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The Next Level Blues Course

Take your jazz improvisation to new heights!

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Welcome!

You know the basics of soloing over the blues. Now it’s time to take your playing to the next level. The truth is, it’s not all that complicated. A little bit of guidance goes a long way. If you’re willing to put in the hard work, this course will get you there!


The Next Level Blues Course is designed to get you from good to great solos. We cover every nook and cranny of the blues, leaving you with the skills to get you to the next level.

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This course is not an overview of the blues. We dive deep as you come along with me through each lesson. Video tutorials provide you with no guesswork. Audio examples allow you to play along and make sure you can hear and understand the material. Backing tracks allow you to practice at all tempos. The worksheets are yours to keep at your side throughout your journey.


What you will learn:

  • The ‘hidden’ changes that make your solos more compelling and leave the audience on the edge of their seats wanting more.
  • The keys to adding to direction and harmonic interest in the blues. No more meandering through the changes. Play with purpose and intent!
  • Reharmonization techniques that add tension and release to your playing.
  • Extensive examples of all techniques, giving you a blueprint for success.
  • Get out of your comfort zone with new and challenging sounds. Take your concept to the next level.


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What’s Included With The Next Level Blues Course:


  • Nine in depth video lessons (over 2 hours of video!), taking you through the progression and harmony step by step. (Worksheets included for C, Bb, Eb, and bass clef instruments)
  • Blues Etudes putting the techniques into action.
  • Demonstration recordings allowing you to hear and play these sounds along with me.
  • Backing tracks at every tempo.
  • Bonus lessons include: seven Ear Training Etudes, Combining Scales and Arpeggios, and a Scale Segment Masterclass.
  • A community chat monitored personally by your instructor to answer any questions or difficulties you may be having with the material.


Course Curriculum


  Introduction and Welcome!
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  Scale and Chord Review
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  Lesson 1: Using Tension in Measure 4
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  Lesson 2: The #4 Diminished Chord
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  Lesson 3: The VI Chord
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  Lesson 4: Reharmonizing the ii V I
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  Lesson 5: More Reharmonizations
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  Lesson 6: Advanced Reharmonizations
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  Lesson 7: The I-VI-ii-V
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  Tying It All Together: The Etudes
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  Lesson 9: But Wait, There's More...
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  Bonus: Combining Scales and Arpeggios
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  Bonus: Scale Segment Masterclass
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  Bonus: Ear Training Etudes
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  Backing Tracks
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Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Adding Tension In Measure 4

Lesson 2: The #4 Diminished Chord

Lesson 3: The VI Chord

Lesson 4: Reharmonizing The ii V I

Lesson 5: More Reharmonizations

Lesson 6: Advanced Reharmonizations

Lesson 7: The I VI ii V I

Lesson 8: Tying It All Together: The Etudes

Lesson 9: But Wait, There’s More: Opening Pandora’s Box on the Blues

BONUS MATERIAL:

Ear Training Etudes
Combining Scales and Arpeggios
Scale Segment Masterclass


Frequently Asked Questions


Am I ready for this course?
Do you know the basics of the blues progression, understand the basic harmony, and can put together a decent solo? If you can, you’re ready for this course and to take things to the next level.
Is this course designed for my instrument?
The Next Level Blues Course is designed for ALL instruments. These sounds are universal and anyone can benefit from the knowledge contained. Worksheets are also included for concert, Bb, Eb, and bass clef instruments.
How are the video lessons structured?
The video lessons in this course are designed for maximum benefit. We look at the worksheets together and talk about the concepts in detail. By the time we are done, you will fully understand how to use the worksheet to your advantage in your practice time.
I’m a more advanced jazz player, will this course benefit me?
Yes. This course is designed for the intermediate to advanced player. There is no limit to how far you can take this material. The possibilities are endless and in this course, we show you how to progress past the materials contained within.

Your Instructor


Nick Mainella
Nick Mainella

For me, teaching is a passion; I live and breathe it. Since 2003, I’ve provided students around the world with extensive private teaching services in a number of different fields. I take pride in teaching people who are eager to expand their minds, talents, and skills, and bring a depth of professional expertise to those who strive to excel.

Nick is the Creator and Host of the critically acclaimed, 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast where he spreads knowledge of jazz and improvisation to students the world over. Nick also hosts and runs the Everything Saxophone Podcast with his colleague, Donna Schwartz. Together, they interview top saxophonists from around the world and bring the joy of playing saxophone to all who listen.

Nick has recently published his first method book for saxophone, Comprehensive Saxophone Warm-Ups with the Mel Bay Publishing Company.

Nick also maintains an active performing career with many ensembles throughout New England and beyond. Over the years Nick has been lucky enough to study and perform with some of the top musicians in the world including, Clark Terry, James Moody, Branford Marsalis, Donny McCaslin, Jimmy Heath, John Clayton, Ingrid Jensen, and Billy Pierce.


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