An important method to learn the balance between air and embouchure is the technique of playing the mouthpiece alone. B may seem a trifle flat, which is OK. The saxophone should respond immediately, first to the upper octave and then return to the lower. The mouthpiece creates resistance and prevents the dissipation of the air.”. For a more comprehensive discussion and annotations, read Eugene Rousseau: With Casual Brilliance and consult the other publications mentioned in this website. Then I put my mouthpiece back and I get into playing my overtones. If it is too low, think of a smaller circle. Rousseau is adamant that the jaw not change position when playing low B-flat or high F-sharp and recommends the practice of slurred descending octaves. “B is an easy note – bright, clear, and free. Rousseau has described the embouchure as solid and round, like forming the syllable “0” or “00.” The lower lip is often too smooth or stretched, whereas it should look to be a little bunched in order to form a cushion for the reed and dampen its vibrations. For a list of publications, books, DVDs, solo and ensemble music and more for saxophonists at all levels, please visit the Music and Publications page. That's a nice little addition as well. First of all please try this little experiment. One tool for determining the correct amount of pressure around the reed and mouthpiece is the technique of “bumping the octave key.” The student plays a left-hand note such as B, A, or G and uses the right hand to flick the octave key. Since my instrument doesn’t have “front keys” for the altissimo range above F, I assume I can’t benefit from your altissimo video? The alto saxophone has a range of 2.5 octaves.From the B flat (below middle c) all the way up to F sharp 3. Then, play F# to confirm the mouthpiece position. In addition, some older saxophones, won’t have a high F-sharp key, which means some alternate fingerings will be needed to play this note. Having said that, the octave key mechanism is different on various models and there are parts of those mechanisms that sometimes require a bit of play in order to function properly. both given to me by my Father a long time ago, i have a lot of time on my hands now, that’s how I found out about you, and as you can imagine, these Horns mean so much to me, In one of your links you said you worked on Horns, and noticed you knew what you were doing, the question I’d like to ask you, in a complete overhaul, every shaft that work the Keys, should be tightly screwed in, other words no play (movement), including the shaft that “You will never have too much air with either baritone or flute.”. Blowing down without changing the position of the head is another of Rousseau’s techniques to help the student understand the concept. Having them hear you say the same things – long tones, overtones, time keeping- makes me look not so crazy after all. The tenor’s high G and G-sharp (the highest notes of the first octave key) are also unstable and as a result have a tendency to crack because the upper vent tube is too low; Rousseau recommends playing the pitches without tonguing in order to “find the target.”. It is of high-quality leather pads with metal resonators, including adjustable key height screws and metal thumb rest. Try playing scales up there and simple melodies. Switching to my tenor, which is a Mark VI, I often go to use it only to find that it isn't there. or am I doing something wrong. I love the horn, and it plays great, but it's a minor annoyance. When I try to it says its submitting but just set’s there and does nothing. The shape of the embouchure is the same for each saxophone but the size of the shape changes with the size of the instrument – “When changing saxophones, change the size of the circle.” The larger saxophones require a larger quantity of air as well- the displacement (i.e., the amount of air inside the instrument) of the tenor is eight times that of the soprano and the displacement of the baritone is eight times that of the alto. F-sharp is different on tenor and alto saxophone. A socket is soldered to the bottom of the instrument and an adjustable rod is screwed into the socket. Again, I’m only spending a few minutes on these exercises, but I’m doing it every day. I’ll be updating this chart at some point with my revised fingerings. Front F Key The Front F key is the topmost left hand key and is pressed by the first finger. The C sharp note was not crisp in the review unit but overall, playability was commendable. Repeat the pattern for high D and continue the pattern chromatically to F-sharp. The video clip shows example 2 followed by example 1 with a tuner displaying the pitch. High F-Sharp key, Rheuben Allen Designed High F-Sharp key and Trill F-Sharp Keys. He encourages his students to perform on more than one member of the saxophone family because “if you play more than one saxophone, you’re doubling.”