Andy McGhee: Improvisation For Saxophone - The Scale/Mode Approach

Andy McGhee: Improvisation For Saxophone - The Scale/Mode Approach

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Expand the creative breadth of your soloing. Since its original publication in 1974, this book has been a treasured improvisation resource for players worldwide. These step-by-step exercises and explanations will help you develop your ear and improve your soloing technique. You will learn the intimate relationships between modes and chords, practicing licks and solos that grow out of their underlying harmonies and sound natural for the tune.

You will learn:

    * How to use the distinctive qualities associated with modes and scales for more expressive soloing
    * Relationships between scales and chords
    * Licks typical of each mode and scale
    * Solos built on the different modes and scales
    * How to improvise over common jazz progressions


Improvisation for Saxophone/Flute by Andy McGhee was my primary source of reference during my years of study at Berklee. I was able to progress at an alarming rate under Andy's watchful eyes and ears, and his practice journal provided me with a logical and progressive method that was an invaluable resource for me towards my development." Greg Osby, Jazz Saxophonist


Book, 128 pages



Author and jazz master Andy McGhee has taught at Berklee since 1966, before which he toured with Lionel Hampton and Woody Herman. He has taught thousands of musicians to improvise, including luminaries such as Bill Pierce, Javon Jackson, Donald Harrison, Antonio Hart, Richie Cole, Greg Osby, Jaleel Shaw, and Ralph Moore.