How to Play Funky Saxophone
What you'll learn
- Students will learn to improvise in a funky style by memorising 16 phrases (licks), the pentatonic and Blues scale.
- You will learn to solo over "Pick up the Pieces" By The Average White Band and "Happy" by Pharroll Williams
- Students should have an Alto or Tenor Sax, and have a basic knowledge of the instrument.
Learn to play funky solos over “Pick up the Pieces” and Pharrell William’s “Happy” . World class saxophonist Simon Currie introduces you to 16 funky sax phrases, that are shown to you with 2 cameras, and 6 great backing tracks. You will be show step by step how to play the phrases in a call his call response technique, with demonstrations on lip and finger slurs and funky tonguing techniques.
This course takes you through 16 phrases step by step, with funky backing tracks and on screen written music to guide you. We go through the Blues and Pentatonic scales, and they are displayed on the video during the exercises. There are “go solo” tracks with every new section that can be played with the video, and are are also downloadable.
This method is very easy for you to pick up the licks as they are repeated over and over again until you have got it. You can re-run the video if you find it useful, and will become more inventive, more fluid and more fun to listen to getting that sexy funky sax sound.
Simon Currie has toured the world with the musical giants, and is currently the saxophonist with Paul Jones and The Manfreds. He is also a very experienced sax teacher who is able to be very patient and methodical, introducing each lecture and demonstrating to you the next group of phrases and scales.
All the audio backing tracks are written and recorded by me or my team to promote the work and the artist and to facilitate students who want to learn more about their music.
Who this course is for:
- Students that would like to learn how to play the sax in a funky style, on tunes such as Pick up the Pieces and Happy by Pharell Williams
Simon Currie has been playing the saxophone since he was 11 years old, at the age of 20 he joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (uk) and played with them for 4 years, working with big names in jazz such as GEORGE SHEARING, MEL TORMÉ, PEGGY LEE, ROSEMARY CLOONEY, SHORTY ROGERS, KAY STARR, BROOK BENTON, AL MARTINO, JOHN WILLIAMS, JIMMY WITHERSPOON, VIC DAMONE and JOHNNY DANKWORTH.
He then worked in Monte Carlo with American musical GEORGE BENSON, STEVIE WONDER, DONNA SUMMER, LIZA MINELLI, THE THREE DEGREES, SAMMY DAVIES JNR, THE TEMPTATIONS, THE FOUR TOPS.
In 2001 he joined PAUL JONES AND THE MANFREDS (ex MANFRED MANN), and has been touring with them, backing guests such as CHRIS FARLOWE, PAUL YOUNG, ALLAN PRICE and PP ARNOLD.
Simon has released two solo albums entitled Monochrome To Colour and Time Lapse and two albums with Mike Hugg from the Manfreds, Sanctuary and Walk Through Tomorrow.
Since 1995 he has taught jazz and improvisation and has built up many great teaching techniques, creating an ever increasing list of professional musicians.