. The written part ascends to a high E, which would sound as an F-sharp on the E-flat Alto Saxophone. If you don’t yet know what overtones are then you really shouldn’t be working on your altissimo yet. It is made from real Brass and has hand engraved bell decoration. You don’t want your tongue to be closing off your throat. The areas of the mouthpiece critical to influencing tone quality are the opening and length of the facing, balanced side rails, a chamber of appropriate size, and a well-designed baffle. To get to G from here I lift up the first finger. The mouthpiece design transforms the player’s air into sonic speed and, together with the reed vibration generates the key elements of good tone. This fingering chart includes both basic fingerings and alternatives that are more appropriate in some passages. He provides a concrete example to help the student learn to achieve a large, warm stream of air – “A small air stream, which is correct for the clarinet, produces a ‘sizzle’ sound. 8 ve Key. In tuning the saxophone AND a saxophone section it is best to start with two notes: When tuning the saxophone section I recommend that all play B because this allows us to hear each instrument on a note that is in the same position acoustically. It’s not 100% the same, but it’s darned close.”. Thank you for your help. And that’s right at the top of the horn and that generally improves the saxophone quite a bit. MM. Whether one can or cannot upgrade an instrument, upgrading the mouthpiece will enhance performance. Not all saxophones have a high F sharp key….some do but some don’t. Here’s a diagram of both options. The location and size of the tone holes, including the pad height and pad material. When you’re testing different fingerings, sometimes you have to compromise as well. Upgrading an entire section’s mouthpieces can also provide excellent results, especially if the mouthpieces are of similar make and design. Unlike the other saxophones, tenors with the RSK4 can play the side keys up to middle F. Rousseau finds that it is easier to get good reeds for tenor and baritone than it is for soprano and alto. Again, Rousseau offers a checklist: If you play only one saxophone, you don’t play them all.” Rousseau believes in the value of versatility, whether it is the ability to speak the language of classical music in addition to the language of jazz, to teach music history and music theory, or to have a working familiarity with soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones. Try to get your tongue to relax and lay down flat. 2. To produce a large air stream, fill a circle made with the thumb and finger held a couple of inches from the mouth.” Warmer air can also be created by changing the direction of the air stream. ANTIGUA 3100 ALTO SAXOPHONE WITH HIGH F SHARP WITH CONTOURED CASE (AS3100LG). Everyone is entitled to believe what they believe, but I believe that if you put a spring up here [shows], you’re high F# tenor will respond much better. All of these front fingerings and altissimo fingerings are with the octave key. Like Marcel Mule, he speaks of the saxophone in vocal rather than string terms, asking us to make the saxophone sing. This works on some tenors. Many student players take the time to tune to one note — which is fine for a start. My throat is going to be closing off. You need to whitelist my email address and add me to your list of contacts. So that’s the difference between the high F# tenor and the F tenor. Altissimo Fingerings for Alto Saxophone by Christopher Barrick F#3 G3 G#3 A3 1. Kevin thanks for getting in touch. Your email address will not be published. The two audiofiles are two different versions of the first few notes of an alto saxophone solo. On one of my tenors I play just the front F key for G but on another I add the side Bb for tuning. I normally use the palm keys to reach altissimo D, E, and F. 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. Many notes on the saxophone have only one possible fi… The note C is the same on both alto and tenor — one, three, and one, three, E-flat pinkie key. 1. If the pitch produced is C or C-sharp, the air pressure is the greatest and the air quantity the least. Required fields are marked *, Learn to play melodies by ear and improvise solos using the 5 notes of the pentatonic scale.Intermediate, Develop your ability to play improvised solos using the Blues style and language. We also have the tendency to bite down in the altissimo range and this can definitely cause the notes to not speak clearly. F-sharp is different on tenor and alto saxophone. A harness is also possible as is a tripod, but that seems to be the least satisfactory solution because of the lack of flexibility. I play my overtones over about three octaves on low B-flat, B and C and sometimes I go up to C-sharp and D. I play a couple exercises and a couple melodies just with overtones. “Each instrument has an optimum amount of air.” The soprano, for example, should not use an air stream like the alto or the clarinet – it’s in between. By eliminating the tongue, the player is forced to use the air correctly. I know a lot of younger students are watching my videos and I’m glad it’s making their teachers’ lives easier. Incidentally, Rousseau says that Selmer and Yamaha use the same brass alloy (65 copper and 35 zinc) in their saxophones. The chart is by Yamaha. Soprano sax with high G key. It's kind of difficult but I managed to play it fast so that you can't hear the High C Sharp, when I mess up the Altissimo F Sharp sounds buzzy. Practicing a note decrescendo, especially with a tuner, is also an excellent tool for developing the