How to get better at jazz improvising on bass?

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I would like to be able to come up with more jazz basslines on my electric bass, but I don't seem to be going anywhere. The stuff coming out is decent, but still not all that great.

Can someone give me advice on how to get better, or know of any free tutorials?

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Learn the major scale modes and understand them CLEARLY. Start with the more often used keys like: Ab, Eb, Bb, F, C, G, D Then eventually add the remaining flat and sharp keys. Remember, once you know how 1 key works, the others get easier and easier. Also, simply running up and down modes during solos is not very inspiring. Learn to hear and play a more meaningful melodic improvisation by listening to your favorite bass, piano or horn players. But knowing your modes inside out is a fantastic base to start from.

How to get good low notes on alto saxophone?

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I've been playing alto sax for 2 years now, and I still have trouble getting the low notes right. When I play them, I don't get a nice, clear tone, I just get a weird kind of muffled sound. This problem starts around low E or D. I can't play low B or Bb because I just can't get any sound when I try to play those notes. I use reed size 2. Can anyone help?

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Practice breathing, try playing tuba or baritone because those instruments are made to be used with loads of air, on sax i used to get away by taking crappy breaths but with baritone you need to fill up and it made me so much better on alto and i can play low b flat like a regular G. but you can try going down chromatically and doing long tones

How to quickly repeat notes on an alto sax?

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Like, I'm just starting and I can play certain songs and read music ok, but I can't play the parts where one note is repeated quickly. Whenever I try, my notes get slurred. Do I have to use my tongue to change the flow of air or something?

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This is something you really have to ask a teacher about. It sounds like you aren't tonguing correctly, and we really can't fix that well over the internet. Your tongue needs to hit just under the tip of the reed and use as little tongue as you can. The red is about where you want your tongue to hit. http://i.imgur.com/kpkqW.jpg You might just need more practice depending on how fast these notes are, most people would have trouble tonguing 16ths at 160, but quarter notes at 160 should be no problem for instance.

How to produce a good tone on a trumpet?

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I have a friend who likes to play the trumpet but he plays it as though he is a child just starting out. I have tried to suggest things to him but it doesn't seem to work.
His Tone is horrible, sound like he is blowing rasberries all the time.
Please help.

Answer: 
If it sounds like he's blowing raspberries there probably isn't enough support from the muscles in his mouth and/or he doesn't have a good seal on the mouthpiece. I mean the best thing would be to see a music teacher or better yet a trumpet teacher; they could probably address the embouchure problems. After he gets a good embouchure the best thing would be for him to do long tones.

How to prepare a clarinet for a band concert?

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I might be having a band concert soon and I want to know how to prepare my clarinet for it. Like if I should bring an extra reed and stuff like that. Thanks!

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You should have extra reeds ALL the time, not just for performances.

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