Alto Saxophone Improvisation Tips

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Familiarizing yourself with different genres of music is the first step towards successful saxophone improvisation. Get alto saxophone improvisation tips with help from a saxophonist in this free video clip.

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My name is Mike Eyia. I'm a Freelance Saxophonist base in Los Angeles, California. I freelance around L.A. with a lot of different groups, do a lot of work in the studio, do a lot of work on the road. Today, we're going to discuss some alto saxophone improvisational tips. The first thing you want to do is really familiarize yourself with the genres of music that musicians improvise; Jazz, Funk, R and B, things like that. Listen to the greats. You want to listen to a lot of Charlie Parker, he's very influential; Cannonball Adderley, Nick Coleman, maybe even some more contemporaries alto-saxo players like David Sanborn. Listen to these guys; listen to what they do. Try and capture their style of playing and you can, you can use that in your own soloing as a starting point. Something else that you want to try to do is understand your knowledge of chords. You want to know what a C dominant 7 means; the notes that are in that chord. Once you're familiar with that, you can see a C7 on a piece of paper and you'll know all these things that you can play when you're improvising over a C7. My name is Mike Eyia and that is alto saxophone improvisation tips.

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