March 2016 Newsletter
Jason Justice Saxophone Studio NEWSLETTER March, 2016 Mardi Gras is over, time to double down on the basics! Fundamentals! Long tones, overtones, scales, metronome, embouchure, sight reading, these are some of the items we will be hitting this month. How is your...
Dorian Scales + the 9 for Saxophone (and how to use them!)
Here is a new video and scales based on a single octave dorian scale. Here is a link to the scales- Dorian plus 9 There is a cool Youtube play along link to try it on. A Dorian for alto, D Dorian for tenor- And here is my video on how to use these new tools!
RIP JT. A few words about Denver bassist Jimmy Trujillo.
RIP JT. A few words about Denver bassist Jimmy Trujillo. Last week Denver area bassist Jimmy Trujillo passed away due to a heart attack. I met J.T. when he and a couple of other players from Denver based Cojunto Colores coached a salsa band that my wife Andrea Merida...
Let the cats that can play help you with saxophone improvisation!
When I was a kid, I would put on Verve jazz records my Dad had and try to play along with the greats; Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Ahmad Jamal just to name a few. I would get home from school, put the albums on, and play in a very loud, free blowing way. There was...
Center, Play, Absorb, Move On. Developing a saxophone practice routine!
I have been fielding a number of questions recently about learning to improvise. Folks have been telling me various stories about how, what, and why they want to learn to play this horn. A basic theme is "how do I get from Point A to Point B without having to work on...
Chapter 1 of "Modes for Fun and Profit!"
This is the first chapter of my new technique book “Modes for Fun and Profit!” My goal is to expand your understanding of scale/modal/chordal structure and increase flexibility in your playing.
Gumbo le Funque Calendar
Come see the Funky-Dangerous sounds of the Big Easy with Gumbo le Funque. Here is where you can check out a show!
Congratulations RS Berkeley Musical Instruments on 10 Years!
One of the big honors I have had in my career is the association I have with RS Berkeley Musical Instruments. As they celebrate ten years in the industry, here is a little video I put together for the occasion!
Overtones (octave) Warm-ups for Saxophone
This exercise will help get your saxophone chops together in a hurry! Great for your embouchure, great for overall control. This is also the entryway to overtone and altissimo (above natural range of the horn) production. Here is what the Google says an overtone is-...
Blues Scales for Saxophone
Lets talk about the blues scale. For the saxophone player, a very important tool. And when used in the right places, a very hip sounding tool. I like to identify blues scales in two forms, a Major blues scale and the more traditional Minor blues scale. Here is the...