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Quartertones for Saxophone

During my research and studies into microtonality and becoming familiar with the computer possibilities of alternate tunings for the acoustic horn, I worked on developing a quartertone platform for saxophone. This was more difficult than I had first thought, in that no mechanical device could be added to the body of the saxophone (i.e., a quartertone shift key), compared to adding a valve to a brass instrument. Additionally, tone control is hard to accomplish because of the variances in embouchure transitions, without bending. However, with some practice and ear training, it is possible to play note pluses and minuses in 50 cent variances.
Brief Bio of author: KAUFMAN, Steve b. 1939, NYC based composer (computer) synthesist, and focusing on microtonality since the early 60’s. (See article and chart in PITCH 1:4)
Article was originally published in PITCH for the International Microtonalist
Volume 1, #4, Spring 1990(C)Stephen F. Kaufman
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About Stephen F. Kaufman

Author of the best-selling interpretations of Musashi's "Book of Five Rings," Sun Tzu's "Art of War," along with Lao Tzu's "Living Tao," "The Shogun's Scroll," "The Way of the Modern Warrior," and "The Sword in the Boardroom," which focuses on business management based on honesty, integrity, and morality for contemporary negotiations. Rev. Stephen F. Kaufman is the founder of Self-Revealization Acceptance™, the first, foremost, and original reality facilitation concept ever presented to the modern world in 1993, guaranteed to bring immediate and permanent results. Acknowledged as a founding father of American Karate, he was elected to the title and rank of Hanshi, 10 Dan, the most prestigious accomplishment in the martial arts world in 1991 by international peer associations. His karate martial arts system is recognized by leading world martial arts master to be one of the most realistic warrior methods in the world. He has received countless awards and honors for his work. He has been awarded the Platinum Lifetime Achievement and Platinum Martial Arts Pioneer award denoting 50 years of service to the art.

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