09/04/2014 (Continuous Resonance Solo Improvisation)

Neil Welch, Continuous Resonance Project
Date: 09/04/2014
Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island)
Instrument: Tenor saxophone


I used two fingering motions in this improvisation, alternating between the Low Bb and Low B fingerings, each one played for some time before moving on to the next. While doing this I would slowly trill open and closed the low C key key. To create actual chord shapes I began singing into the horn while executing these two fingering motions. I sang the pitches Gb and Eb in the upper and lower registers. Depending on the octave and fingering being used, the vocal part could sound full and almost like a cry or would be muted and more subdued in spirit. After establishing a key center by singing the Gb/Eb minor third melody I would often abruptly stop singing and shift to the second fingering system. This changed the key as well as the overall aesthetic of the piece. 

The image “Untitled (Heat/Gun)” 1999 accompanying today’s post by Marco Breuer.