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    Hey I really needed to know about which sites I could find jazz licks and patterns, my teacher says i need to learn some for alto sax.
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    http://www.neffmusic.com/cms/index.php


    Steve Neff's PDF books have enough material to keep you busy for years.

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    Also try some recordings.

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    JL has a good point. Grab something you like off a recording - something short at first. figure it out, then learn it in as many keys as you can (12 ideally).

    Happy birthday, Twinkle Twinkle, National anthem quotes, anything you know can be a "pattern" for the purpose of becoming fluent in all keys. And fluency is THE key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by super20freak
    Hey I really needed to know about which sites I could find jazz licks and patterns, my teacher says i need to learn some for alto sax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanCraven
    JL has a good point. Grab something you like off a recording - something short at first. figure it out, then learn it in as many keys as you can (12 ideally).

    Happy birthday, Twinkle Twinkle, National anthem quotes, anything you know can be a "pattern" for the purpose of becoming fluent in all keys. And fluency is THE key.
    I'd say learn it in all 12 no matter what. Even if you have to write it out instead of using your ear. We can't stress enough about how important this technique is. Learn things in every key and learn them in as many octaves as you can do.

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    I'm working on a DVD that gets into using and transcriptions and patterns. It will be ready in a couple weeks.
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    Tim Price's material is pretty good for that purpose. I specially became fond of the 1-5#-3 / 1-5-3 excersises, if you practice that kind of thing you'll get your fingers moving and learning =)

    (I can't remember the name of the excersise..I hope you can identify the one I'm talking about hehe)

    Listening to records is THE excersise, though; the jazz idiom has certain particularities you should hear rather than read.
    Good thing that "spit" and "wind" are only related in the instruments department...

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