Sax on the Web Forum Archive / Alto Saxophone / Really High G

User ID: 7837853
Aug 6th 7:44 PM
I've been playing my sax for 5 years now and I have never come across the really high G and I have no idea how to play it. Well I play my really high F with my middle left hand palm Key and the highest of the right hand palm keys. but I don't know how to play the G! PLEASE HELP SOON! I NEED IT FOR NEXT WEEK!!!!!
Paul L
User ID: 0819174
Aug 6th 7:53 PM
This is known as the altissimo register of the saxophone. Depending on your make and model of saxophone, the fingering can very.

However, I believe the most commonly successful fingering is to play with your left hand; left index finger and left ring finger (this is commonly referred to as 1-3, the first and third fingers on the keyboard). Then with your right hand do the same thing; right index and ring fingers.

You will also need to form the throat cavity different, making sure to make a shape that resembles that of making an "EEE" sound (very narrow, and back of the tongue a little higher).

Does that explain it clearly? If not, let us know.
Gordon (NZ)
User ID: 1265504
Aug 6th 9:47 PM
Very comprihensive fingering charts: