Stage 1 Jazz Improvisation Lessons

Stage 1 Jazz Improvisation Lessons

For beginning jazzers still working on basic fundamentals but looking to start improvising, the lessons in this playlist would be a great place to start!

These lessons will help you continue learning developing jazz fundamentals as you develop a practice routine centered around learning to improvise on standard tunes and the blues.

There are lessons that will help you learn to organize and structure your practice sessions, continue developing your scale and articulation skills, and begin improvising on the blues and standard tunes.

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Stage 1 Jazz Improvisation Lessons
  • Jazz Lesson 1- Developing a Practice Strategy

    For jazz newcomers, this lesson will help you develop a 3-part practice strategy that takes the mystery out of the "What should I practice" dilemma. Designed for sax players with basic skills looking to become jazzers, the lesson will help you focus on developing tone and technique, jazz chart re...

  • Jazz Lesson 1 Extras.zip

    17.3 MB

  • Blues by the 4's

    In this lesson, you'll learn to construct blues solo lines based on basic 4-bar phrases. Using an F blues play-along track, we'll have a series of interactive musical conversations through the common jazz solo technique of trading 4's. As we progress, you'll learn how to create meaningful improvi...

  • Blues by the 4's Extras.zip

    3.86 MB

    Included are PDF and play-along files for Blues by the 4's.

  • Learning the Major Scales

    This lesson provides a method for learning and memorizing the 12 major scales and arpeggios. Through a system based on logic, you'll learn how scales and key signatures are constructed, eliminating the need for rote memorization.

  • Learning the Major Scales Extras.zip

    213 KB

  • Time, Tongue & Technique

    This lesson provides a systematic approach for developing your time, technique, and jazz articulation skills. A metronome is required for the exercises.

  • Time, Tongue & Technique Extras.zip

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  • Intro to the Blues Part 1

    In this lesson, you'll learn about the blues form and how to begin practicing improvisation on the chord changes. In the supplemental video, we'll do some "I Play-You Play" improv practice with a play-along track.

  • Intro to the Blues, Part 1 Supplement

    We'll incorporate the concepts from Intro to the Blues, Part 1 in some "I Play-You Play" practice with a play-along track in the key of B Flat concert in this supplemental video. Transpositions are provided for alto and tenor sax. View the lesson first!

  • Intro to the Blues, Pt 1 Extras.zip

    2.47 MB

  • Intro to the Blues, Part 2

    This lesson takes your blues practice to the next level by enhancing the basic chord progression with additional scales. The concept of using guide tones to further explore the harmony is also addressed.

  • Intro to the Blues, Partt 2 Supplement

    We'll incorporate the concepts from Intro to the Blues, Part 2 in some "I Play-You Play" practice with a play-along track in the key of F concert in this supplemental video. Transpositions are provided for alto and tenor sax. View the lesson first!

  • Intro to the Blues, Pt 2 Extras.zip

    2.21 MB

  • Intro to the Blues, Part 3

    This lesson advances your blues practice to include complete 1-3-5-7-9 arpeggios. Connecting phrases through the use of changing and common tones is addressed.

  • Intro to the Blues, Part 3 Supplement

    We'll incorporate the concepts from Intro to the Blues, Part 3 in some "I Play-You Play" practice with a play-along track in the key of F concert in this supplemental video. Transpositions are provided for alto and tenor sax. View the lesson first!

  • Intro to the Blues, Pt 3 Extras.zip

    2.2 MB

  • Intro to the Blues, Part 4

    Learn about the use of pentatonic scales in the blues.

  • Intro to the Blues, Part 4 Supplement

    We'll incorporate the concepts from Intro to the Blues, Part 4 in some "I Play-You Play" practice with a play-along track in the key of B Flat concert in this supplemental video. Transpositions are provided for alto and tenor sax. View the lesson first!

  • Intro to the Blues, Pt 4 Extras.zip

    2.08 MB

  • Making Sense of Jazz Improvisation, Part 1

    This lesson provides an introduction to jazz improvisation by offering a method for learning to interpret, practice, and perform the chord changes to standard tunes. The exercises and examples in the lesson are based on the chord changes to the standard tune, "Blue Bossa."

  • Making Sense, Pt 1 Extras.zip

    127 KB

  • Making Sense of Jazz Improvisation, Part 2

    This lesson explores the art of creating an improvised solo using several phrasing concepts and a basic jazz vocabulary. In the lesson, playing an improvised solo is related to the art of story telling. Exercises and examples in this lesson are based on the chord changes to the standard, "Blue Bo...

  • Making Sense, Pt 2 Extras.zip

    169 KB