Lesson for sax players who are working on advancing their improvisation. You can try playing this lick in the keys written out here, but knowing the major scales will help you figure out the rest.
Known as ‘the lick’ because it’s so commonly played. It’s been played by many musicians. You’ll probably recognize it. I transposed it into a few keys. In the key of A minor, it has no sharps or flats (A natural minor or the Aeolian mode).
I have written it out in four keys, try and play it another key on your own. All all the keys if you want*.
*Note: If you do want to learn vocabulary like this in all the keys, it is essential (extremely highly recommended) that you know all of the major scales first. Otherwise everything you learn in an unfamiliar key will be much harder than it would be if you knew the scale in that key first.
Every time it uses the Aeolian mode. The mode of the major scale starting on the sixth note. So the keys, are relative to C major, Db Major, D Major, and Eb Major.
They are presented going up chromatically, so you could try C# as the starting note next. Or you could try D first if that seems more approachable.
Check out this video to see where ‘the lick’ has been played.