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Hi. I've been playing tenor for about 20 years, and for the last few have been trying to get the altissimo thing going. At this point it's kind of frustrating. I've got a really strong playable F#3 and G3 (although sometimes I have to "grace note" up to the G) both with a good strong sound and good intonation. On a really good day I can play G#3 and A3, and when these are working they sound great, but can't consistantly play them. I work overtones and on these I can get to the second octave, ie Bb, B, and C3 with the low octave fingering, but that's pretty much it. My question is what happens on notes higher than G3 that's significantly different? As I say I've got a good solid dependable G3 and really nothing above that. I'm not looking to give Lenny Pickett a run for his money, but I'd love to have maybe a C or D4 in my toolbox. Thanks!
 

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What fingerings are you using? You might want to try a variety. Some work better than others for different horns.
 

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one easy way i found to pop a double A is play front E and swap the fingers and at least for me, it usually pops out pretty well. control is something im working on, however.
 

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Practice voicing. Longtones and overtones are the key to developing consistancy and accuracy in the altissimo register, not to mention overall tone and pitch. There are many great books which discuss developing the altissimo. I like Sigurd Rascher's Top Tones for the Saxophone and Voicing by Don Sinta and Denise Dabney. Both have alot of great excersizes.

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well

well what will happen with notes above that is that at first theyll be kind of constricted and sound like ***.............but thats where practicing comes in


basically after a3 thats where the tone really needs more work because if you can get g and a out without it splitting it will sound pretty good (to us at least...........brasses are irritated by our altissimo.......dont ask)

but then after that its wierd because its easier to get the higher altissimo notes out but they dont sound as open............so thats the difference and i say the way to practice this is to try 2 play the altissimo notes........u kno get them out first and then try 2 integrate your normal omberture into your altissimo so it will be more open and not so "skweaky"............overtones help as well
 
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