tone. The size of the two mouthpieces illustrates the need for more air on soprano. The other fingering uses the ‘high F’ key with the pointer finger of the left hand and the middle finger of the left hand pressing the C key (and the octave key). Different instruments will often prefer variations on the fingerings to get the best response and tuning. Connects well to A3-1, Bb3-1, B3-1 and C4-1. Reeds and mouthpieces are additional areas of concern. But yes, after an overhaul, there should not be any excess movement in the keys. Nearly every modern E-flat Alto has keywork to this note. This 6 part video course gets delivered via email over a week. You want a good sound and you want the note to be in tune but you also want something that’s relatively easy to get to from other notes. Click below for a video to make sure your embouchure is solid: While you’re working on all these sound exercises, you want to pay careful attention to the shape of your throat. The embouchure is the connection between player and instrument. Thank you!! It’s interesting how many of these notes can be played with just one or 2 fingers down. Bring corners of the mouth in, toward the center -round feeling. Isn't high F sharp just the three palm keys, side F, and the F sharp key? The straight soprano is at such a different angle (it must either be held out or the player must duck his head) that it may sound very differently to the performer but not to the audience. You can still try the fingerings that do not use the front F key. It is easily seen that it is very easy to go to this high G from fork E, fork F, or fork F#. Most saxophonists are initially attracted to the instrument by its sound and that topic is often what Eugene Rousseau addresses first in saxophone workshops, master classes, and his studio. Intermediate-Advanced, Develop essential fundamental skills on saxophone. Depending on your saxophone sometimes there is a high F# key Right next to your lower F# the one that plays right hand middle finger, If there is one key its the low F# if there is 2 keys there is a High altissimo F# which is the one above the lower one. The goal is to achieve the following pitches: Keep the embouchure round. Mr Metcalf my name is Fred Marsh from Australia, I have retired from actually performing just on 2years in 2/3/4/6/ piece bands Tenor. Saxophone Fingering Chart. The presence or absence of a rod at the opening of the bell. Now that I’m retired, I finally have the time to dive into my sax. The finger work for the basic notes is the same for all saxophones, so whether playing the baritone saxophone or the alto saxophone, the fingering chart is the same. After a short period of reinforcement of learning how to use the air, the tongue can be reintroduced. Like everything else on saxophone, playing in the altissimo range is really hard until one day it’s not so hard. The air flow is controlled by the position of the tongue, so you may have to experiment by thinking of a different syllable -from “ee” to “ah.”. You don’t need to spend half an hour on this every day. In fact, some instruments may have flawed or obsolete designs which make blending more difficult. Complete with original suitcase and mouthpiece. Theory . It’s the sound work like the long tones and overtone exercises that really make a difference. Recently globally checked. E. F. F sharp G flat. The right hand is used to operate the octave key in order to minimize any reaction from the embouchure or air caused by the normal use of the left thumb. The Front Fingerings ... fingerings with the high F-sharp key (i.e., LSK 1, 2, 3 and RSK 3 & 4), as well as the . B. C. C sharp D flat. I have a 1959 Selmer Paris Tenor, a 1936 Dolnet Paris Alto I am able to play all the altissimo notes from high f# to c. The problem is that I find it difficult to get the notes in my head on the regular playing or live. Tends to be flat. Really I’m on the mouthpiece for about a minute or so. Altissimo F-sharp and G on Tenor Sax. With such a wide range from which to choose, we must select the correct pitch. Thankyou. Most altissimo notes have several different possible fingerings. Unlike the smaller saxophones, the baritone overblows the palm keys a minor sixth; as the palm key pitches become higher it gets closer to a major sixth. Then, when tuning the section further, note the five examples below. Not your mouth, not your jaw, not your lips, your air stream does all the work. To get to B natural for both tenor and alto, I add the D palm key and I lift up two and three. Players can improve their tone by inhaling quickly and deeply through the corners of their mouths. It is now not unusual for professional or even student horns to have this key. Overtones are when you finger one note, like low B-flat, on your saxophone, and you’re able to play several different notes in partials above the note with the same fingering. Middle F-sharp: It is possible to use the ring finger (instead of the middle finger) of the right hand. Click below to find out if you’re practicing the right things: If I don’t do that warm-up I’m going to get into all sorts of bad habits where I’m trying to force notes out with my embouchure by squeezing really hard. Matthew, perhaps try some different fingerings for those notes. Could you send me