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3 Levels of Altissimo Practice and Playing

Through practicing these three steps you can open up the higher registers of the saxophone.
Beginning with how to hear notes and playing overtones.
Moving into playing in the altissimo register
And adding altissimo lines and exercises.

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LESSON TRANSCRIPTION CONTENT:
50+ pages full altissimo exercises
-altissimo register fingering chart from high F to even higher E
-scale and chord exercises extending into altissimo range
-Jazz licks using altissimo register
+ not everything is transposed to the Tenor, Alto and Concert keys. 

In this tutorial
00:00 ALTISSIMO RANGE WILL CHANGE YOUR PLAYING
00:38 Learn the overtones first
02:18 First three Altissimo tones
03:51 Train the Altissimo register
05:32 You Need The Speed
06:37 Train The Turn
06:54 Altissimo Jazz Licks
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Three Best Sound Exercises – Your Sound Is Most Important https://youtu.be/azIKUfVtivM
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Chris Potter – Epic Dominant Licks

Chris Potter has such a refined link to the great heroes of jazz, John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Charlie Parker and the likes.
How Chris Potter mixes the different inspirational streams into his own modern blues sound amazes me.
In this video I look at Chris Potter licks, break them down and dig into what Chris Potter actually plays, how to practice this and explains how you can add this to your playing.

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LESSON TRANSCRIPTION CONTENT:
50+ pages of enclosure exercises and licks
-Minor chords, minor and melodic minor scale exercises
-Coltranes licks and Coltrane inspired licks
Transcribed to all 12 keys.
+ all lesson examples transposed to alto and concert key

In this tutorial
00:00 CHRIS POTTER – EPIC DOMINANT LICKS
00:18 Potter and Coltrane jazz lick
02:23 The Upper Structure Lick
03:28 Epic Modern Chris Potter Lick
05:05 Move Into All 12 Keys
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3 Coltrane Bebop Licks Explained
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Blues on Db
https://youtu.be/f4FPGn2fjmQ

Blues in C
https://youtu.be/3ErBZxNItpo

 

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Soprano – Yanagisawa Elimona

Using Triads Can Change Your Playing

The use of triads is an amazing way to access both inside and outside playing.
The easy shape of the triad, with only three notes, is a super great way to ease in on getting altered sounds into your playing.
I demonstrate how you can add simple triad ideas to different chord functions and get a clear less to more altered sound.

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LESSON TRANSCRIPT CONTENT:
Open sound Triad Inversion exercises
Chromatic approach notes to trias exercises 
12 II-V-I and minor chord licks 
All in all 12 keys
+ Full Lesson Transcription Examples in Alto Key

In this tutorial
00:00 Using Triads Can Change Your Playing
00:19 Triads ala Michael Brecker
02:18 Triads Chromatic Approach
03:36 Chris Potter Chromatic Triads
04:32 Brecker and Potter mixed triad licks
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Triads – A Massive Boost To Your Solos
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Play Outside Using This simple Minor Chord Method https://www.patreon.com/posts/61147968
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Soprano – Yanagisawa Elimona

5 Important 4-note Jazz Licks That Will Change Your Playing

4 note jazz licks are probably one of the most important tools for your jazz solos.
The 4-note jazz licks fit perfectly into the most common 4/4 bar.
In this video I explain 5 four note licks and make these usable in multiple situations.
Greats like John Coltrane made full concepts of playing shapes like this.

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10 LICKS USING 4 NOTE PATTERNS – IN THE 7 MOST COMMON KEYS
+ All Lesson Examples Transposed To The Alto Key

In this tutorial
00:00 The importance of 4 note jazz licks
00:55 Dm9 with a chromatic touch
02:12 G7 altered lick
02:47 Abm triad on G7
03:43 Use Bb7 as altered sound
05:00 Cmaj7 and Giant Steps
05:53 G7 = Db7???
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COLTRANE PATTERNS – AMAZING, FLEXIBLE AND MELODIC FOUR NOTE SHAPES
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Triads – A Massive Boost To Your Solos

Triads – A Massive Boost To Your Solos
When listening to Chris Potter I get very inspired.
This video is how to add triads to your playing and practice and get a hint of some of the sound Chris Potter is using.
About how to play clearly when playing super advanced music.
Thank you Chris Potter.

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In this tutorial

00:00 Thank you Chris Potter
00:04 Practicing Confirmation
00:42 Playing with clarity
01:39 G major triad lick
02:12 E minor lick
02:29 Db major lick
03:05 How does he do it?
03:28 Triads and guide tone line
04:52 Be Flexible – practice triads in the scale – musically
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TRITONE SUBSTITUTION – USE THIS METHOD AND GET THE SOUND
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Chord note solos – strong melodies with awesome rhythm

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The 8 most important chord patterns you need to know
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10 Killer Solo Strategies on Funky Modal Grooves

10 Killer Solo Strategies on Funky Modal Grooves
How to keep your one chord solo funky?
How do you play one chord groove and keep it exciting?
In this video I will work with funky solo strategies and build up from simple to advanced.
We will begin with a simple pentatonic scale and go all the way to adding bebop.

