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I have been learning to play alto sax for the past couple of years and I'm quite happy with tone production in the middle and to an extent, the high register. However, I have an issue with the low register.

I can play the low B flat and low C, but the low B sounds exactly the same as low C.

I'm pretty sure I am fingering it properly but have attached a few images below that should show what I am doing.

Left hand

Right hand

Both hands

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Alan: Welcome to SOTW. It appears your left pinky is opening the C# vent. The low B (we call it B1) is the spatula just above where your left pinky is resting. If you remove your left pinky and keep the rest of your fingers positioned as they are in the photos, you will sound a saxophone C.

One thing to keep in mind is that with the exception of just a few notes, your horn will sound notes higher as each vent open. Look to see what tone-hole is opened by each spatula and you can see how the tone will rise as you open each vent above the other. DAVE
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