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How To Play All the Pentatonic Scales On The Fretboard

If you have worked on the first lesson of this series I have good news for you! You have already mastered how to play all the pentatonic scales! They are just hidden within the diatonic.

Listen to Yourself and Play What You Like

Ali and Joyce Di Camillo

Watch this quick clip from Ali Ryerson's recent Jazz Flute Seminar for her heartfelt advice on the importance of listening to oneself -- and the happy insight to play what you like. 

Looking for more flute inspiration? We have some excellent options:

How To Play All the Diatonic Scales On The Fretboard

Playing scales is something that every guitar player has experienced before and it’s definitely something we should master. Every time I am working with a student I like to review scales and show some tricks to make someone think faster or in a different way about whatever scale they are working on.

How To Learn Any Instrument Using Your Voice

Learning to play new pieces can be difficult, but with the right tools and determination it can be a lot easier than you would think!

Introducing the Thursday Guitar Guide: Blues Guitar

We're happy to present the first video in our Thursday Guitar Guide series! Check back on Thursdays at 4pm for our weekly video releases. This week we have Professor Sher sharing an introduction to Blues Guitar and how to achieve a more jazzy sound. 

Vocal Tips for Improvisation

The art of vocal improvisation is not just used in Jazz today! In fact, having the tools and techniques of improv can also help you in Pop/Rock/R&B, Country, Gospel, and Musical Theater.  While scatting may be the norm in jazz, there are many other styles and types of improv you can incorporate into your songs. Here are some tips to help get you started with vocal improvising today!

How to Practice Funk Riffs

Lots of students tend to play what they know best and avoid getting out of their comfortable zone! I always bug my students to learn something new every week and I don't mean working on new songs that tend to use the same chords - but really working on a drill, applying variations and then creating riffs with those drills.

For example, let’s pick a B minor scale and create a funk riff: (B C# D E F# G A)

Classical Sax vs. Pop/Rock Sax: Move Your Ligature!

When you're first getting into different styles of music on saxophone, usually a teacher suggests that you have different mouthpieces, one for classical playing, one for jazz, and another for pop, rock and similar styles. That's definitely good advice, but something teachers don't always talk about is the idea that you can make more changes to your sound by moving your ligature to different positions on your mouthpiece.


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