04/05/2013 (12 Moons Solo Project Day 95)

12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 95

Date: 04/05/2013

Instrument: Tenor saxophone

Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island)


With the return of Spring my spirits are feeling high, and I woke this morning feeling calm and strong.  I wanted to explore a common feeling–a sound of brotherhood that is innately in all of us.  I feel that there are specific melodies, gestures, scales and chords that are universal to all musical traditions which I qualify as “root” sounds.  To explore a root improvisation today, I worked with the most joyous of all chords, the major triad.  

From the outset of the improvisation I entered with a high level of energy and volume.  I made it my aim to maintain or build on this energy throughout the piece.  My root melodic/chord shape used the concert key pitches of F, D and Bb.  This is a Bb major chord, which overall had a downward–5-3-1 motion.  I explored the F and D for some time, including a chromatic, ornamental motion that linked the F and D before moving onto the low Bb.   I then branched off into textural exploration and occasionally returned to the root chord.