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In this tutorial
10 killer Solo Strategies on Funky Modal Grooves
Play with great timing and rock steady groove
G minor pentatonic scale
Music theory with Albert Einstein 
Build up with Candy Dulfer
Repeating patterns in the pentatonic scale
The Dorian minor scale extension
Triads
4 and 5 note chords
Blues scale and bebop
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PENTATONIC SCALES HOW TO PRACTICE AND USE IMMEDIATELY
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3 great melodic tools to develop strong melodies
https://youtu.be/F8gWYGhOKUs

10 ways to improve your timing
https://youtu.be/2k3NPy0qSPg

Play Amazing Bebop Lines Like This
https://youtu.be/hkEZhgq75cs

The best thing about the Blues and How to Use It
https://youtu.be/EwyfRuIWgAg

Dennis Chambers – Chameleon
https://youtu.be/WtaKRY8wqhA

Candy Dulfer – Lily was here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SfSQ3lQmJw

Candy Dulfer – Strasbourg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNx4EbTu10w

Miles davis – “so what”
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Funky G minor groove
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Diatonic approach 5 – minor II-V-I – triads

In this video I get around the minor II-V-I in minor and explains how you can use the diatonic triads when you improvise. Eø7 – A7(b9) – Dm6.
I call the Dm6, by this name for this lesson but you can also call the tonic minor chord minor-major Dm(maj7), both are good but refers to the extensions of the chord.

The problem mostly found with the minor II-V-I is that you need three different scales to play diatonic over the progression.

The scale of the Eø7 is basically the Fmajor scale played from the E.
E F G A Bb C D E F

The A7(b9) scale is a D harmonic minor scale played from the A
A Bb C# D E F G A Bb

The scale I use over the Dm6 chord is D melodic minor
D E F G A B C#

I will now go on to the chord tones and focus on the diatonic triads in the chords.

The first exercise is the triads of the Eø7 – A7(b9) and the Dm6 in one exercise going through all the different diatonic triads found in the chords.

Diatonic approach 5 - minor II-V-I - diatonic triads_exercise triads 1

I put a little rest in there to also adress the rhythmical aspect of exercises. To make exercises not only finger technicalities.

The next exercise is an exercise without the breaks in it, this makes it more phisically demanding and also covers more material in shorter time, further it will adress the ability to think longer 8th note lines.

Diatonic approach 5 - minor II-V-I - diatonic triads_exercise triads 2
With these exercises I work with every chord for two bars. Two bars Eø7, two bars A7(b9) and four bars of Dm6. This is an outstretched II-V-I with double the amount of time on each chord. I have chosen to do this to extend the time on each chord.

I recommend that you of course use the above mentioned patterns but definitely also look for your own patterns to get really into the material. One of these methods are finding and developing own musical/technical patterns.

I will go on with som examples of the minor II-V-I which I made consisting of the scale material and the diatonic triads I have explained above.

Diatonic approach 5 - minor II-V-I - diatonic triads_example 1
I start this example going down the Bb major triad ending on a low E going up the Eø7 scale from the G to resolve to the C# on the A7(b9). Going up an inversion of the Bb diminished triad approaching the A with the notes Bb and G, going down the A augmented triad to the low A, resolving to the mid E on the Dm6 chord, which is an approach of the D through the E and the C#. From the D I go up the scale to the F jumping down to an A triad going up to the high A running down the scale and ending on the 9th an E.

Example 2.

Diatonic approach 5 - minor II-V-I - diatonic triads_example2
I start the exercise with two combined triads, the one of Ediminished and the Dminor triad running up to the high G going donw the Ediminished triad in an inversion to the low G going on to the A of the A7(b9), jumipng up an octave to the high A approaching the F with the notes E-G. The F resloves to the E of an A triad going down ending on the low A jumping up to the high F of the Dm6 the third. Through the F, C#, E and the C# again im approaching the D minor triad played in a triplet figure up, continuing the rest of the example in triplets, approaching the A with the notes B and g, ending on C#,the maj7, high E, the 9th and finally ending on the B – the 6th.

Example 3.
Diatonic approach 5 - minor II-V-I - diatonic triads_example3
I go down the Dminor triad, A F D, 11, 9, 7 of the Eø7, approaching with the D and the D the E, root of the Eø7, going down the Eo triad to the low E. Begin on an A of the A7(b9) jumping up to the Bb, flat9, approaching the G through the F and the A, picking up from under the Bb and the C#, b9+3 of the A7(b9), jumoing ip to the A, approaching on the Dm6 the F with the G as approach note. Using from the F, the third degree, the A augmented triad approaching the B, the 6th of the Dm6, with the C# + A, jumping up to the E going down the A triad. Approaching the F on the second bar Dm6 with the G+E, ending on some big jumps, A – E – B to C#.

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