Month: May 2017

Back to The Blues Scale

The Blues Scale is one of the most important scales to learn if you want to improvise with confidence.

In this episode of the Vlog I demonstrate how I go about practising the Blues Scale and just how useful it can be.


How to Warm Up

These videos from the Jazz at the Lincoln Centre are a GOLDMINE for any musician, no matter what your level.

I use a variant exercise of this called ‘the pivot’ – but this is a great way of warming up.


What is a Lydian Dominant Scale?

There are lots of Jazz Scales that have great names and the Lydian Dominant is one of them.

But what is a Lydian Dominant and how do you practice it?

Watch this video to find out how I work out on my Lydian Dominant Scales and what they have in common with a Melodic Minor and Altered Scale.

No Jazz Please, We’re British

‘No Jazz Please, We’re British’ was one of the most famous quips from my first sax teacher, Ray Wilkes.

Today marks two years since Ray passed away and in this episode of #DansVlog I talk about studying with Ray and reveal some ‘lost’ recordings of Ray playing in the 1950s