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20 Saxophone Tricks of the Trade on the App Store

20 Saxophone Tricks of the Trade by Mario Cerra is now available on the App Store

A new Saxophone App with plenty of tricks and tips is now available on the App Store for the iPad & iPhone in English and Spanish. Award winner saxophonist Mario Cerra (Boston, USA) explains and demonstrates 20 musical concepts and sax tricks & tips that you can easily add to your playing.

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20 Saxophone Tricks Of The Trade will provide you with plenty of resources to land your next gig. Use your new hot licks to impress fellow musicians, family and friends and promote your music career!

Here’s a complete list of topics in this app:
Lester: Using overtones to create a variety of tonal colors
Mix Them Up: Using overtones to create a variety of colors
Side D: Three different fingerings for the middle D
Dexter: Effect for Bb-G trill
John’s way: Example of multiphonics
The Wolf: How to make your horn growl
Slide: Glissando, or bending notes
Ghosts: Ghosting and accenting notes for great articulation
The “Cannon” Effect: Great combination of trills
S-S-P: Skip-Step concept on pentatonic scale
S-S-B: Skip-Step concept on blues scale
Jazz it up: How to produce an essential accent in jazz
Tension: Using a pentatonic scale on altered dominant chords
Release: Using a pentatonic scale on Maj 7th chords
Blues and Motives: Creating strong motives within the blues scale
Four and One: Playing four consecutive 8th notes and one 8th rest
Three on Four: Rhythmic displacement: 3/4 over 4/4
Five on Four: Rhythmic displacement: 5/4 over 4/4
Flashy: Bend and trill
Pure Expression: How to practice vibrato

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Decoding the Circle of Fifths Chart description

mDecks: Decoding the Circle of fifths chart

Decoding the Circle of Vths Chart

The “Decoding The Circle of Vths” Chart is laid out as a poster sized page of
18 x 24
. In high resolution PDF format.

The chart is organized in six sections:

  • The Circle and the Mode/Transposition Formula
  • Symmetry and Inversions over the circle
  • Limited-Mode Structures
  • Most Common Source Scales and their Modes
  • Secondary & Substitute Dominants
  • Small Structures. Useful subsets candidates

Every structure is graphed over the circle of 5ths with its modal vector and the
M (# modes) number for that structure. All structure of limited mode are included in the chart. Major, Melodic and Harmonic minor and their modes. Small structures such as triads and tetrads are also included.

There are endless ways to apply the concepts presented in the “Decoding the Circle of Vths” chart. From jazz improvisation and voicings to tonal and atonal music composition and theory, many exercises and studies can be designed using this graphical approach to musical structures over the circle of fifths.

The eBook. Contents:
1. A formal intruduction to the concept and nomenclature. Definitions of modal structures, normal vectors, structure transformations and more, with examples and exercises for each one.
2. A description of the “Decoding the Circle Vths” chart’s layout and how to use it when applying the concept.
3. A set of exercises and ideas on how to apply the chart and concept to Jazz improv, Voicings, Composition and Arranging.
4. A brief manual on how to use the mCircle online software.
5. An appendix with worksheets for studying and applying the concept.

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