FORGET ME NOTS – Learn The Sax Solo (Patrice Rushen – Gerald Albright) #73

Saxophonist Jamie Anderson

 

Hi, I’m pro saxophonist Jamie Anderson and
you’re watching Get Your Sax Together. I sax up your Sunday every week with
technique tips player profiles, tips on playing great solos and, of course, my
famous breakdowns of the world’s best loved sax lines. In today’s free online
sax lesson you’ll be learning how to play one of the funkiest tastiest most
memorable sax solos of all time and that’s Gerald Albright’s burning tenor
solo on Forget Me Nots by Patrice Rushen. Forget Me Nots is
featured on singer/keyboardist Patrice Rushen’s 1982 album straight from the
heart and was famously sampled by Will Smith for the men in black film. The
funky sax solo is by LA session god Gerald Albright, and it is not easy I’m
afraid folks! Many of you might struggle with this one even on alto especially
the first phrase which is mega high so apologies for that but it’s one of my
favourite solos of all time and at the end of the day it’s my channel and I
love it so much that I’m gonna do it anyway! lol Before we dive into the fiendish
first phrase remember to go down into the description for this video and click
the link to get your free pdf sheet music for Forget Me Nots which looks
like this…

 

It’s beautiful and it’s written out for alto and tenor sax with
all the phrase numbers marked in. In another life I’m a bit of a music
copyist so believe me these PDFs have a lot of love put into them! OK let’s get
straight on and learn the first phrase now. As I’ve already mentioned this is
super high so you might do better to take it down the octave. However if you
want to give it a go the fingerings shown are for the altissimo notes. Here
it is, played in slow motion for you to learn… Like I said don’t panic with this one if
you can’t scream it out upstairs, just take it down the octave. Just before we
move on to the second phrase though, I wanted to quickly mention my free
saxophone success masterclass. It’s a completely free and exclusive one hour
video lesson with loads of in-depth teaching to help you improve your tone,
improvise a great solo, design a structured practice routine so you don’t
waste your time and there’s loads of other super cool
tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over the years as well.

 

I’m telling you
there’s no fluff or padding this is 60 minutes of solid in-depth teaching to
transform your playing. I’m not sure why I’m giving it away for free to be honest
but there we go, all the better for you the link is in the description or you
can visit www.getyoursaxtogether.com/mastercalss Okay, without further ado let’s look at phrase two now. Thankfully, this one’s a
bit easier! lol Here it is played nice and slowly and watch out for all those ghosted notes in brackets that are quieter than the other notes… Oof! That one is funky as
you like when it’s played up to tempo actually while we’re on the topic of
funky sax, let’s get some healthy debate going on in the comments then – what’s
your favorite funky sax moment of all time?
I’d say my top faves are this one, Wilton Felder on street life, Brecker on
native New York, Ernie Watts on the dude and about another 100 I haven’t mentioned –
but I want to know what YOURS are and if one is popular enough I’ll even cover it
on the channel! While we’re at it if you’ve never watched to the end of these
YouTube videos keep watching right to the end this time and let me know what
you think of the Get Your Sax Together funky outdo music cos I bloody love it! lol ok
moving on then here’s phrase 3 Apart from the major scale coming up in
the next phrase, every note in this solo is from a concert F# minor blues
pentatonic scale, that’s a G# minor blues scale for tenor and a D# minor
blues scale for alto and you can see this if you go down into the description and
click the link to get your free pdf.

 

So if you want to get to grips with
pentatonics and with the blues scale used in this solo, which I’d highly recommend,
check out my video linked on the card up there now. Phrase 4 is taken from a B
major scale for tenor F# major for alto, and it goes like this That’s such a great example of the
importance of learning your major scales folks! If you get bored practicing scales
or you don’t know how to do it effectively, check out my scales practice
video linked up there now. Phrase 5 and phrase six are actually one phrase but
I’ve split it into two phrases to make it easier to learn. Now here’s a hot tip –
the next phrase, phrase five is exactly the same as the start of phrase three,
but starting on beat two, proving that this is definitely a pattern that Gerald
Albright uses or used systematically in his solos. Spoiler alert
coming up – everyone uses pre-programmed licks folks, if you’re worried about
being formulaic, get over it! Here’s phrase five in slow motion… As I mentioned, phrase five flows
straight into phrase six and anyone that’s got their eagle eye on will
notice that beats two and three of this final phrase are exactly the same as beats
two and three of the previous phrase except down the octave.

 

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Like I said – everyone
uses pre-prepared licks! So that’s it – we’ve got all the phrases
covered now but just before I play this through for you at full battle speed
it’s worth noting that this whole solo only uses one blues scale and one major
scale, but it still sounds absolutely amazing! If you want some advice on how
to sound great using only a few notes like Gerald Albright does in this solo,
then check out the video linked up there now, where I give you three tips on how
to sound better when you solo WITHOUT learning any new notes or scales.

 

Okay,
let’s put this whole thing together now – remember to get your free PDF from the
description to follow it along with each phrase as I play it.
I’ve put together a backing track for this one and it features the fantastic
bass playing of my old mate Greg from Greg’s Bass Shed, who does a fantastic
job of recreating the legendary Freddie Washington bass part on this track. I’ve
put a link for a Greg’s Bass Shed on YouTube in the description if you know
any bass players who might be interested. There’s four bars intro and then sax
comes in, so here we go… [Kids sing Get Your Sax Together theme tune!] So that’s it for this Sunday, I hope
you’re enjoying learning Gerald Albright’s wicked solo on Forget Me Nots. So
before we get into the funky end card music that you’ve all been waiting for,
if you want to learn some more in depth sax stuff, go to Get Your Sax Together .com and get your free one-hour lesson with me, and as always you can support me
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all the links are in the description.

 

Until next Sunday adios amigos and bring
on the outro music! [Kids sing theme music] [whispers] Get Your Sax Together.

 

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