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Alternate Fingering Chart for Saxophone

Second Octave: D5 to F6

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.

D5

D2 T 123|123 Basic.  
D123|123 Better tone. PS2
T 123B|123 Better in tune.  MR
T 123Bb|123 Slightly flat.  MR
Eb–2–|–––

Use in combination with C5.

AS2
D–––|––– Use in combination with C5. AS2

D5
E5

Eb2 T 123|123Eb Basic.  
T Eb D123|123Eb Bigger, richer tone. Slightly awkward at fast speed. AW
–––|E––– Useful in passages in E and B major. PS4
F–2–|–––

Matches timbre of upper first octave notes.

JP2

E5
F5

E2 T 123|12– Basic.  
T 123A|123C Full sound, slow response. Harmonic over A3. For baritone with RH 4 low A key. AP
F––|E––– Use in combination with D5. In–tune and clear tone. PS4

E5
F5

F2 T 123|1–– Basic.  

F5
G5

F#2 T 123|–2– Basic.  
T 123|1–F# Chromatic. Use in combination with F4 or F5.  
T 123|––3 For soprano, alto, and tenor. JV
123Bb|–23C For soprano, alto, and tenor. JV

G5

G2 T 123|––– Basic.  

G5
A5

G#2 T 123G#|––– Basic.  
T 123C#|––– Use in combination with fingerings involving the low C key.  
T 123B|––– Use in combination with fingerings involving the low B key.  
T 123Bb|––– Use in combination with fingerings involving the low Bb key.  

A5

A2 T 12–|––– Basic.  
T 12–|–2– Flatter. Anon

A5
B5

Bb2 T 12–|Bb––– Basic.  
T 1Bb––|––– Use in passages in flat keys where there is no B4 or B5.  
T 1––|1–– Use in combination with F4 or F5.  
T 1––|–2– Use in combination with F4 or F5.  
T 1––|––3   MS
T 1–3|––– Use in fast passages in combination with G4 or G5. Dark and cloudy tone. PS4

B5
C6

B2 T 1––|––– Basic.  

B5
C6

C3 T –2–|––– Use in passages in flat keys where there is no B4 or B5.  
T 1––|C––– Use in combination with B4 or B5.  
T –23G#|––– Use in fast passages in combination with A4 or A5. PS4

C6
D6

C#3 T –––|––– Basic.  
T –––|123 Better tone and more stable. PL

D6

D3 T D–––|––– Basic.  
T Eb–2–|–––

Use in combination with C6.

AS2
T Eb1––|C––– Use in combination with B5 and C6. LG2

D6
E6

Eb3 T Eb D–––|––– Basic.  
T Eb–––|––– Lower pitch. PL
T Eb D–––|C––– For tenor. PH
T 1––|E C––– Slightly muffled and slightly flat on tenor models. Best used for mf and softer dynamics. More muffled on alto models. Useful in combination with B5. JH2

E6
F6

E3 T Eb D–––|E––– Basic.  
T Eb–––|E––– Lower pitch. PL
T DF––|–––   SS
T f–23|––– Use in fast passages with C6 or C6.  
T f–––|–––    
T Df–––|–––    
T f–––|E––– For tenor models. In tune and usable at all dynamic levels. Use in combination with similar F6 fingering. RS2
T f123|––– Use in combination with altissimo F6. Great for baritone. SS
T 123G#|E–––   WK

E6
F6

F3 T Eb DF––|E––– Basic.  
T f–2–|––– Use in combination with C6.  
T f–2–|E––– Sharper.  UL
T f–23G#|Bb––– For tenor. PH
T f–2–|–2– For baritone. KB3
T 12–|E–––   TM
T 12–G#|E–––   ET2
T EbF––|E––– Lower pitch. PL
T DF––|E––– Lower pitch. PL
T –F––|E––– Lower pitch. PL
T –––|f#–––   PD
T D Ebf–––|E–––

For tenor models. In tune and usable at all dynamic levels. Use in combination with similar E6 fingering. RS2
T f1––|––– Good for tenor. Use in combination with F#6 (T f1––|f#–––) and G6 (T f–––|f#–––) IH
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