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Points on Fingering

The Octave Key. Starting with D on the fourth line of the
staff and for all notes above, you must press down the octave
key at the back of the saxophone with your left thumb.

Highest Notes. The highest notes, from high D to high F
(Fig. 79) are made by pressing against the keys A, B and C
with the inner part of your left fingers. The key D down below
at the back of the instrument is also used. To make high D
press against key B. To make high E press down keys A and B.
To make high D# or Eb press down keys A and B with your
left hand and key D down below with your right hand. To
make high F press down keys A, B and C with your left hand
and key D with your right hand.

Alternate fingerings. Alternate fingerings are given for F#
or Gb, A# or Bb and for C. Start in with the first fingering,
the one shown at the left, and experiment with the others
later on.

Playing Simple Tunes

As we said at the beginning, it does not usually take people
long to learn to make the notes on the saxophone. And as soon
as you have learned how to play up and down the scale, there
is absolutely nothing to stop you from starting right in to play-
simple tunes or even popular music. If you know how to read
music, it is a fairly simple matter to follow the notes, and the
more you play the better you will get. We have known so
many people who have taught themselves the fingering on a
saxophone from diagrams such as those in this chapter, that
we have little hesitation in repeating that any average person
should be able to play popular and other simple music within
a few days after they get hold of a saxophone and start


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