JEFF HARRINGTON

Saxophone Lessons & improvisation for all instruments

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 to 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 stressed. 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, Needham, Brookline and greater Boston, MA areas or for ONLINE JAZZ LESSONS (all levels and styles of saxophone and improvisation for all instruments) contact me at jharrington@jeffharrington.com or 617-332-0176.

TOPICS OF STUDY

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  • Tonic Systems
  • 7th, 9th, 11th, and 13th Chords
  • Approach Notes
  • Cycling
  • Chord Tone Soloing
  • How To Work On Blues
  • Symmetrical Diminished Scales
  • Symmetrical Diminished -7 & -7(b5) Patterns
  • Whole Tone Scales
  • Intervalic Improvisation
  • Harmonic Analysis
  • Theory
  • Ear Training
  • Articulation
  • Pentatonic Patterns
  • Poly-Pentatonics
  • Time Feels
  • Tone Studies
  • Compositional Techniques
  • Bebop Cliches
  • Vocabulary and Language
  • How To Practice and Apply Chord Scales
  • Diatonic Patterns
  • bIII-7 bVI7 Substitutions Over II-7 V7
  • Multiphonics
  • Quoting
  • Practice Routines
  • Mouthpieces
  • Building Technical Facility
  • Performance Techniques
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Voicings
  • Subtone
  • Ghosting
  • Upper and Lower Structure Triads
  • Overtones
  • Applying Bebop Vocabulary, Pentatonics & Playing Outside Over Funk Grooves
  • Number Permutation Systems
  • Repertoire and Learning Tunes
  • How To Work On Tunes
  • 23rd Chords
  • Bop Scales
  • Bop Scale Substitutions 
  • 7, -6, -6#5 and -7b5 Pentatonic Scales
  • Voice Leading
  • Inversions
  • Transcribing
  • Rhythmic Displacement
  • Melodic Embellishment
  • All Styles
  • Reharminization
  • Transposing
  • Symmetrical Augmented Scales
  • Modes
  • How To Work On Transcriptions
  • Growling
  • How To Practice Altissimo
  • Repeating & Matching Patterns
  • Scale Tone Soloing
  • Reeds
  • False Fingerings
  • Reading & Sight Reading
  • 3217 & 3517 Systems
  • 5432 & 5732 Systems
  • Embouchure
  • Vibrato
  • Bending
  • Glissandos
  • Warbles
  • Upper and Lower Structure 7th Chords
  • Breathing
  • Tetrachords
  • Blues Licks
  • Thematic Improvisation
  • II-V-I Line Compendiums
  • Triadic Pairs
  • Various Approaches to Playing Outside
  • Harmonic Anticipation and Delay
  • Synthetic Scales
  • Polyrhythms