My saxophone teacher at the University Of Pittsburgh, Dr. Nathan Davis, developed a series of exercises he called, "The Holy Six." Each exercise has a practical musical application and also builds fundamental technique. Holy Six #1 is a series of … [Read more...]
Top Secret Patterns (shhh, they’re free!)
Patterns are a great way of putting scales to work. Not only do they get you out of any do-re-mi rut, they expand your musical vocabulary. They also expand your mind by forcing you to think about systems within systems—and sometimes within … [Read more...]
Who Else Wants To Master the Diminished Scale?
The diminished scale is an extremely creative tool. Due to the diminished chord's symmetrical structure of stacked minor thirds, we have two options of diminished scales: half step-whole step and whole step-half step. A major benefit to this … [Read more...]