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Major 2,5,1's Series 2

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Series Description

James Morton is back with the follow up to Major 2,5,1's Series 1 with the brilliant Series 2. After learning the key chord sequences, basic scales, and arpeggios in Series 1, this series begins to introduce different improvisations over the groovy backing track, which is the same as in Series 1. James explains why 2,5,1's is the place to start when it comes to jazz improvisation, so whether you're an experienced saxophonist and are looking to learn a new style, or are a beginner building your jazz licks repertoire, check out these great online sax lessons from Major 2,5,1's Series 2, brought to you by James Morton at Pro Music Tutor.

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.

  • Major 2,5,1's Series 2 - Lesson 1Major 2,5,1's Series 2 kicks off with a lesson called Adding 9th's. James begins by covering some of the basics from Major 2,5,1's Series 1 before explaining the idea behind Adding 9th's to different notes and chord tones, and the reason why 9th's have their name. James plays all the notes in progression both up and down the scale to help you embed them into your music memory, and provides some other great tips for practising these licks. A great start to Major 2,5,1's Series 2, you'll be starting to build your improvisation ideas already!
  • Major 2,5,1's Series 2 - Lesson 2Lesson 2, called 9th's in Context, takes all the great practices and ideas from Lesson 1 and starts you playing along with our groovy backing track. James begins by explaining the importance of being able to call these fantastic licks 'on demand' within your improvisations, before playing the backing track and playing the licks. This lesson has been produced with James demonstrating how and where to play these great jazz chords, before leaving time while the track still plays for you to play along yourself. A great lesson for anyone looking to pick up and play these amazing licks.
  • Major 2,5,1's Series 2 - Lesson 3In Lesson 3, Guide Tones, James begins by talking you through chord tones again so you can relate these to the guide tones you will learn in this lesson, as well as know the difference between the two. James gives his take on why guide tones are 'magical' within your music, before playing all the guide tones over the Major 2,5,1 chords you've been learning in all the lessons across both series so far. Learning guide tones is a great way to memorise Major 2,5,1 chord sequences and is a great way to further cement your ability to improvise when playing jazz. The exercises in this lesson are used at music colleges and were practised by James and other popular saxophonists during their formative years playing sax.
  • Major 2,5,1's Series 2 - Lesson 4Lesson 4 is called Improvising Targeting the 3rd. The clue is definitely in the title with this lesson, as James kicks off by putting the groovy backing track on and starting each phrase with the third note of each chord, giving you a great idea for your own jazz improvisations from the word go. James starts you off with relatively simple phrases and improvisation ideas, again leaving breaks in the music so he can explain and talk you through the chord timing while also allowing you to play along in between. If you've spent the time to practice all the great techniques and ideas taught so far, you'll be able to join in with the more complicated phrases that James begins to introduce at the end of Improvising Targeting the 3rd.
  • Major 2,5,1's Series 2 - Lesson 5Lesson 5, Improvising Targeting the 7th, carries on from the idea behind the previous lesson, only this time kicking off your phrases by playing the seventh note of each chord. The idea behind Targeting the 7th is to highlight the different role both the 3rd and the 7th can play within your improvisations but within the jazz sax genre overall. James puts the backing track on and starts off by playing some long tones to give you an idea of the sound you should be looking for, making it easy for you to listen and play later or play along in real time with James.
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