Blowing air through the instrument without deliberately sounding a
pitch. Notated with a verbal instruction. Effective
on the saxophone, and a wide range of articulations and
dynamics may be used. Pitches may also be specified.
Growling, or singing into the instrument while playing, is a recognised
substitute for fluttertonguing, but is also quite characteristic of
certain kinds of raucous sax playing styles. Notate with a verbal
instruction to "sing into the instrument" or "growl".
Intervals smaller than a semitone. Notations vary, but the examples above show a microtonal inflection and a quartertone. Produced by using 'fake' fingerings and/or adjusting the embouchure. Most quartertones are possible on the sax, but the player will need to prepare them in advance. N.B. there is no fingering for G quarter-sharp
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