Improvising tracks for music students

To play any musical instrument well you need to practice. The more you play the better you get, and the better you get the more you enjoy it.

These music tracks are designed to help you become creative with what you play and to practice for longer periods of time so you become comfortable with your instrument. I am a self taught saxophone player and learned to play as a busker. Going busking meant that I had an audience and had to play as well as I could. As well as learning songs to keep the audience interested, I needed to know my scales in all musical keys. That way I could get to know where my fingers were going and feel confident to jam with other musicians, no matter what key they were playing in. Many songs have key changes within them, usually going up by a semi tone or a full tone, so being able to play in all keys is essential.

If you’re a beginner, learn your basic major and minor scales and play them slowly along with the music until they are accurate. You will need to know the names of the notes on the instrument, and a beginners music theory book will tell you that information. I have included the names of the notes within the major and minor scales as a chart and it’s up to you to memorise the sounds so you can play them without reading them in order to jam spontaneously. Some keys are easier than others, so start with the easy ones. These music tracks will help keep you in time with the music and you can choose the groove that suits your mood. If you know your major and minor scales (there are many others) use the tracks to practice improvising and make good use of what knowledge you have.

Happy practicing,
Anne.