Reply. And many of these are quite tricky fingerings . 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. How To Play F sharp on the Alto Saxophone. For the first Altissimo (Altissimo F Sharp) I have to play a High C Sharp in order to be able to reach the Altissimo F Sharp even though the High C Sharp doesn't fit in the song. Alternate Fingering Chart for Saxophone Middle Altissimo: Bb 6 to C# 7. 2. For those of you who are still working on ascending into the altissimo register, I would suggest slurring up to G from F-sharp, and, of course, use the G-sharp key. Hello and welcome to this series of Notes On Alto Saxophone. Because of different makes and models of saxophone, there is no fingering that will be accurate or in tune for every instrument, but even some of the fingerings in this list that may be discarded at first may sound fine as passing notes or trill fingerings in the extreme upper range. mrG October 19, 2012 @ 8:32 am “try the other standard G fingering” … ok, now I’m in trouble because I thought the 1-3/1-3 was the standard fingering! But the one that I can't play is the 2nd Altissimo (Altissimo B). These are the side F sharp and high F sharp keys. I wouldn’t have guessed that it was so important so so many people. So much so that the post in question is rank #2 after a Youtube video when searching for “bari sax altissimo “. Front F It is also useful for many altissimo fingerings. Some alternate fingerings are designed for fast passages, while others modify the tone, color, or pitch at normal and extreme dynamic levels. Notes On An Alto Sax – G flat F sharp. Altissimo notes are above the "normal" range of the sax. Simply find another set and try those. 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. Connects well to A3-1, Bb3-1, B3-1 and C4-1. This fingering chart includes trill fingerings, which are fingerings designed for rapid alternation between two notes at an interval of a minor second (semitone) or a major second (whole tone) apart. Not tried it on my Yamaha alto yet. Tends to be flat. More stable if sax has high F# key; awkward to access higher notes. High G or altissimo G is a hard note to play. 1. Stable and good pitch. Altissimo Fingerings for Alto Saxophone by Christopher Barrick F#3 G3 G#3 A3 1. Of course, as you're doubtless aware, altissimo isn't simply a case of using the right fingering - some embouchure work is also required. What to you do if you happen to love that old Buescher Truetone with no aux F? Fragile and often hard to voice; connects well to G3-1. OK let’s cut to the chase, most people would think a top F to G altissimo trill is not that easy. These are called the side keys. Reply. This is true whether you use aux F or palm (SK3) F and w 1. 1. I’ve been out of school 3 years, playing 6-nights/week 10 months/year. What’s important is that you practice using these front fingerings for E, F and F#. Mar 27, 2013 #5 G# has proven elusive for me on my vintage Kings. Altissimo is produced by the player using various voicing techniques such as air stream, tongue, throat and embouchure variations to disturb the fundamental of a note which results in one of the higher overtones dominating. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. 2. works best on alto saxophone but may also be used for tenor, while RSK 3 is used as a vent for soprano and RSK 1 is used as a vent for baritone). Altissimo fingerings are slightly different on alto and tenor and they even vary from one saxophone to the next. This diagram shows what actually happens , ie which keycups are closed when you use auxiliary F key along with a C fingering (as shown in the first diagram). Many of these fingerings can also be used as alternate fingerings for some fast passages. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Saxophone altissimo is generally considered to be any note that is higher than written high F ♯ which is considered to be the highest note in the saxophone's regular range. Your email address will not be published. I know you are used to playing those notes with the palm keys, but you will see that it’s much easier to connect into the altissimo range if you pass through the front F fingerings. With that in mind I set out to find another finger chart that was specific to the baritone. (BTW they do not have the modern F# key) I tried your fingering and I ended up with a G; However, when I lifted the F key, G# came out. 1. Near your right pinky there are two more keys you can press. Today I’m going to show you all of my fingerings from high F-sharp up through high C in the altissimo range for alto saxophone and tenor saxophone. For the first Altissimo (Altissimo F Sharp) I have to play a High C Sharp in order to be able to reach the Altissimo F