As you go through the exercises

As you are working through these exercises, you’re probably going to find that near the ends of the range I cover in the exercises, things don’t always resolve perfectly or turn around in perfect numbers of notes, or cover the whole range of your instrument.

Use these pages as a guide and learn to play the scales and exercises in ways that feel musical to you – different rhythms and the like. This way, they’ll become part of your musical language.

Review: F# minor scales and 3rd exercises

Review the scale and in intervals of thirds. Strive for evenness and accuracy.

Do: D and F pentatonic scales and 3rds

The pentatonics are what I believe to be the “core” of the notes in the scale that are fundamental for jamming and improvising over major and minor keys. Learn them well.

Review: F# arpeggio exercises.

F# is a key with lots of sharps, and when reading these chords, a LOT of accidentals, too. Keep in mind, though, that the point of these exercises is to learn to read in every key. And play in every key.

Do: Eb arpeggio exercises

Definitely one of the more difficult keys for wind instruments – especially woodwinds like saxophone. But there are times you’ll be glad you practiced them!

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