What recommendations do you have for a professional jazz sax player and plastic reeds?
There are a number of plastic reeds on the market these days. I can remember my first experience with Bari synthetic reeds 25 years ago when the reed actually made my lips bleed. The sound was super bright and without much color so it was basically unusable (although a few pros did get through the bleeding and learned how to play them).
Then there was the Fibercell reeds that were a little better and I used them for practicing but never on a gig. And about 5 years ago heard about the Legere Reeds. I tried them and they played pretty good but still had that plastic, bright and not much warmth kind of sound.
I never tried them again until about 3 years ago at the NAMM show and I was completely blown away about how much they improved and from that time on I’ve been hooked and even endorse the reeds now. Legere reeds are not only incredibly consistent from reed to reed but they play as good as my BEST cane reeds. The reeds are really responsive in all registers of the horn and have a warm, rich sound and uniform clarity from the bottom to top of the horn. Best of all, I know it’s going to feel and sound the same every time I play it, I don’t have to break it in and don’t have to worry about my reed drying out and warping while I’m playing one of my other saxophones or clarinet especially when I’m playing an outdoor event. In short, this is an amazing reed by any standard and I recommend them to every reed player I know.” Premium Synthetic Woodwind Reeds | Légère Reeds
Jazz Saxophone Improvisation Lesson System
How to Improvise to the Chord Changes of Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock
Start by practicing your Concert F pentatonic as well as the blues scale and play it with the track with the correct articulation. Then you need to have already learned the approach note jazz improvisation system and have practiced all the approach note pairs over the form of Watermelon Man and then you are ready to start improvising.
You will need to be aware that there are obvious differences from a slow 12 Bar blues in a triplet feel. The 1st thing is that Watermelon Man is not a 12 bar blues. It is a 16 bar blues. We’ll discuss that when we get to the bridge of the song. The main differences to distinguish are:
Now let’s start the procedure step by step:
If you haven’t done Rick Rossi’s System of How to Improvise using Approach Notes, you will want to get that learned first before trying to apply it to this new song form. Jazz Improvisation on the Saxophone or any instrument is much simpler if you eliminate the intellectual side of the brain as much as possible. You can learn more about how jazz improvisers are executing the very complex tasks required to improvise jazz without thinking of what they are doing. When there is too much thought, there is a lot of interruption in the flow of the ideas. Great jazz improviser are able to let their ideas flow very naturally without great effort. THAT state is what all improvisers are trying to reach. It’s the idea of NOT TRYING that is hard to teach. And that is the basis of the success of my method. Read this article at the bottom of this page for further clarification of the system: http://www.rickrossi.com/Lessons___Contact.html
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