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Alternate Fingering Chart for Saxophone

Upper Altissimo: D7 to D8

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

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D7

D4 T Eb1––|–––    
T f–––|Bb–2–C    
T f–––|Bb–––    
T f–––|––– Good for alto and tenor.  
T f–––|E–––    
T f–––|C––3 For tenor. PH
T Eb DF––|E––– Good for alto. TM
T Eb DF––|Bb––– Good for alto and tenor.  GM
T 1–3|E–––   JW
T Eb DF–3|E––– Good for tenor.  VK
T –2–|––– Good for tenor.  VK
T f–23|1–– Useful for alto, especially in quick transitions with C7, fingered by the same fingering. JY

D7
E7

Eb4 T f–2–|1––    
T f–2–|1––Eb Good for alto and tenor.  
T Ebf–––|C–––    
T f–––|C––– Good for alto. TM
T ––3|––– Good for tenor.  VK
T ––3|C–– For tenor. PH
T –2–|–––   IE
T –2–|1––    
T –2–|–2–    
T Eb DF––|E f#––– Good for alto. TM
T Eb DF––|E C––– Good for alto and tenor.  GM
T f–23Bb|123C   SM

E7
F7

E4 T –2–|12–    
T –2–|12–Eb    
T –––|1–3    
T –––|1–3Eb    
T –––|123   IE
T D––3|––– Good for tenor. VK
T D–––|––– Good for alto and tenor. GM
T 1–3|C Bb1–– Great for baritone. AP
T D12–|Bb–23    
T 1–3|12–   JW
T –2–|–2–    
T –2–|–2–Eb    
T f–––|1––    
T f–––|––3 For tenor. PH
T f––3|––– For tenor. PH
T –23|123C An effective harmonic fingering. The 10th harmonic on C4. JY

E7
F7

F4 T 1–3|1–3 Weak on tenor.  
T 1–3C#|1–3 Good for alto.  GM
T 1–3|1–3Eb    
T D1––|Bb–23    
T 1–3|1––    
T Eb D––3|––– Good for tenor.  VK
T Eb D–2–|12–    
T Eb D–2–|12–Eb    
T Eb D–2–|–2– Good for alto and tenor. GM
T Eb1––|––– Good for alto. TM
T Ebf––3|––– For tenor. PH
T Ebf–––|––3 For tenor. PH

F7
G7

F#4 T Eb D1–3|1–3 Good for tenor.   IE
T Eb D–––|12– Good for alto.  GM
T Eb D–2–|E C12–   EG
T Eb DF–3|––– Good for tenor.  VK

G7

G4 T –2–|12– Good for tenor.   IE
T Eb–2–|12– Works for alto. PK
T f–2–|12– Good for alto. GM
T –2–|1–– Good for alto and tenor. GM
T ––3|C––3 Good for tenor. JY
T f–23|1–– Useful for alto. Requires fast air stream. JY

G7
A7

G#4 T –2–|–2–   EG
T –––|––– Good for alto and tenor. GM
T 1F––|Bb––– Good for alto. Can be reached by the 12th harmonic on C#4 or the 14th harmonic on Bb3. JY

A7

A4 T D–23|––3   EG
T 123|123 Good for alto and tenor. GM
T f–––|––– Good for alto. JY

A7
B7

Bb4 T Eb D–23|–23   EG
T –––|Bb––– Good for alto and tenor. GM

B7
C8

B4 T Eb DF23|E C–23   EG

B7
C8

C5 T Eb D–23|–23   EG
C8
D8
C#8/Db8 T Eb D–23|–23 Lip up from C8 to achieve C#8. EG
D8 D8 T Eb D–23|–23 Lip up from C8 to achieve D8. EG
D8
E8
D#8/Eb8     Submit a fingering for this note or for a higher note.  

 

 

 

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