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Jazz Riffs in C......for anyone who is interested....

Mike

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My playing of the saxophone is always here or there and I figured others may get something
out of some of the things I know which could potentially benefit them in some way or another.

If anyone is interested I will be most happy to supply some riffs that may possibly
help some along in their saxophone study.
I simply would like to help some out there if indeed they enjoy these and it helps them to incorporate them into their style of play.


What's important is that these riffs allow you to build your own from the style I've selected.
If some would like more, simply let me know here and I'll produce them.


In any event the riff is on Box.com
https://www.box.com/s/yqkgtc1c0umbl0r9bl7x


What I did was I played the riff the first time very slow so you could get it by ear.
The second time is how it should sound, more or less, after you get it down and understand
how to use it. This riff is in C and it's a mixture of both blues and bebop/jazz. I feel it's more important that it's learned by ear than by notation to immediately visualize it.
Once you get it down, naturally,you can transpose. Once it's under your fingers try to alter it to your liking because it allows many alternatives depending upon imagination.

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Let me also add to this, it's a good practice for mobility to........Let's say it's in C...
A fundamental passage, or launching pad, is to play the arpeggio....C-E-G and immediately go up to the octave C and go chromatically down... (C-B-Bb-A)-G-F-E-D-C-B-A-G-F-E.....for instance.
This is huge in jazz improvisation and it's something that you hear extensively. The first riff could easily append right onto this one.
https://www.box.com/s/lnjhadn0tmg1z6v2ez6g


In any event do with them as you wish and I hope someone can get something out of their use. I'd be most happy to extend anything I know that could help shed some light on improvisation. I'm not getting into chord structure, or anything like that. I assume that there are more than just jazz players here who play modally.
The riffs above work for any element of improvisation.
 
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Wade Cornell

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Yea, those sound pretty familiar. Nice of you to make these accessible for folks to try out.
 

Mike

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Those two riffs are essentially the essence of the bebop tradition. Flatted 9th (C#) for instance which I use all the time.
There isn't enough room on this post to name every great player who used/use them. However, they can easily be assimilated into any genre which is why I kept the harmonic function within one key.

It's not about response or thanks, I assure you. I would simply enjoy providing a helping hand, however small, especially with such a withering economy where some aspiring saxophonist's may not be able to afford a teacher. If they're not clear enough, or whatever reason, anyone could PM me.

They're here to use.
 

gladsaxisme

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Those two riffs are essentially the essence of the bebop tradition. Flatted 9th (C#) for instance which I use all the time.
There isn't enough room on this post to name every great player who used/use them. However, they can easily be assimilated into any genre which is why I kept the harmonic function within one key.

It's not about response or thanks, I assure you. I would simply enjoy providing a helping hand, however small, especially with such a withering economy where some aspiring saxophonist's may not be able to afford a teacher. If they're not clear enough, or whatever reason, anyone could PM me.

They're here to use.
Thanks for this Mike did you see my plea for this type of thing in an earlier post I'm really struggling with the improvisation thing and I can't understand why,not been able to access the box yet on the old iPad but am looking forward to seeing what you've put down....John
 

Mike

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Thanks for this Mike did you see my plea for this type of thing in an earlier post I'm really struggling with the improvisation thing and I can't understand why,not been able to access the box yet on the old iPad but am looking forward to seeing what you've put down....John
Actually, no John, I didn't see your post, but I'm sure we could get you going with phrasing. Let me know if you're having problems with the file.
This applies to anyone, that if Box.com is not good for anyone, please pm me with your e-mail and I'll send the file directly,no problem.We'll have you soloing in no time!
 

visionari1

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Hello Mike,

LIke John, I find this interesting and would like to listen to this, I have a box account and downloaded the ipad app for to view, but so far not able to hear....so will try the laptop a (Macbook Pro) and if no joy will PM you
Cheers
Jimu
 
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