Often we struggle for inspiration when learning to improvise on saxophone. And, it’s easy to just learn MORE scales, or complicate things.

However, I think a better strategy is to keep things simple, and look for inspiration in our favourite blues sax players.

Today I’ve been checking out a great blues solo by David “Fathead” Newman on a Ray Charles track called “Get on the right track baby”.

It’s a killer tune and a brilliant solo.

Plus, inside the solo are a bunch of beautiful blues lines.

So, I’ve been taking those lines and using them for inspiration in my solos. Doing this consistently is a great way to bring the inspiration back to your playing.

And, you’re still only using the blues scale!


For more tips like this, check out the range of blues lessons and Mini-Courses inside Sax School here:

Nigel McGill

After 25 years touring, performing all over the world, I setup Sax School to share what I have learned. Today thousands of players in more than 70 countries use the huge library of online saxophone lessons in Sax School. Find out how it can help you too!

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