ONLINE SAX LESSON

Mornington Lockett is very active in music education. He runs a prototype jazz programme at the Junior Royal College Of Music and has enjoyed spells at Trinity and Leeds Colleges of Music. Mornington is a course leader on the annual Dordogne Jazz Summer School.


NEW SEPTEMBER 2010
FOR AN ARTICLE ON THE DORDOGNE JAZZ SUMMER SCHOOL
"INTENSIVE" GIANT STEPS WEEK
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FOR AN ACCOUNT OF
MORNINGTON'S
MASTERCLASS SERIES FOR SAX.CO.UK
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FREE SOLO TRANSCRIPTIONS
Tubby vs. Morny
CHECK OUT THE TUBBY HAYES SOLO FROM 'OPUS OCEAN' RECORDED IN NEW YORK IN 1961
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SEE MORNINGTON'S SOLO FROM 'OPUS OCEAN' FROM THE NEW JAZZ COURIERS' 'AZULE SERAPÉ' ALBUM RECORDED IN LONDON IN 2004
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The Online Saxophone Lesson was set up in 1999 for communicating with students, and as a chalkboard for working through new ideas
The original site is no longer active, following the demise of Yahoo Geocities, but there are plans to recreate it here at some future date



FROM THE ORIGINAL ONLINE SAXOPHONE LESSON

EXCERPT FROM JOHN COLTRANE'S CADENZA ON 'I WANT TO TALK ABOUT YOU'


The cadenza, from 'Live at Birdland' in 1963, is still as mind-blowing for me as the first first time I heard it. This excerpt is interesting, since it doesn't involve any of the 'textbook' Coltrane formulas (Giant Steps progressions, diminished scale, whole tone, tritone substitution etc... ), but instead seems to use a cycle of minor 7th arpeggios a major third apart: Gm7-Ebm7-Bm7. The Ebm7 arpeggio may have a tritone substitution ring about it (Gm - Gb13?), but the Bm7 shape definitely puts a spanner in the works, as far as any kind of Gm7-C7 functionality is concerned. I like the asymmetry, with 4, 5 and 6 note groupings, offsetting the symmetry of the major third axis.

This part of the construction appears to loop back on itself:

Coltrane also changes direction within the axis. Rather than simply follow the sequence: Bm-Ebm-Gm-Bm and so on, here he goes Bm-Ebm-Gm-Ebm-Gm-Bm. If you were looking for some new stuff to practice, you could make up loops and patterns by transposing the segment above by a major third in each direction, and combining the three phrases, using the possible combinations and changes of direction.

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