or use them as inspiration to create you own individual licks and phrases.
  • Building The Minor Blues Series 3 - Lesson 5 This is the 'Other Cool Notes' lesson. This is where James shows you other cools notes that can be played in conjunction with this Harmonic Minor Scale. By adding these notes you can create a different atmosphere and feel and thus adding a new dimension to your playing. This again increases your choices of how 'you decide' to improvise over this Minor Blues chord progression.
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