The fingerings for these notes can be quite complex. They differ from instrument to instrument, the fingering chart here show fingerings which I have found to be most useful on many different saxophones, but you can experiment by adding or taking away fingers to suit yours. Before you start learning extra-high notes You need to be able to play the higher notes of the actual register C3-F3 strongly and with confidence, using not only palm key fingerings but also aux F fingering for F and E. Even if you can play these higher notes of the normal register with confidence, make sure you have developed your low notes.
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Those are the things that are going to get the altissimo notes to come out for you consistently, in tune and with a good sound. Why is that? Altissimo Warm-Up Exercises I start off all of my practice sessions with long tones and I play long tones over the entire range of my saxophone. I like to start in the middle, like middle C, and play a long tone on every note all the way down chromatically to low B-flat.
I just do some simple exercises. I play a major scale and some arpeggios. Then I put my mouthpiece back and I get into playing my overtones. I play a couple exercises and a couple melodies just with overtones. My throat is going to be closing off. All of those things are typical bad habits and ways we cheat to try to get the extreme registers out. You want your air to be doing the work.
Not your mouth, not your jaw, not your lips, your air stream does all the work. You want it to be open and relaxed. Also pay attention to the position of your tongue. Try to get your tongue to relax and lay down flat. For a refresher, check out my first introductory lesson to the altissimo range below: You can download a PDF version of the altissimo fingerings here.
BetterSax altissimo fingering chart for alto and tenor sax High Front E and Front F on Alto and Tenor Sax All of these front fingerings and altissimo fingerings are with the octave key.
Front E fingering on alto and tenor saxophone Then we go on to the front F. On the alto saxophone you leave your F-natural down, add your bottom side-kick, your B-flat side key. That gives you F-sharp. Sometimes I just add the side B-flat key as with the alto. This works on some tenors. But normally on tenor I add that side key, lift up my second finger and put down my first finger in the right hand.
Altissimo F-sharp fingering on tenor saxophone To get to G from here I lift up the first finger. So G is the front F key plus the B-flat side key. Altissimo G fingering on tenor saxophone Altissimo G-sharp on Alto and Tenor Sax On alto sax, G-sharp is one, three, one plus the side C key the middle right hand side key.
Altissimo G-sharp fingering on alto saxophone The fingering I use on tenor is two, three and the middle finger on your right hand, F-sharp key.
Altissimo G-sharp fingering on tenor saxophone Altissimo A for Alto and Tenor Sax For the altissimo note A I use the same fingerings on both alto and tenor sax — two and three on the left hand, and optionally, one, two and three in the right hand.
I use the third finger, middle side key in your right hand, and one, two and three. Altissimo B fingering on alto and tenor saxophone Altissimo C for Alto and Tenor Sax The note C is the same on both alto and tenor — one, three, and one, three, E-flat pinkie key. They work on my Yanagisawa saxophones.
You have to miss about altissimo notes before they start coming out onstage when you want them to. Post navigation.
Fingering chart – Altissimo register
Those are the things that are going to get the altissimo notes to come out for you consistently, in tune and with a good sound. Why is that? Altissimo Warm-Up Exercises I start off all of my practice sessions with long tones and I play long tones over the entire range of my saxophone. I like to start in the middle, like middle C, and play a long tone on every note all the way down chromatically to low B-flat. I just do some simple exercises. I play a major scale and some arpeggios. Then I put my mouthpiece back and I get into playing my overtones.
How to Play Altissimo on Saxophone
Altissimo on saxophone