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In part one (1 of 2) of this "harmonic improvisation" saxophone lesson, acclaimed saxophonist Doug Webb shows you how to improvise musically through changes without patterns and licks. Doug discusses and demonstrates how to embellish jazz harmony using scale choices, superimposed chords, shifting tonalities and more. If you want to break free of your patterns and truly create some fresh harmonic ideas on your instrument, this saxophone masterclass series is for you.
NOTE: There is a PDF bundled with the "purchase" version of this video (not the $8.99 "rental" version), which contains the embedded notation seen in the masterclass. If you want to buy this 2-part series at a discount, you can get the entire bundle here!
Topics Covered: Saxophone, Jazz Harmony, Improvisation, Resolving Dominant Chords, Altered Scale, Diminished Scale, Whole Tone Scale, Line Cliches, Harmonic Minor, Jazz Melodic Minor, Blues Scale, Time, Feel, Momentum, Transcription, Practicing, Reharmonization, Superimposing Chords, Playing with Conviction, Playing “Outside”, Giant Steps Changes, Alternate Changes, Etc.
Doug Webb was born in Chicago and moved to California at the age of 3. He is a graduate of Edison high school in Huntington Beach, CA and received a Bachelor of Music from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. He began playing the clarinet at the age of 8 and added saxophone and flute at 15. He lives in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife Alex and his son, Ryan.
Over his career Webb has played and recorded with such notable talents as Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Sal Marquez, Stanley Clarke, Quincy Jones, Mat Marucci, Kyle Eastwood, Billy Childs, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, Art Davis, Kenny Rogers, Bonnie Raitt, Pancho Sanchez and Vikki Carr. He played with the house band for the Dennis Miller TV show, the Jimmy Cleveland orchestra and continues to tour with the Doc Severinsen big band. He has recorded music for hundreds of movies and television programs. He solos on the sound track for Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby and Jersey Boys. Webb has been featured on hundreds of recordings.