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Saxophone Fingering Chart: The Complete Guide

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Saxophone Fingering Chart

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This saxophone fingering chart will help you learn how to finger all the notes within the normal range of the saxophone.

(there's also what's called the altissimo register, but that's way beyond what a beginner or intermediate player needs to get started and progress on the sax.)

The sax fingerings applies to all saxophone models. So, it doesn't matter if you play the soprano, alto, tenor or bari saxophone. Each fingering is illustrated along with a brief description in text.

The biggest benefits with this saxophone fingering chart are the instructional videos that go along with each fingering.

I show you exactly how to finger and play the note, so that you can reference both the fingering and sound.

 

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Saxophone key chart and fingering diagram for beginners

This chart covers all the basic and alternate key fingerings on the saxophone that you need to know on the saxophone.

Starting from low B up to high F-sharp

low B

low_B_sax_fingering

Just as with B-flat, this note, the low b note on saxophone, can be a bit hard to finger if you are a beginner and especially a child.

You need to use all your fingers in order to get the note right.

Don’t be discouraged if you get squeaks or cannot hit the note. It’s part of the process and you’ll be able to get it in time for sure.

low B fingering video

C1

C1_saxophone_fingering

This fingering require three fingers in the left hand and four fingers in the right hand as shown on the graphics and in the video.

Tip:

If you find it hard to hit the note try “walking down” from notes higher up on the instrument. i.e E1-D1-C1

C1 fingering for sax



Bb1 & A#1 - Alternate fingerings included

image of b-flat fingerings

This note has two names, but still sounds the same. In the video you’ll see both the basic way to finger Bb1 (A#1) as well as the most common alternate fingerings.

The alternate fingerings are really useful to know as you learn to play more melodies and even solos on your saxophone. These fingerings will make it a lot easier to play certain combination of notes on your sax.

However, that being said, you should always make a habit of using the basic fingering first when you practice scales and do other saxophone exercises. That way you’ll be able to develop a solid technique on your saxophone, which will make you an overall better sax player.


Get the PDF version here

This PDF will serve as your fingering guide when you are not on this website. It's been laid out so that you learn all the basic fingerings as well as the most common alternate fingerings.

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Download the PDF version of the fingering chart here!

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