09/10/2015 Continuous Resonance Solo Improvisation

Neil Welch Continuous Resonance Solo Project

Date: 09/10/2015
Location: Practice Room B at South Whidbey High School. Langley, WA (Whidbey Island)
Instrument: Tenor saxophone


I used my “walking trill” technique during this piece, where I rapidly alternate trilling a key open and closed with my index and middle fingers, in this case on the G# key in the right hand. During this piece I explored the disparity between static, held pitches and fluttering tones above the static pitch. I then began incorporating key clacking into the landscape by essentially using an overly aggressive technique in my fingering patterns and striking the keys much harder than necessary. At various points during the improvisation I also explored the tones created by the key clacking alone, and moved my right and left hands at different tempos to achieve various polyrhythms.

The image September (2005) accompanying today’s post by Gerhard Richter.