Sam Newsome

Sam Newsome
"The potential for the saxophone is unlimited." - Steve Lacy

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Art of the Soprano: Multiphonics 101


  1. This is a very nice and useful video, Sam. I look forward to more of them. There are so many books available with large lists of multiphonics that they can be overwhelming. One of the many useful things that I learned from Ned Rothenberg is that I can find my own multiphonics by experimenting, rather than relying on the lists found in books.

    For example, low C fingering can produce a number of multiphonics that are easy to use. The one that you showed with the raised 4 finger speaks the most easily, but I've found that I can also raise finger 5, finger 6, fingers 4 and 5, fingers 4 and 6, and fingers 5 and 6 to get distinct multiphonics that are all based on the low C fingering.

    I hope you're doing well and I hope to see and play with you sometime soon!

  2. Hi Heath, thanks for sharing. And yes, trial and error is the best way. Often times multi phonics are very set-up specific--which makes it even more necessary to find your own way. Best!


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