the exercises and the fingering chart for altissimo. Trilling the RSK4 may also work. If your tuner says you are playing sharp, or too high, then move your mouthpiece out slightly on the neck cork. I’m going to be dropping my jaw to get the low notes out. One can play the range of a whole octave on the alto mouthpiece, less on the other mouthpieces. The lacquer finish is outstanding and the horn comes with a ligature and cap. They also work on my Selmer Mark VI If you are using a different fingering or you find a different fingering that you prefer by all means use that one. Great to see this chart, but then also greater to see that, “hey, it’s not even needed!” Out of curiosity, do you hit your altissimo notes with no fingerings at all like you suggest in the article–that is, purely by using voicing with your oral cavity? The only reliable F Alto is the Conn “Mezzo-Soprano” Saxophone from 1928/29. A sharp B flat. The thickness of the metal – generally speaking, thinner is better but the optimum thickness is about .085 inch. However, many of the saxophone fingering charts out there come with little or no explanation on how to read and interpret them. You have to miss about 100 altissimo notes before they start coming out onstage when you want them to. My alto sax is a Buescher True Tone Low Pitch, circa 1920’s, and I don’t think it has “front keys.” If you search the internet, you’ll find countless examples. I’m finding more and more possibilities of each note and I’m looking for fingerings that are easier to move around between notes. Why cant I download the altissimo PDF. The shorter levers of the soprano compared to the alto will result in much less distance traveled by the keys and will be very obvious to the player. “Don’t put too much air through the soprano – there’s a maximum point.” For an instrument with a curved neck, the bell is almost straight down with the right hand very near the body. Continue that good sound to the higher pitches.” In all registers, a decrescendo on the mouthpiece alone is the best long tone exercise – “That is the test. If your tuner shows your sound to be a little low or flat, then you will need to push your mouthpiece further in on the neck cork. I play a major scale and some arpeggios. The optimum position of the reed is even with the tip of the mouthpiece at eye level. It’s playing long tones, on the mouthpiece all by itself and overtone work. See here for the alternate or false finding effect Your email address will not be published. Sustain the following concert pitch at ff: Check the air/embouchure balance (Is the embouchure loose? Intonation tendencies also vary. On alto sax, G-sharp is one, three, one plus the side C key (the middle right hand side key). Alto Sax Fingering Chart | Allpetsdavidking.co.uk, Alto Sax Fingering Chart | MYyeducationsearch, Saxophone Mouthpiece Play-Tests & Mini Reviews. I start off all of my practice sessions with long tones and I play long tones over the entire range of my saxophone. Yet another suggestion is to “verify the tone from time to time with a fermata.” 116. Main fingering. Chris, I always use fingerings for altissimo notes but I’m always changing the fingerings I use. Middle D tends to be sharp on each family member but is markedly so on tenor; sometimes LSKI can be used instead of the octave key to help with this problem. Rousseau suggests: Problems with palm key notes, such as D through F-sharp above the staff, are addressed through a specific technique. Although soprano and tenor, like alto and baritone, are pitched an octave apart as instruments, the mouthpiece pitch is not. However, only the baritone saxophone has a low A. Don’t let the air stream thin out by keeping the same basic pitch on the mouthpiece softly as loudly.”. There are many different possibilities for each note. Teeth must rest on top of the mouthpiece. Or, stated another way, the embouchure is solid; it’s the air stream that is ‘loose’. 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. But normally on tenor I add that side key, lift up my second finger and put down my first finger in the right hand. C to D-flat: Trill the RSK2 or, possibly, the RSKI and 2 together. It’s important that we start out by using our front E, front F and front F-sharp fingerings first. This will produce a perfect fifth which, if not in tune, is also very easy to hear. Rousseau believes that the playing of octave slurs is one of the best exercises to improve the high register. To determine the correct balance between air and embouchure, a simple test is to play a note using only the mouthpiece. Note that the same pitch can be produced on the soprano and the clarinet mouthpieces. Middle F-sharp: It is possible to use the ring finger (instead of the middle finger) of the right hand. When playing high F# to Altissimo G I get a lot of cracking from one or both notes, ( Using front F#) I’ve gotten pretty good at playing altissimo but am having trouble going from F# to G. Any info on what I’m doing wrong? ThankYou for the excellent study and exercise videos on the saxophone, Pingback: Alto Sax Fingering Chart | Allpetsdavidking.co.uk, Pingback: Alto Sax Fingering Chart | MYyeducationsearch, Are the charts you provided correct?? 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