3 Limes On A Shelf

3 Limes On A Shelf is an ‘up’ fusion type tune in 4s.

The solo section moves through four key / mode centres, and as usual I’ve indicated good safe scale / mode choices for soloing, but – once again – do experiment!

3 Limes was recorded at 127 bpm.

The key signature is Bb & F# (for C instruments), C & Ab (for Bb instruments), G & Eb (for Eb instruments).

The structure is: 12 bar intro /  AAB / solo section x 2 / AB.

If you’d like to play 3 Limes yourself, you can buy a ‘playalong’ pack for £2 on Bandcamp:

The pack consists of;

  • the guide mp3 track (with guide sax)
  • the ‘minus one’ (no sax) mp3 backing track
  • an mp3 of the solo section looped (repeated) four times for soloing practise
  • a single solo section for use in DAWs and looper apps & pedals
  • printable lead sheets in Bb, Eb & C versions, (including scale choice suggestions for the solo sections)

Here’s the Eb version of the score with the audio:

NB. For Bb tenor and soprano sax players the notes are all a fourth higher. 

Other available tunes & loops:

Swam In The Moon

Old Skool

Cinnabar Green


Blowing Turmeric Off The Gravel

Shorter Straws

Paper Cut

Loop 1 (D Major)