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Back & BeBop – A Guide Tone Exercise

April 20, 2021

If you look at the last two bars of “The French Suite No. 5” by Bach, you see how he uses the guide tones of a chord to imply what the chord is. The guide tones are the three and the seven of every chord. These two notes played against the root create a melody […]

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The Shape of Melody

March 18, 2021

Visualization: The Secret to Improvising

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Learning to Circular Breathe to Enhance Jazz Saxophone Performance

February 9, 2021

Circular breathing is an extended technique used by performers when there is no place in a musical passage to take a breath.

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Learning to Sub-Tone, Growl, and Use Split-Tones to Enhance Jazz Saxophone Performance

October 19, 2020

Special techniques which add a great deal of expressiveness and excitement to a performance.

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Dominant Decision: The Lydian Dominant

May 21, 2020

Some examples of how master jazz improvisers use the Lydian dominant sound

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Dominant Decision

March 18, 2020

An exploration of how Jimmy Heath and Dexter Gordon navigate some common cadences.

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Exercises for Developing a Great Jazz Saxophone Tone

May 8, 2019

Developing a great jazz tone is one of the most important aspects in learning to play the saxophone.

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Pop and Jazz: The Difference

January 4, 2019

What is the difference between taking a solo in Bruce Springsteen’s band and the Art Blakey band? Let’s explore the Mixolydian Mode and how the use of it makes one sound like a jazz saxophonist as opposed to a rock sax player.

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The ‘Void Note’

November 16, 2018

Miles Donahue talks improvisation using the Mixolydian Mode.

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‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and – Confirmation – Ear Training for the Jazz Musician

November 30, 2017

By Miles Donahue The intuitive side of music is the natural ability we are born with that enables us to remember what we hear and accumulate vocabulary without benefit of intellectual study. Van Cliburn, who in 1958 and was the winner of the Tchaikovsky piano competition in Moscow, was only three years old when he […]

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