Just purchased a Tenor DV and an HR mpc for my late model Mark VI from wwbw. I want to share my experience with you.
I use the HR when playing along with my sax students but the DV is for me.
Like most sax players the perfect mpc is the holy grail…………I know you’ve heard this many times. I was reluctant to switch from my Sugal which I’ve played for years but was frustrated with a weak low end and inconsistent altisimo. So I gambled and tried your 7* DV which is not as open as my Sugal at 118. But I wanted a fatter and more reliable low end. The DV came through. It took a little experimenting with reeds. My broken in reeds didn’t play very well and I realized that a stiffer reed was required. I’m using Alexander and Rico Jazz #3. They do the job. I do a smooth/contemporary jazz gig and the projection is great and amazingly the speed of my playing has greatly improved. The notes seem to pop out almost before I hit them. The stuffiness of middle D is gone. I thought it was a leak in the horn or just the nature of my “VI”. But I now have a solid middle D !! I’m also discovering improved intonation on palm keys and higher. Truly a great mpc. For the HR I found a good set up using Alexander NY reeds. It’s a sweet mpc, very versatile, but I need to spend more time with it.
“George Garzone and Jody Espina have done it again with “In The Funk Zone”. In a didactic, straight forward way, Garzone shows beginners how to groove and what notes to use to really begin the process of learning to groove. A world class rhythm including the legendary Mike Stern and John Pattitucci are flawless in their patient simplicity and effortless intensity. AND, in the DVD format, the student gets to participate in the whole process by listening, witnessing the musical communication, and then joining in the creative current. The performance tracks alone are worth the price of the product as the viewer gets to “hang out” at a dynamic funk jam session. And in case you’ve wondered, Jody Espina himself absolutely tears it up on a shuffle blues. This product is definitely a blast for all levels and a terrific teaching tool. My students are pumped!”
Hi. I received your new DVD today and I wanna tell you that this is probably THE best improv training DVD I’ve owned. I’m 38, an amateur sax player still learning how to improv.
I’ve been thru countless teachers but none of them can show me HOW to improv…how to go beyond playing scales. You are able to do that. To make it simple so that a beginner can understand. I listen to your music and I’ve heard about how great you are especially when you are teaching. Today I finally experienced your greatness.
Really hope to be your student someday…maybe at Berklee or privately. “
“For all levels, this improvisation DVD will inspire you the way George Garzone has always inspired me. I’m proud to be a part of this project.”
it was great to talk to you the other day. The DVD arrived yesterday- it’s great to see everything I’ve been working on with George so thoroughly explained in it. I’m really shedding this stuff. ”
“Dear Mr Garzone,
Thank you again for your music have a number of you cd’s! Just received your dvd of Triadic Chromatic Approach via JodyJazz. –Awesome presentation of your concept. As you mentioned in the dvd to implement this concept – it has to be a daily process.
Regards Thanks for doing it! ”
I am writing to say thank you for making the DVD’s. The exercise on sound that you do is much more to the point than what I was doing before, great. You have also inspired me to “”really” work out on triads, upside down and inside out. Slowly… Thanks and all the best,
Thanks for doing it! ”
“Hi George….. Just a quick note to say congrats on the DVD. I’ve got my copy and have been loving it! The format and your presentation are outstanding. I love the stuff in the dvd about sound and air. After a while I start slipping on that stuff. Start biting too much…Your ideas are already opening my sound up again. Great to have a reminder! Thanks for doing it! ”
“Dear Mr. Garzone
Just got your DVD from jodyjazz, and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your taking the time and trouble to lay out one of the most original concepts for improv I’ve seen in a long time. It will definitely keep me busy. Thanks again for a great DVD, and thanks to Jodyjazz for making it happen