ONLINE SAXOPHONE & IMPROVISATION LESSONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS
STATE-OF-THE-ART instruction in improvisation for all instruments in all styles (bop, modal, funk, blues, fusion, smooth jazz, Latin, and classical) and in all aspects of saxophone technique (beginner to professional). For rates and further info contact me at email@example.com or call 617-332-0176.
• You will need a computer and web cam.
• Skype lessons are 45 minutes followed by an emailed assignment including pdf and mp3 files. While taking lessons you can email me with questions at any time.
• You get all the benefits of a private lesson without leaving your home.
• I find out as much as I can about your experience, preferences and goals.
• I send you a detailed and organized lesson assignment by email including audio tracks and written music (pdf and mp3 files). For more specifics see ABOUT THE LESSONS and SOME TOPICS OF STUDY (below).
• I thoroughly explain each part of the assignment and include examples of how it should sound.
• You practice, record and email the assignment back to me. You can email me with questions at any time.
• After receiving and listening to your return assignment, I send you comments, suggestions, my own playing of various examples and the next lesson.
• Each lesson is individually tailored to your needs and preferences. In other words, private lessons by email.
• It is strongly suggested (but not mandatory), for your own progress, that you send the assignment back within a month’s time, if possible.
For rates and further info contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-332-0176.
If you're looking to have your playing evaluated, simply email me an mp3 of yourself playing to a backing track. I will review it and then we can either talk by phone (45 min) or Skype or I can send you written comments, materials and suggestions.
ABOUT THE LESSONS
These lessons were originally created in response to requests by students. Now, 20+ years later, with students around the world, I have found Lessons by Email or Skype to be an extremely effective way of teaching both woodwind technique and improvisation (to all instrumentalists and vocalists). A few of the advantages are: 1) you can work at your own time and pace; 2) you have a permanent record of the lessons; 3) you receive state-of-the-art personalized instruction for less than the cost of a local teacher.
First, I find out as much as I can about your experience and preferences. Then, I try to determine the best and most appropriate place to begin. I give you materials, which are not only fun but will help you reach your goals quickly and efficiently. All styles (including bop, modal, blues, fusion, smooth jazz, Latin, and classical) and aspects of woodwind technique are taught – from beginner to professional.
For beginners, I emphasize the fundamentals of tone production, technique, reading, playing by ear, improvisation and just having fun.
For improvisation, I feel it’s important to get a solid foundation of chords and scales and then to build from there. While this info is being absorbed, you'll learn to improvise over tunes, 12-bar blues, and common chord progressions. In addition, I give you more complex II V I lines and written solos on standards to read, all to build your vocabulary, technique and ear.
For intermediate students, I stress various exercises which enable you to play improvisational techniques (chord tone soloing, bop scales, approaches notes, 3217/3517 lines, pentatonics, symmetrical diminished, etc.) over chord changes, with rhythmic accuracy and without getting lost. These exercises take the mystery out of improvisation by giving you concrete, logical and systematic approaches to improvising. Learning tunes, transcribed solos, ear training, vocabulary, instrumental technique and theory are also emphasized.
For advanced level players, we work on tonic systems, poly-pentatonics, symmetrical augmented, cycling, motivic improvisation, and more.
I have carefully developed these proven methods over many years of teaching, performing, research and study. For rates and further info contact me at email@example.com or call 617-332-0176.
SOME TOPICS OF STUDY
(click on live links to see or hear examples)
7th, 9th, 11th, and 13th Chords
Chord Tone Soloing
How To Work On Blues
Symmetrical Diminished Scales
Whole Tone Scales
Vocabulary and Language
How To Practice and Apply Chord Scales
Building Technical Facility
Upper and Lower Structure Triads
Applying Bebop Vocabulary, Pentatonics & Playing Outside Over Funk Grooves
Number Permutation Systems
Repertoire and Learning Tunes
How To Work On Tunes
7, -6, -6#5 and -7b5 Pentatonic Scales
Symmetrical Augmented Scales
How To Work On Transcriptions
How To Practice Altissimo
Repeating & Matching Patterns
Scale Tone Soloing
Reading & Sight Reading
3217 & 3517 Systems
5432 & 5732 Systems
Upper and Lower Structure 7th Chords
II-V-I Line Compendiums
Various Approaches to Playing Outside
Harmonic Anticipation and Delay