Dan Forshaw

  • We’ve covered the A to Z of Bebop course, now it’s your turn to post a recording of you playing one of the tracks. Ideally at 100% and without another saxophone player, but I’ll take what you can do!

  • Joel Frahm is one of my favourite contemporary saxophonists.  A big man with a big sound and bags of technique this is a great track to introduce you to the man from Wisconsin.

    This track, ‘Welcome Blues’ is a 12 bar blues in F concert and is mostly played as unaccompanied solo saxophone. The transcription project is broken up into sixteen clips…[Read more]

  • Hi Ian

    Welcome to the website and forum. Take things slowly and remember the beauty of the site is you can hit pause and work at your own pace!

  • Hi Jamie

    I’d suggest applying some of it to a transcription project.

    There’s around twenty on the site now, so take your pick

  • Hi Ben you’re always welcome to share your own Potter playlist!

  • Hi Gunter! I think the forum is a little quiet at the moment as it is the end of summer – come on the rest of you, what are we all working on?

  • Tenor Madness is the only known recording of two of the greatest ever saxophonists, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane playing together.
    It is a simple 12 bar blues form, with a (relatively) simple melody.  The […]

  • ‘Bleeding Gums Murphy’ (RIP) said that playin’ the Blues isn’t about feeling better, it’s about making ‘other people feel worse!’
    Joking aside, the sax player who gave Bleeding Gums his voice, LA session player […]

  • As a saxophonist I can often be lazy when it comes to learning chord changes – after all with a Real Book, the iRealB App or just the fact that I don’t HAVE to play the chords can allow me to ‘ignore the […]

  • Groovin’ High is a 1945 composition by trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.
    The song is a complex musical arrangement based on the chord structure of the 1920 standard originally recorded by Paul Whiteman, “Whispering”, […]

  • Whilst it’s not strictly a ‘Bebop’ tune, Four, (possibly composed by Miles Davis in 1954, although authorship is disputed) is still a challenge and contains some great jazz language.
    The song is a ABAC form and […]

  • So it’s time for the most important letter in the Alphabet, letter ‘D’
    Donna Lee is credited to Charlie Parker, (although Miles Davis claimed it in his autobiography as one of his own, which, may or may not be […]

  • So it’s time for the most important letter in the Alphabet, letter ‘D’
    Donna Lee is credited to Charlie Parker, (although Miles Davis claimed it in his autobiography as one of his own, which, may or may not be […]

  • We’re on our third Charlie Parker tune for this course and it’s probably the hardest one we’re going to do, ‘Confirmation.’
    Confirmation was composed in 1946 by Parker and is quite a challenging tune to get […]

  • Billie’s Bounce is a fantastic blues head composed by Charlie Parker in 1945.  If you want to take your blues language to the next level, then get stuck in!

    Download Lead Sheets

    Alto Lead Sheet

    Tenor […]

  • Letter A is Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie’s ‘Anthropology’, a burn-out head over the changes to George Gershwin’s ‘I got rhythm’.
    Anthropology is also known as ‘Thriving on a Riff’ and was composed in 1945 […]

  • At least 85%, possibly as high as 95% of Bebop tunes are ‘heads’ written over songs from musicals and shows of the 1930’s and 40’s.
    Musicians such as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie did this to avoid paying […]

  • In our beginners course lesson eight I will show you how to play Arpeggios and Minor Scales.
    One thing I want you to do is to not get ’emotionally involved’ with your scales.  By that I mean don’t hate or […]

  • In this Beginners saxophone lesson seven I am going to show you the notes in the upper octave of the saxophone.
    These notes are relatively easy to obtain as they are the same fingering positions as the lower […]

  • We move onto Lesson Six and it has taken five lessons before we’ve even got to any written music – see Lesson 1 if you’re not sure why!
    In this lesson I will introduce you to the treble clef and the concepts […]

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