How To Play Like Michael Brecker For Mortals (Premium)
Jazz Musicians, Playing Techniques, Premium Only
Michael Brecker is one of the greatest saxophonists to arise after John Coltrane. Like Trane, he took the instrument places it had never gone before, adding new fingerings, effects, and extended techniques that made him seem like more than a man……
That’s the word that comes to mind when I think of Michael Brecker. What kind of normal human being could possibly play that fast or with such intensity?! Mike was a different animal and that certainly comes off in every solo he takes.
So how did he do it?
How did he push the boundaries so far? How did he elevate the notion of what’s possible on the saxophone?
Well, it’s no secret. He practiced endlessly, studied his heroes, and put his own spin on everything, always thinking creatively and aiming to hone his craft every single day.
He was the first to tell you that he learned from the recordings of the great saxophonists, notably John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Joe Henderson, as well as others like Stanley Turrentine and Johnny Griffin. He knew the whole history of his instrument.
And he didn’t stop there…
Mike studied the solos of great electric guitarists and ...
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