We’ve all heard our favorite guitarists talk about how much horn players influence their playing. Listen to any of the great jazz, blues or rock guitarists and you’ll hear improvisational approaches and lines inspired — if not copped directly - from the lines of great saxophone and horn players like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter to the more contemporary players like Branford Marsalis, the Brecker Brothers, Clarence Clemons and Bill Evans.
Bill Evans' 30 Sax Licks for Guitar You Must Know will infuse your playing with 30 versatile, tasty saxophone licks that will majorly spice up your own improvisations. Bill cherry-picked this collection just for jazz, blues and rock guitarists who can then tweak, twist and combine them to make them their own.
Bill is a world-class, Grammy Award winning saxophonist and producer who made his debut on the international music scene in the 1980’s, at the tender age of 21, with Miles Davis. Bill has 25 solo albums to date and today performs with the likes of the Allman Brothers, Warren Haynes & Gov’t Mule, Robben Ford, Randy Brecker, Medeski Martin and Wood, and Umphrey’s McGee to name just a few of the artists that invite Bill to join them on stage.
“I've had the privilege over the years of playing with some really great guitar players. People such as John McLaughlin, Steve Lukather, Warren Haynes, John Scofield, and Mike Stern. In my conversations with all these guys, there's always been one very common thing that they'd talk about, and that was saxophone lines. They'd say to me, ‘I really love to listen to saxophone players and learn their saxophone lines.’ I’m thrilled to now present this collection of sax licks to the guitar world at large!”
To optimize the educational value of the course, Bill invited his long-time friend and frequent bandmate, Mike Stern to contribute to the course by demonstrating Bill’s sax licks on the guitar.
“I'm very ecstatic to have one of my favorite guitar players in the world on this course with me, Mike Stern, who knows the language backwards and forwards; and when I say the language, I mean blues, jazz, rock, and improvisation, with few people as versatile as Mike Stern. He's here to help me demonstrate the sax licks on the guitar. I'll play through the lick twice, then Mike will take over, and then we'll play them together and finish by going through the fingering on the guitar.”
Both Bill and Mike demonstrate the licks over rhythm tracks and then Mike breaks the licks down, emphasizing the key concepts and techniques employed in the performance of the lick on the fretboard.
All of the licks are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can loop and/or slow any section down as you work through the lessons. Plus, Bill generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar and let’s sax up our jazz, blues and rock licks with Bill Evans!