I just found these videos on Youtube a few minutes ago and started watching them. Lenny Pickett is a tenor sax player known to almost all saxophone players. If you have ever watched Saturday Night Live, you have heard Lenny Pickett. He’s the sax player in the middle of the TV screen playing notes so high that you wouldn’t think they could come out of a saxophone. He has the reputation of being one of the masters of the saxophone altissimo register. After watching these videos it is apparent to me that he is the master of a lot more than just the altissimo register. He delves into slap tonguing, circular breathing, altissimo playing, alternate fingerings and multiphonics, He also plays a few other instruments along the way that reinforce what a great musician Lenny Pickett is. (In part 5 he plays a recording and he says it took 72 instruments in total to record and he played all the parts!!) He sounds amazing on all of them!
This is worth listening to! (He even reveals talks about his mouthpiece and bass clarinet reed……..) As you watch the videos it is evident how much Mr. Pickett loves music! Check out part 4 where he is playing different recordings (his favorite recording in the world) for the high school kids…………He is so passionate about it. Don’t miss the playing he does with the recording in part either. So much emotion and feeling!
I also love his honesty and humility. He even admits in video 5 how he doesn’t know any jazz standards (the melodies)……..Wow! I also love his honesty at 11:00-12:00 in part 5 about going into music and making a living at it…………….
I found this video clinic very inspiring and motivational! Thanks for this great clinic Mr. Pickett but also thanks for all the funky and soulful sax solos every Saturday night since I was a kid……….they have helped not only motivate me but so many other sax player over the years…………. Enjoy!!! Let me know what hits you or what you think in the comments section below………….
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