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The Complete Saxophone Fingering Chart

By September 1, 2019 September 6th, 2019 sax lessons, saxophone articles

Learn the Fingering for the Complete C Major Scale In This Video:

Complete Saxophone Fingering Chart Below

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 The Saxophone Range

Below is the saxophone fingering chart. Whether you play an alto saxophone, tenor saxophone or any others, the range is the same for all saxophone, therefor, the saxophone fingering chart shown below applies to every type of saxophone. The lowest note is B flat and goes up 2 and one half octaves to the top F. Everything above that top F is called the altissimo range which can be learned after you have really good control over the normal range.

Other instruments that have similar fingering systems are the clarinet and especially the flute. Those who come to the saxophone from those instruments will find the sax fingering system very easy to learn.

The fingering is the same for the whole saxophone family, the two most popular ones being the alto and the tenor:

  • sopranino
  • soprano
  • alto
  • C melody
  • tenor
  • baritone
  • bass
  • contra bass

Are You Confused Why a Note played on a Tenor Sounds Different Than the Same Note Played on an Alto?

If you have an alto and you play your C, then pick up a tenor and play that same C the notes are note the same. Why? because the saxophone is a “Transposing Instrument” which means because of the way it’s built; size, design etc, they will produce different pitches, even though we’re fingering the exact same note.

For a detailed explanation on this please check out one of my other blog posts Saxophone Keys Explained

Top Notes (left hand)

The very top key marked OK stands for Octave Key. All saxophones have a thumb rest right below it and it is pressed using your thumb as required.
The next key marked X is for an alternate fingering which you will learn in another lesson.
Next is the key marked 1. This is your index finger.
Next is the key marked 2. This is for your middle finger.
Next is the key marked 3. This is for your 3rd finger.
Below that is the cluster, which consists of 4 notes, all of which are pressed using your pinky finger.

Top Side Keys

The D side key is pressed with the palm of your hand right below your index finger.
The Eb key is pressed with your index finger.
The F key is pressed with your 3rd finger.

Bottom Notes (right hand)

The key marked 4 is for your index finger.
The key marked 5 is for your middle finger.
The key marked 6 is for your 3rd finger.
Below that are the 2 half moon-shaped keys which are pressed using your pinky finger.

Bottom Side Keys

The 3 side keys, E, C, and Eb are all pressed with your index finger.
The side F# key is pressed with your 3rd finger.

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Saxophone Fingering Chart Illustrations For All Notes

 

 

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