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Building The Minor Blues Series 4

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Series Description

We are pleased to introduce Building The Minor Blues Series 4. This is a follow on Series from Building The Minor Blues Series 1, 2 and 3. This Series looks at predominantly at the Melodic Minor Scale and other elements that can evolve from using this scale. Again this Series aims to provide you with yet a greater choice of options of sounds to use when improvising over a minor blues. James uses this popular interactive approach to teaching, showing you how to use the backing track to help you learn in a fun and informative way.

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 4 - Lesson 1In this first lesson introduces you to the melodic minor scale and explains the notes that make up this scale. The scales that James teaches directly relate to the chord sequence within the backing track to enable you to be able to improvise over the track. Learning and understanding the scales are essential for improvisation. It is not always obvious what scales are played over what chords. James as always does a great job of making it easy to understand and easy to learn. Learn from this great player.
  • Building The Minor Blues Series 4 - Lesson 2In this second lesson James takes a similar approach to his other Series by teaching the arpeggios that relate to this melodic minor scale. The arpeggios allow for what James calls a vertical approach to playing instead of just playing scales. Again the first 'port of call' is knowing these arpeggios and being able to call on them at will. Unfortunately there are no short cuts other than learning them and getting them under your fingers. In this lesson James makes it easy and fun.
  • Building The Minor Blues Series 4 - Lesson 3This lesson is putting into practice what you have learned in the previous 2 lessons. This lesson will really show whether you have learned your scales and arpeggios well enough. This is a lesson where James now uses the backing track interactively to encourage you to play the scales and arpeggios in the right place at the right time. This also brings your ear training from earlier Series into play and will test your ability as to whether you fully understand the form of the song and recognise the chord changes. Test your skills.
  • Building The Minor Blues Series 4 - Lesson 4Here we have another lesson relating to 'licks and language'. Music is a language and licks are the words within the language. James provides you with some licks and language that relate to this melodic minor scale. They are licks that he himself uses in his own soloing. You can learn these great licks and put them into your own playing virtually straight away and add them to your library of licks. These licks are very accurately explained and demonstrated by James to make the exercise of learning them as easy as possible. Have fun.
  • Building The Minor Blues Series 4 - Lesson 5This is an 'Improvisation Concepts' lesson. This targets playing a particular phrase or lick at different places within the bar and how it changes the feel of the music. James demonstrates this concept whilst the backing track is playing to make it as easy as possible to understand. He also explains the concept of stretching and contracting phrases that again changes things sometimes dramatically. This demonstrates how you can play the same notes and yet make them sound completely different at the same time. How great.
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