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Alternate Fingering Chart for Saxophone

Lower Altissimo: F#6 to A6

This fingering chart includes both basic fingerings and alternatives that are more appropriate in some passages. Some alternate fingerings are designed for fast passages, while others modify the tone, color, or pitch at normal and extreme dynamic levels. These fingerings are the same on all sizes of saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass) unless specified otherwise.

 

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Note

Written

Fingering

Description

Src.

F6
G6

F#3 T f–2–|Bb–––    
T f–2–|ƒ#f#–––   SM
T f–2–|1––    
T f–2–|Bb123    
T f––3|Bb12–    
T f–2–|Bb1––    
T f–2–G#|Bb––– Stable for mp and louder on tenor and baritone models, and for mf and louder on alto models.  
T f–Bb––|–––   SG
T f1Bb––|Bb–––   IE
T 1–3|Bb1––    
T 1–3|1––Eb Good for tenor.   IE
T 1–3|1––   KG
T 1––|12–    
T 1––|12–Eb    
T f–––|1––   SG
T f–––|ƒ#1–– Good for alto. TM
T f–––|ƒ#––– Good for alto. TM
T f1––|ƒ#––– Good for tenor. Use in combination with F6 (T f1––|–––) and G6 (T f–––|f#–––). IH
T f–––|Bb––– Good for alto. TM
T Eb DF––|E ƒ#––– Good for alto. TM
T EbF––|E ƒ#––– Lower pitch. PL
T DF––|E ƒ#––– Lower pitch. PL
T –F––|E ƒ#––– Lower pitch. PL
T 1Bb––|ƒ#––– Use in combination with G6 or the range D5–Bb5. YS
T 1Bb––G#|E–––   ET2
T 12–|f#––– In tune, easy response, and useful in fast passages. For all saxophone models JV
T 1––|Bb ƒ#1–– Eb For alto models. Stable and in tune, but awkward in fast passages. JP2

G6

G3 T 1–3|––3    
T 1–3|––3Eb   SG
T –2–|12–    
T –2–|12–Eb   SG
T f–Bb––|Bb–––   SG
T 1Bb––G#|Bb f#––– Good for alto.  GM
T f–––|Bb––– Good for tenor.   IE
T f–––|f#––– Good for tenor.  Works well in chromatic passages and in combination with F6 (T f1––|–––) and F#6 (T f1––|f#––). IH
T f–––|–––   SG
T f–––|1––    
T f–––|Bb1––    
T f–––|Bb1––Eb    
T f–––|Bb12–Eb    
T f–––|123   SG
T ––3|Bb1––   SG
T 1––|Bb f#–––   SM
T ––3|1–3   SG
T 1–3|1–3 In tune and responsive on alto when mouth is tight and jaw is lowered.  TY
T 1–3|Bb1–3 Good for alto. TM
T 1–3|Bb1–– Good for alto. TM
T 1–3|C1––   SG
T 1–3|C Bb1–– Great for baritone. AP
T 1–3|f#1––   SG
T 1–3|1––Eb   SG
T 1–3|Bb1––Eb    
T 1–3|1–F#    
T 1–3G#|Bb––– In tune. AR
T 123|123C   SG
T 123|123Eb   SG
T 123|C1––   SG
T 123|C––– Easy and in tune. JL
T 1–3|Bb––– For baritone. KB3
T 1–3|––– Slightly flat. Good for baritone. MK2

G6
A6

G#3 T 1–3|–––    
T –2–|–2–    
T –2–|–2–Eb   SG
T –23|–2–   PH
T f–––|E––– Good for alto and tenor. GM
T f–––|Bb–––    
T f–––G#|Bb–––    
T 1––|C1–– Good for alto. GM
T 1–3|C–2– Good for baritone. KB3
T 1–3|C1––    
T 1–3|C Bb1––   SG
T 1–3|C f#1––Eb   SG
T 1–3|C12–    
T 1–3|C––3    
T 1–3|C1–3 Good for alto. TM
T 1–3|––3    
T –2–|1––    
T –2–|f#1––   SG
T –2–|–––   SG
T 1––|Bb f#––– Good for alto. TM
T 1––G#|Bb f#––– Good for alto. GM
T 12–|C12–   SG
T 123C#|123C   SG
T 123Bb|123C   SG
T 123|C Bb–––   SG

A6

A3 T –23|–––    
–23|–––   DC
T –23|C––– Good for tenor.  VK
T –23G#|––– Good for baritone. KB3
T –23|1––   SG
T –23|–2–   SG
T –23|––3   SG
T –23|12– Good for alto and tenor.   SG
T –23|1–3   SG
T –23|C–23 Great for baritone.   AP
T –23|123    
T –23|123Eb    
T –23Bb|123C    
T 123B|123C   SG
T 123|123   SG
T 123|C123   PF
T 123|C––– For alto and tenor. SC2
T –23|f#–––Eb   SG
T –23Bb|C Bb––– Good for alto.  GM
T ––3|C––– Good intonation. Good for baritone. MK2
T ––3|1––   SG
T 12–|1––   SG
T 12–|12–   SG
T 1––|C Bb––– Good for alto. TM
T 1––|Bb––– Good for alto. TM
T D–––|–––   SG
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