Ever hear a bluesy growl or wailing saxophone solo and think, that would be fun to play! Or do you wonder where in your solo would you play that? From to Johnny Hodges, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, to Kenny Garrett, John Coltrane, Michael Brecker and Chris Potter this workshop will examine some major influences of the jazz language and some newer players taking it even further. I will show you an altissimo fingering system that works on any saxophone, some alternative sounds (multiphonics, scoops, bends, glissandos, vibrato, growling) and how you can add these to your improvisational palette. We will take samples of great saxophonist’s solos and distill them into a stylistic device you can take into your own playing. We will apply what we learn in a blues and rhythm changes progression. Charts, detailed instructions and practice techniques provided.
Requirements: Your Saxophone. A basic understanding and ability to play the saxophone range chromatically from low Bb to High F.
Recommended: ability to play the first 3 overtones in the overtone series on low Bb, B and C. A few reeds in your regular reed size. A reed half a size harder and a reed half a size softer. A willingness to squeak and squak!