My first post here, so just wandering if you could help a fellow sax player out. I've been playing for a number of years (11!) and I was always taught in quite a traditional manner, going up through the grades up until 8. I never could get a good grasp at theory, and even at A-Level I struggled big time. I could play but theory wise I was useless!
Anyway, I'd like to get a good foundation in improvising, so was wondering if anyone has any good recommendations for improvising books. I can improvise up and down a scale ok, but it's when chord changes are put in every bar, I end up panicking and throwing in the towel! If I'm given a blues scale, I'm fine but anything more complicated and I can't get my head around it. A while ago I purchased Jamey Aerbersold's 'Maiden Voyage'. Really like the pieces in there but I can only improvise over the most basic of tracks - i.e. with a blues scale.
Has anybody got an recommendations for improvising books that don't throw you in at...
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The subject of Coltrane comes up on here every so often, so I thought it best to provide a place to air those opinions instead of us cluttering up other folks threads..
This is purely my own idiosyncratic viewpoint, I'm not trying to be populist here and give you a general introduction to his music, just pointing out some aspects of his playing that may not be immediately apparent. I'm not trying to convert anyone to Coltrane fandom, just showing that there's more to him than you may be (un)familiar with.... feel free to disagree (and I'm sure you will)
When people say they don't like John Coltrane I sometimes wonder if they've just not heard the right bits of his lengthy discography. Of course it's not compulsory to like him and there are many other sax players to like, and even fans like me don't like everything he's done over his varied career, nor am I familiar with every recording he's made -...
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