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Funk Improvisation Series 2

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Series Description

Funk Improvisation Series 2 builds on all of the techniques featured in Series 1, helping you to become a more confident and advanced sax player. James Morton is once again your teacher as you learn about everything from 'call and response' to the use of arpeggio and triads when developing your funk improvisations. This series is packed with excellent advice based on James's own years of experience playing with some of the world's leading musicians, and will leave you armed with everything you need to fulfil your own musical potential. This series is ideal for experienced or intermediate players who have already completed Series 1.

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.

  • Funk Improvisation Series 2- Lesson 1 Funk Improvisation Series 2 kicks off with James picking up where Series 1 ended. The first area of focus is 'call and response,' and some great tips from James that will help you incorporate this technique into your solo sax playing and improvisations. As well as showing you his own ideas, James also points you in the direction of some other great sax players who you can learn from. This lesson is a great introduction to the series and will give you some excellent ideas for adding to your solos and making yourself a better sax player.
  • Funk Improvisation Series 2- Lesson 2 Lesson 2 moves onto looking at the major pentatonic scale in A and D. James takes you through all of the notes you need to know that will make you a better solo funk sax player, with some great technical information included so you understand exactly what you're playing, which is particularly useful if you're new to the instrument. James also shares a number of short phrases with you that you can steal or put your own interpretation on, both to play the solo featured at the start of the lesson or to come up with your own compositions.
  • Funk Improvisation Series 2- Lesson 3 In lesson 3 James shares the best way to combine phrases using both the major and minor pentatonic scales, and how to create the most effective and distinct sounds by doing so. This is a great technique for defining the mood of your music, and will enable you to improvise a range of funk sounds within the same solo. What you learn in this lesson is excellent whether you're a reasonably 'safe' sax player or you're more daring and love experimenting with a range of notes and sounds within your funk improvisation.
  • Funk Improvisation Series 2- Lesson 4 In lesson 4, James looks at how you can use arpeggio techniques rather than traditional scales to bring variety and definition to your funk improvisations. The lesson focuses solely on putting additional skills into your sax toolkit, so whether you're playing alone or with a band you always have something you can turn to in order to lift a piece of music to another level or make it stand out more. James also shows you how to use triads as an added technique within your music, meaning you'll be able to play the solo featured at the start of the lesson by the end of it, or have the confidence in what you know to go away and come up with your own phrases.
  • Funk Improvisation Series 2- Lesson 5 Lesson 5 looks at how you can build up your phrases and solos, enabling you to compose your own piece of music starting from nothing. As well as the technical aspect of playing this conceptual technique, this lesson will enable funk sax players to train themselves to actively think about and listen to what they're playing, meaning you'll be confident at improvising and building sounds in a gig or studio situation. This lesson with James will leave you in a great position to go away, explore your sax and start to build your own musical identity.
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