Sharp even though the High C Sharp doesn't fit in the song. Hey ho,there you go fella.I used the normal altissimo G for many years,hit and miss but once i was at our Birdmans place ,Studiosaxophones and he mentioned it.Never looked back on them dreaded G's.Of course you need a top F Sharp key on your sax for this to work but i have played modern horns for about 10 years now so no problem,glad it helped out. But the one that I can't play is the 2nd Altissimo (Altissimo B). Near the crook of your right hand you’ll notice a bar with three additional keys. Martin . In addition, you’ll see an extra one or two keys, depending on your saxophone, beneath this bar. Read More » Phil-Tone Intrepid 6 and Novella 6 – Mini Mouthpiece Review Here’s a look at two mouthpieces from Phil-Tone Mouthpieces, first I the Intrepid 6 then the Novella 6. I know that I’ll have to play alternate high F sharp. In this lesson for Beginner Saxophone Notes, we are going to learn how to play the note F sharp and G flat on our alto saxophone. This fingering chart includes both basic fingerings and alternatives that are more appropriate in some passages. Required fields are marked * Comment. There’s another more often recommended? Since the pandemic I let 3 techs look at the VI, but bought a Series III and Custom Z tenor. I know this because I helped to research and write the "background" section of the patent application. This Sax is Better Today I’m very excited to officially announce to you the release of the BetterSax alto saxophone. If you don’t have that key you can fake it: Top E How To Play G flat on the Alto Saxophone. My set up on … zootspiker New Member. 2. The thing with the saxophone is that once you’ve played for a while, and have gotten a full command of the range of the horn, you’ll want to get into the altissimo range. or even between different makes or models of the same size. Main fingering for accessing altissimo. Some books I’ve looked at are very odd. Messages 25. Send me a copy of your altissimo alto saxophone fingerings. In fact, I had a student try adding the G-sharp key to the altissimo fingering he was using when working towards G, and he was able to play and sustain the note for the first time ever. 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. Here’s the good news: you can fake it. Here's a guide to learn how. My bundy II alto saxophone doesn’t have a high F sharp key on it. Usually you’ll start with F sharp, and then skip butter note (the high G), and go into high A which a little easier to pop out. This fingering chart includes both basic fingerings and alternatives that are more appropriate in some passages. On this page we only show the standard range of the saxophone (up to F on older instruments and up to F# on many newer ones) but we also have a chart of fingerings for the extended (altissimo range) For more alternative fingerings see here; For altissimo fingerings see here . These two notes are also notorious for requiring different fingerings for alto, tenor etc. 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. Lower Register Lower register key of C Upper Register Despite working on altissimo with 3 professors, I just couldn’t play up there with any reliability, but I’m fine on alto. So long as your saxophone has a front-F key (and 99.999% of saxophones do) then hitting a high F# (and a few notes beyond) really shouldn't be a problem. Main fingering. Trill Fingering Chart for Saxophone Altissimo Register: F# 6 to C 7. They are really overtones and amount to playing the sax like a trumpet where each fingering has several notes going higher and higher. After reviewing many low cost alto saxophone options available I. Hitting these high notes on the saxophone can be one of the hardest things about playing. This fingering is better than the F palm keys for making a fast interval between C and top F (or any of the left hand fingerings). Some alternate fingerings are designed for fast passages, while others modify the tone, color, or pitch at normal and extreme dynamic levels. It’s funny that my most view post was about playing altissimo on the baritone. Altissimo G on Sax. I have played around with this for about 20 minutes with the same result for both horns. Top F: Auxiliary F (AKA “Front” F) fingering useful for arpeggio F. Also the basis for many altissimo fingerings. Saxophone Altissimo Matt Olson, Furman University Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist This handout is intended to provide some strategies for developing the altissimo register of your playing, including some preparatory exercises, a fingering chart for alto saxophone, and some additional resources that you should check out. 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