Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tim Price Bloggin' for D'Addario Woodwinds- " WATCH IT SUCKER"....

   I continue to explore and learn all I can in the quest to develop my own musical voice. This is an account of a day in my life, and what’s behind the music via a profound the effect on my musical psyche.As I said, being a complete musician goes well beyond the notes. I’m grateful for that.
 ... Being a complete musician goes well beyond the notes.It involves more than just getting a degree, playing your instrument, and those aspects. More so, it includes, the day to day life of travel, prep before you travel, making sure your ducks are in a row on the daily agenda.Gas for the car, bus ticket, clothes and schedule. Anything short of that in today's environment is a loss on the player-performers game card. Yes, it's past the mouthpieces, or a five digit Selmer and the demo CD that your uncle Ralph paid for. It's called- day to day life. 

Watch it sucker, if your thinking differently. ha!! With all due to everyone at - SANFORD AND SON.

Think about it, true improvising has a completely different dimension to it. That element is “spontaneity”. This means that you are forced to create music right on the spot, without having any time to prepare anything in advance. Obviously, this kind of playing is challenging, both from the mental and physical standpoint. It is more challenging from the mental standpoint because you are forced to come up with cohesive musical ideas right as you are playing, without having any time to analyze which phrases will flow well together.

  I am often asked about scales used to solo over chord progressions in order to sound more creative and more original. My response is usually to shift focus more on developing your phrasing rather than simply learning new scales. Learning new scales only will produce limited results because THE WAY you play has not really changed. Improving your phrasing deals more with the actual element of HOW to play the notes rather than "what" notes to play. When it comes to phrasing, remember that it is all about the little nuances that can make ALL the difference. You can take 10 great sax improvisers and give them the same lick and chances are they will each make it sound a bit different using the nuances of phrasing when they play it. Learning new scales can make some difference of course, but when it comes to making your style more original and creative, improving your phrasing will make a much greater difference than simply learning 10 new scales. There are many approaches you can take to practicing phrasing. You can begin by developing all the different nuances and using different combinations of them when you play your phrases.

 Can you play these at 90 to 120 on your metronome?
 GET IN THERE AND REVIEW- get off Ebay buying mouthpieces-

All major scales
All minor scales (natural, harmonic, ascending melodic)
All (2) whole-tone scales
Pentatonic scales
Blues scales
All diminished scales
Chromatic scales
Bebop scales (ionian add #5; mixolydian add Maj.7; melodic minor add #5; mixolydian b2 b6 add Maj.7; dorian add Maj.7; locrian add Maj.7)
All of the above scales in 15 keys (7 sharp keys, 7 flat keys and the key of C)

SO- That's it for now- keep the music going and thank you for reading this blog. If you see a book or CD I have pictured in these blogs- GO READ OR LISTEN TO THEM! 

....Tim Price


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