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Basic Fingering Chart for Saxophone

First Octave: A3 to C#5

This fingering chart includes the primary fingerings learned by all saxophonists. These fingerings are the same on all sizes of saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass) unless specified otherwise.

 

Note

Written

Fingering

Description

A3 A0 A 123|123C Basic. Also press the low A key. For models with a thumb low A key.
123A|123C Basic. Also press the low A key. For models with an RH 4 low A key.

A3
B3

Bb0 123Bb|123C

Basic.

B3
C4

B0 123B|123C Basic.

B3
C4

C1 123|123C Basic.

C4
D4

C#1 123C#|123C Basic.

D4

D1 123|123 Basic.

D4
E4

Eb1 123|123Eb Basic.

E4
F4

E1 123|12– Basic.

E4
F4

F1 123|1–– Basic.

F4
G4

F#1 123|–2– Basic.
123|1–F# Chromatic, use in combination with F4 or F5.

G4

G1 123|––– Basic.

G4
A4

G#1 123G#|––– Basic.

A4

A1 12–|––– Basic.

A4
B4

Bb1 12–|Bb––– Basic.
1Bb––|––– For ease of playing in passages without B natural.
1––|1–– Use in combination with F4 or F5.
1––|–2– Sharp, use in combination with F#4 or F#5.

B4
C5

B1 1––|––– Basic.

B4
C5

C2 –2–|––– Basic.
1––|C––– Chromatic.

C5
D5

C#2 –––|––– Basic.
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