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I just got a new Ref 36 tenor and I'm going to start working on altissimo.

Any fingering help would be appreciated! What's working for you guys?

My set up:
Ref 36 tenor
Retro Revival Super Dex 7 (Metal Link double ring inspired)
NY Alexander 3 or Vandoren ZZ 3


On alto which I've been playing exclusively for the past 2 years or so I can get up to B consistently and attack each note directly. I have not used altissimo much yet in improve thoug. This ability just emerged about 6 months ago after many months of trying. The notes are sounding fairly full and not too thin and getting more and more in tune and sounding right the more I practice them. Which ironically - now that I can hit them is not as often. For some reason it sounds too high pitched up there on alto. Tenor is another story.

Alto set up
1956 Mark VI alto
NY Meyer limited edition 6
2.5 Rigotti Gold reeds
 

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I forgot to mention. I can get G on tenor by playing the B key and the F# key.
Hi,
I thought I would chime in since no-one with more solid knowledge has replied. I have very (and I mean very!) limited altissimo capability, but I find that for A, octave + OXX OOO + the RH F/F# trill key work well, both with my Yamaha 82Z and my Selmers (none of which is a Ref 36, I´m afraid). For G, I use the same fingering as you do. A good source for altissimo exercises and fingerings is "Saxophone altissimo" by Robert A. Luckey, PhD (Advance Music 1993).

/Saxray
 
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