You Can Play Jazz Saxophone
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You Can Play Jazz Saxophone

Learn to improvise with very easy step by step jazz phrases, with playing exercises and great backing tracks.
4.6 (9 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
40 students enrolled
Created by Simon Currie
Last updated 8/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • Improvise like a "pro"on the Blues scale.
  • Be able to improvise with other musicians.
  • Be relaxed when playing jazz with other people.
  • have a good idea about the Blues.
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Requirements
  • Alto or Tenor Saxophone
  • It would be helpful for the students to know the notes in the G blues Scale for alto players and the C blues scale for tenor players
Description

This course is aimed at students that have not improvised before, the technique consists of teaching you 16 jazz phrases, based on the blues scale, and can be used in a modular fashion, like a pick and mix. It is done in a call and response manor, I play and you copy, this will give you the confidence to improvise.It has step by step specially designed playing exercises, with pop-up written music and great backing tracks, superbly demonstrated by Simon.
Start Improvising To Express Your Musical Self
Each 15 minute video lesson is broken into 4 parts-
1) Introduction of the 4 new phrases.
2) Call and response with Simon.
3) A demonstration from Simon.
4) Then an opportunity to “go solo” with the backing track.
It will encourage you to memorise music
Some musicians are fearful of memorising music and this technique takes away the fear of getting it wrong, after all jazz is playing wrong notes in the write way.
Content and Overview
At the end of this course of 5 lessons, you will be able to improvise on the blues scale in a cool and “pro” manor, by taking my suggested phrases and your own to ideas for your performance.

About the instructor

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 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.
      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 has taught jazz and improvisation  and has built up many great teaching techniques, creating an ever increasing list of professional musicians.  


Who is the target audience?
  • Saxophonists that want an easy and fun introduction to jazz improvisation.
  • Saxophone Grade 1 standard and upwards.
  • Students that want to express them selves musically through improvisation.
  • Musicians that are fearful of improvising.
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Curriculum For This Course
6 Lectures
01:16:05
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The introduction of 16 blues scale phrases played in a jazzy style.
6 Lectures 01:16:05

This is the introduction, demonstration and course description by Simon Currie.

Preview 01:44

Students will learn the first 4 phrases, play 2x 5 minute exercises with them.

Preview 15:24

Students will add another 4 phrases, and play 2x 5 minute exercises.

You Can Play Jazz Saxophone Unit 2
15:37

Students will add 4, 2 bar phrases, with exercises.

You Can Play Jazz saxophone Unit 3
15:20

Students will add another 4, 2 bar phrases, which will total 16 phrases, and 2x 5 minute exercises.

You Can Play Jazz Saxophone Unit 4
14:50

Demonstration of all 16 phrases mixed in together, then a chance to "go solo" with the backing track.

You Can Play Jazz Saxophone Unit 5
13:10
About the Instructor
Simon Currie
4.6 Average rating
9 Reviews
40 Students
1 Course
Professional Musician and Educator.

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.