These exercises have definitely got me un-stuck
from the learning plateau where I’ve dwelt lo these past few years. Worth every penny too!
After 8 weeks of paying dues - diligent attention and daily practice – my improvisation has improved noticeably!
I’m not consciously dialing-up the exercise licks, but now myriad note combinations are in my toolbox, like words in a vocabulary. Exploring combinations of useful note sequences in all keys in a focused manner has helped me gain better control of the horn.
Before these lessons I felt frustrated and trapped inside linear scales and blues patterns. I’d tried other approaches but still felt lame when it was my turn to solo.
Sure I could rip out a pentatonic scale when needed but it was all ‘inside’ stuff. Now I feel able to think a melody and play it no matter where I am on the horn!
From any given note, I feel confident going north or south in leaps and bounds and saying something too!
I try playing tunes I already know in one key and find it’s a snap to transpose; I swear it wasn’t that easy 2 months ago. Best of all - what I’m playing is beginning to sound like genuine jazz.
Finally I know how to practice! You helped me find The Path again – Thanks!"
- Dave C, Saxophone