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quarter tone on alto sax

oudai

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#1
Hi everyone

good mooring ..


any one knows what is the fingering for quarter tone ? we use the quarter tone a lot in my country music ..

with best of regards ,,,
 

Jazzaferri

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#5
Embouchure changes will do it. Start with practicing on your mouthpiece alone. When you learn to play an octave on your mouthpiece without biting down on the reed you will have the basic idea down. Then you just have to practice on the full instrument.
 

spike

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As always excellent professional advice from jbt. :thumb:
For country sax listen to Bill Evans (sax) with Bèla Fleck
For Bill Evans would be the Soulgrass album
and for Bèla Fleck and the Flecktones just look for anything where Bill Evans is on there.
May not be your idea of "Country" but "Yee haw and Hallelujah".
 

Pete Thomas

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#10
The bending of notes is easiest higher up, so higher saxophones like soprano can work really well for arabic and/or klezmer styles. As mentioned, the lip/throat techniques are probably more useful than actual 1/4 tone fingerings.
 

altissimo

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#11
microtonal fingerings for woodwind have been around for a few decades, Bruno Bartolozzi's New Sounds For Woodwind may have been the first publication that covered this area, but alas the saxophone isn't included in that book and most quartertone compositions for woodwind seem to be for clarinet or flute.
Joe Maneri was the pioneer of microtonal jazz sax playing, but there aren't any good examples of his playing freely available - most of the stuff on youtube is of his clarinet playing.
So here's what can be gleaned from the internet

Blog » 24-tone (quarter tone) scale on Saxophone (by Tony Hicks)

L a r s M o l l e r . c o m

http://www.johanvanderlinden.com/saxophone-quarter-tone.pdf

Quarter-tone production on the saxophone.

Claude Delangle - Quarter Tones Fingering Chart

Introduction to Quarter Tones - Quarter Tone Saxophone

128 notes per octave - 128 notes per octave on the saxophone: How I did it and why!

View: https://youtu.be/t6fovlV3vuI