Quarter Tone Saxophone

Quarter Tone Technique For Saxophone

Composer and saxophonist Brandon Dixon is creating a quarter tone technique book for the saxophone.

In the early 20th century, composers such as Alois Hába, Ivan Wyschnegradsky, and Charles Ives began composing quarter tone works for instruments such as piano, clarinet, and voice. In the mid 20th century, composers such as Dean Drummond and Easley Blackwood began composing in quarter tonality, as well as other microtonal systems. This style of composition was, and still is, experimental. There is not yet a standard notation system (though one is beginning to emerge) and there are not many references for performance and composition with quarter tones.

The goal of this technique book is to encourage saxophonists to learn this technique and to encourage composers to write for it. Quarter tonality presents new melodic and harmonic possibilities that can bring previously unexplored textures, colors, and atmospheres to music.

This book will contain fingerings of all quarter tones that exist throughout the continuous quarter tone region of the saxophone, which encompasses all notes from low G# to high F#, as well as a few quarter tones that exist elsewhere.

It will then delve into chord studies, scale studies, and ear training studies, each of which bring new tonalities, colors, and sounds to life. The book will end with a series of etudes designed to challenge the performer and explore the melodic and harmonic possibilities quarter tone music makes possible.

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Quarter Tone Saxophone
Quarter Tone Technique for Saxophone