Saxtalk.com Alto Saxophone Fingering Charts

 Saxtalk.com Alto Saxophone Fingering Charts: https://saxtalk.com/saxophone_fingering_chart.html

On October 9, 2020, I added the first revision (Version 0.1) of the Saxtalk.com Alto Saxophone Fingering Charts to Saxtalk.

Design Philosophy:

  1. I designed and implemented the saxophone fingering charts that I needed. I am focused on becoming the best alto saxophonist that I can become, so I chose to focus solely on alto saxophone fingerings.
  2. I tested and verified all of the fingerings in the charts on a Selmer Reference 54 alto saxophone.
  3. I used two references for the alto saxophone altissimo fingerings (F#-3 - 830.61 Hz to G-4 - 1864.66 Hz).
    • "Altissimo Fingerings for Alto Saxophone" by Doctor Christopher Barrick: Saxophonist, Professor of Music, and School Director at Eastern Michigan University: https://arts.unl.edu/music/saxophone/Documents/Barrick%20Altissimo%20Chart.pdf
    • Bettersax.com: I found Doctor Barrick's altissimo fingerings for alto saxophone to be the most reliable and consistent ones, but I initially had trouble producing Bb-4 (1108.73 Hz) using the Barrick fingerings. I found that the Bettersax.com fingering for Bb-4 allowed me to produce the tone relatively easily. As I practiced more and my embouchure strengthened, I became able to produce Bb-4 using the Barrick fingerings. I have left the Bettersax fingering for Bb-4 in the charts: Bb-4c. You can visit the Bettersax.com altissimo fingerings section here: https://bettersax.com/altissimo-fingerings-alto-sax-tenor-sax/
  4. Most saxophone fingering charts are designed from the perspective of looking at the front of the saxophone. When I think of the saxophone, I think of it from the perspective of where I spend the most time: behind the saxophone. My fingering charts imagines that you are playing the saxophone, hence looking at it from behind.
  5. I added the tools to the fingering charts that I found useful: (1.) a sample tuning tone and (2.) the exact frequency of each tone.
  6. I licensed the fingering charts as free software/open-source material so that others can download them and improve upon them, or make a version for tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone etc.
  7. I created the fingering charts using only free and open-source software (FOSS):

 

 

 

This article was updated on October 11, 2020

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DateSaxtalk.com's Version #Log Entry10/9/20200.1Added alto saxophone fingering charts. Changed Saxtalk.com's Publii theme from Simple 2.2.3.0 to Massively 1.1.1.0. Incremented Saxtalk.com's version number from…