ABOUT THE LESSONS
I teach all styles (jazz, funk, fusion, classical, etc.) and aspects of woodwind technique to all ages and levels (beginner - professional). I also teach improvisation for all instruments and vocalists.
For beginners, I emphasize the fundamentals including 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 information is being absorbed, you will learn how to improvise over tunes, II V I progressions and 12-bar blues progressions.
For intermediate to advanced students, I stress various exercises which enable you to play improvisational techniques (chord tone soloing, bop scales, approaches notes, 3217/3517 lines and pentatonics, 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 repertoire, transcribed solos, ear training, vocabulary, instrumental technique and theory are also emphasized. I have carefully developed my approach over many years of teaching, performing, research and study.
For further information about SAXOPHONE LESSONS to the Newton, Wellesley, Boston, Needham, Brookline and surrounding areas or for ONLINE JAZZ LESSONS (all levels and styles of saxophone and improvisation for all instruments) contact me at email@example.com or 617-332-0176.
SOME TOPICS OF STUDY
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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