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Altissimo Fingerings for Tenor Sa ophone
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I ve been interested in the altissimo register since high school when I first heard Tower of Power recordings featuring Lenny Pickett. There are so many sources of information out there for people who want to learn to play altissimo (see below for a few useful links). In this post, I want to share the set of fingerings that I ve found most useful in my own tenor playing. I favor fingerings that work well together to facilitate melodic lines. Some of these aren t the best available options in terms of intonation or tone, but sometimes the better sounding fingering is a bit awkward within a passage. Given this philosophy, here are the altissimo fingerings I use. Try them out in a melodic context so you can see how they flow together. Also, if you are new to altissimo, please learn the fundamentals of overtone production first before jumping into fingering charts. You shouldn t have to bite or strain to do any of this. Sigurd Raschèr s book is where I started.
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It s a little unclear, but the palm keys indicated in the charts, from left to right, are D, Eb, and F. Notation is as written for saxophone. Note names are in reference to saxophone range (ie. F3 is the third F from the lowest available note).
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This note sounds a little dodgy, but in passing this a nice alternate fingering to the standard palm high F and front F fingerings. Works well chromatically through G#3.
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A#4 kevindanenberg.1/18/12 Altissimo Fingerings for Tenor Sa ophone graphic design green Jackie McLean jazz Lenny Pickett Manhattan minor seventh chord pattern New York City Park Slope A nice alternate to front F. recording recycling repair Photography photos Pier 66 Saxophone repair saxophone softball soundtrack Star Trek 3 Sean Taylor Sidewalk Cafe Stefan Zeniuk sustainable SVA tenor The BlackTails The Puck ThinkPad trees TSS Yukonaughtica upcoming gigs video YouTube I usually use front F. Easy transition between alternate G3 below. SOURC ES: Sigurd M. Alternate. Adding the pinky G# key raises the pitch and adds pop. Rasch r. Lenny Pickett. E. You might like to add right hand 123 (F. and D keys) instead. but the alternate fingering facilitates some passages. I just play left hand 2 and 3 (A and G keys). #3 A3 In passing.com/blog/2011/09/altissimo-fingerings-for-tenor-sa ophone/ 2/8 .
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kevindanenberg. SOURC E: Sigurd M. Rasch r. SOURC E: Lenny Pickett. Rasch r. overblown by a fourth. A#5 Try arpeggiating up to these at first. 4 For me. this is the highest note to easily pop out.1/18/12 Altissimo Fingerings for Tenor Sa ophone repeated.com/blog/2011/09/altissimo-fingerings-for-tenor-sa ophone/ 5/8 . #4 I find this fingering to be a little muted. A4 SOURC E: Sigurd M.
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I d love to hear your comments and suggestions! This entry was posted in Sa ophone. The reed adjustment chart within is priceless! These Saxophone Fingering Charts and find what works best for you. top tones. Raschèr. Lenn Pickett. The Blues Nice and Slow B Minor Rhythmic Tenor Drone Michael Brecker Transcriptions Galore Four New Albums « Restoring M Speed 1987 Peugeot Iseran 12Angelo & Ert Premieres at Ro al Flush Film Festival » Po a Commen Your email is never published nor shared. I highly recommend this book. tenor. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL. The University of New South Wales has a detailed site about Saxophone Acoustics . Uncategori ed and tagged altissimo.com/blog/2011/09/altissimo-fingerings-for-tenor-sa ophone/ 7/8 . Bookmark the permalink. Sigurd Rascher. Go through them that has really helped with my altissimo. Bret! software Music notation created with Sibelius Octave Range A lot of these fingerings came from Top-Tones from the Saxophone: Fourby Sigurd M. Required fields are marked * Name * kevindanenberg. It s worth learning about acoustic impedance and studying their database profiling acoustic response Thanks to Norbert Stachel well into the altissimo range. Norbert Stachel.1/18/12 Altissimo Fingerings for Tenor Sa ophone So rces & Reso rces I created the fingering diagrams using Bret Pimentel s wonderful Fingering diagram builder Thanks. The are critical for developing altissimo technique! Another great book is Larry Teal s The Art of Saxophone Playing . Work through all the overtone e ercises. for his expert mouthpiece refacing work and advice are ridiculously thorough. fingering chart. with many alternate fingerings up through F4.
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