Practicing lines in all keys is a must, but it’s not that easy or even clear why it’s so important in the first place…
Many years ago, I remember trying to take a ii V line through all keys on the saxophone and it was really difficult.
I’ve even had several decent players tell me they struggle with this skill.
After years of practice, it’s become effortless and it’s just second nature for me to take lines through all the keys.
So for today, here are the tricks that I’ve picked up over the years that will help you think and play in all keys.
Why play lines in all keys?
There are many benefits to playing lines in all keys. The most obvious one is that it gives you material for every key.
But there are a lot more benefits to it than that…
Playing lines in all keys improves your technical facility
Practicing every range and fingering on your instrument yields better technique, but, often we hang out in one register and fallback on our finger habits. By taking lines through all keys, we’re forced to hit every part of our instrument and work through tricky fingerings that we’d otherwise ignore.
Playing lines in all keys gives you mental dexterity
When you play lines in all keys, do not write them out. Do them in your mind. I will reiterate this point again and again because it’s so important. You must transpose the line in your mind. And … Read More