12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 88
Instrument: Tenor saxophone
Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island)
When humming pitches that are contained within a multiphoic chord, my brain often perceives that I’m singing a different note than I actually am. This is very unique experience, but today I chose to try and eliminate this occurrence. I used a single fingering today that with virtually any pitch sung, exploded with color. After spending some time working with it, I attempted to sing pitches with a range spanning the root to a perfect fourth below it.
The fingering for this improvisation is as follows:
(Left Hand) B-A-G keys, Low B // (Right Hand) F# key
The maximum volume of this piece is slightly louder than my interpretation of mezzo forte. At this volume I seemed to have the maximum amount of control over my embouchure. Mid way through the piece an extraordinary sound emerged, which I identified as the Concert E an octave below. This is well below the playable range of the tenor, and was a great contributor to the energy in this piece.
The image accompanying today’s post by artist KwangHo Shin