Learning from the Blues Sax Masters
To really develop our skills as improvisers and “blues players”, we need to understand the legendary players from this genre.
One of my favourites is Lee Allen.
Why is Lee Allen important?
Lee Allen is one of 4 legendary players we look at throughout the Blues Mastery for Saxophone course. His playing is so important for us to understand as we are learning improvising because it is simple, but so powerful.
Lee Allen used rhythm and clear melodic structures in his solos that just “work”. Also, during his career he helped shape the modern RnB saxophone sound that we have today. Along with other players from this period like Sam Butera and Red Prysock, Lee defined the sax sound that we associate with styles like Jump Jive, Rock and Roll and even Ska.
In this video I share a lesson from inside the Blues Mastery for Saxophone course.
Blues Mastery is a brilliant program for developing rock solid improvising skills. You will learn a framework in this course that makes the process of improvising much easier and helps to build your confidence.
Right now you can get Blues Mastery for Saxophone included with Sax School membership. Find out more here.
Listen to great Blues sax players
The best way to start getting a great “blues” sound on your sax is to do lots of listening. To help I’ve put together a playlist on Spotify of some of my favourite tracks. Check out my Blues Saxophone playlist on Spotify here.
Ready to develop more blues and improvising skills?
Inside the Sax School lesson library we have loads of lessons and courses that will get you playing authentic sounding blues fast. Plus, you’ll learn the tips, tactics and techniques that you can use to confidently perform in any blues style. Ready to get started? Find out more here.