03/29/2013 (12 Moons Solo Project Day 88)

12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 88

Date: 03/29/2013

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