"I love blues and jazz and I am currently working through your Learn To Improvise, Series 1 course. The combination of the tracks you are using (all 5) and the impro part is awesome."
- Thomas Kuepper
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"Having been a musician for over 20 years and played jazz, I learnt more about improvisation with Matthew than I have ever done in the past."
- Richard Moore, Director of the Hull Big Band & semi-professional musician
What Is This Course?
This is the very first series in the Learn To Improvise method. It is a simple, step-by-step approach that enables you to learn to improvise on the saxophone and covers pieces in these styles:
- jazz saxophone
- pop saxophone
- blues saxophone
Your online sax tutor, Matthew Smith, is an experienced saxophone teacher and performer, with an easy, friendly and relaxed learning style.
Each of the 5 lessons is split into multiple, "bite size" videos to allow you to progress at your own pace. And, the beauty of having your saxophone lessons online is that you can access the videos whenever you like, you can take your time with each step and get the most out of your learning experience.
After completing this 1st series, you'll not only be able to freely improvise and sound great over 5 classic saxophone tracks, but you'll have taken your first steps to becoming an effortless saxophone improviser.
"In a very short space of time Matthew's raised my abilities and confidence beyond anything I ever expected. My only wish is that I'd have found him much sooner!"
- Dave Foy
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Some thoughts from your instructor...
Learn To Improvise, It's Easy!
Since graduating from music college in the UK in 2000, I have specialised in teaching jazz improvisation on the saxophone. And, although I have taught advanced techniques to University students, I have found that the largest number of pupils have been adult learners looking for a way in to the weird and wonderful world of improvising!
In my opinion, too often improvisation methods and tutorials get far too complicated much too quickly. Improvisation can be complicated, in depth, and require years of practise, but it doesn’t have to! There is an easy way in. You can sound really cool quickly and be extremely creative and expressive; this is the focus of my new SAXOPHONE Studies video course: Learn To Improvise, series 1.
Music is about expression, creativity and soulfulness. My course allows you to access all of those things within your playing in a simple and effective way without drowning you in complicated theory.
The method I use is really effective with intermediate saxophone players too. Often in the quest to get better, theory and technique is pursued at the expense of simple creativity. There is no point in being able to blast through a load of scales over some chords if you cannot create a simple melody.
I have found that by taking people right back to the basics, this allows them to develop playing with real meaning and intention. Because of this they sound more like themselves; what they play sounds more musical and more emotionally moving.
Working in this way won’t magically transform you into a jazz great playing like John Coltrane or Charlie Parker! But you will have begun the journey and you will be truly using your instrument as a creative tool.
Improvisation can be simple and accessible and it is for everyone.
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