Fingering chart – Normal register

This page illustrates all basic saxophone fingerings plus many alternate fingerings (“false fingerings”) that can be used to play trills or fast phrases more easily,to improve intonation,or add variety to sound.

For sure these aren’t the only fingerings you can use for the normal register,and you can find a few more complete charts on the Internet,such as the sites listed in this page.

Please Contact me if you use any fingering that isn’t reported in this table.

NoteBasicAlternateAlternateAlternate
A#3 – Bb3
B3
C4
C#4 – Db4
D4C#-D trills. Brighter sound.
D#4 – Eb4Brighter sound.
E4In combination with C#4. Brighter sound.
F4
F#4 – Gb5F-F# trills
G4Brighter sound
G#4 – Ab4In combination with C#4. Can use the B/Bb left side keys if in combination with B4/Bb4.Brighter sound
A4Brighter soundDarker sound. Open one or two right-hand keys for tonal variety.
A#4 – Bb4Scales without natural BIn combination with F4In combination with F#4
Open one or two right-hand keys for tonal variety.Low Bb 1st harmonic. Darker sound.Hardly perceptible difference from basic fingering
B4Low B 1st harmonic. Darker sound.Better intonation on some models
C5B-C trillsDarker sound. Open one or two right-hand keys for tonal variety.Low C 1st harmonic. Darker sound.
Better intonation on some modelsUse for tonal variety and in combination with Ab4 or Ab5
C#5 – Db5Low C# 1st harmonic. Darker sound.Open one,two,or three right-hand keys for tonal variety and better intonation.For tonal variety and in combination with notes in higher octave
D5Brighter sound,often better intonationIn combination with C#5. If flat,close the left-side Eb key.
Better intonation on some models
D#5 – Eb5Brighter soundRicher sound,but flatter
E5
F5Low Bb 2nd harmonic. Darker sound.
F#5 – Gb5F-F# trillsLow B 2nd harmonic. Darker sound.
Press the Eb key (right hand) for more open sound.
G5Low C 2nd harmonic. Darker sound.
G#5 – Ab5In combination with C#5 (alt. fingering). Variant:use the B/Bb left side keys,in combination with B4/Bb4 (alt. fingering).Low C# 2nd harmonic. Darker sound.
A5Darker sound. Open one or two right-hand fingers for tonal variety.
A#5 – Bb5Scales without natural B. Close one or more right-hand keys for tonal variety.In combination with F5. Close the right-hand D key for tonal variety.In combination with F#5. Close the right-hand D key for tonal variety.
Low Bb 3rd harmonic. Darker sound.
B5Low B 3rd harmonic. Darker sound.Open one or both right hand keys for tonal variety.
C6B-C trillsLow C 3rd harmonic. Darker sound.Open one or two right-hand keys or the left-hand G key for tonal variety.
Slightly flatter. Use for tonal variety and in combination with Ab5.
C#6 – Db6Low C# 3rd harmonic. Darker sound.Same as F#6,sharper. Alternate with standard fingering for tonal variety.Open one or two right-hand keys for tonal variety.
D6Same as G6. Alternate with standard fingering for tonal variety.Open either right-hand key for tonal variety.
D#6 – Eb6Same as G#6. Alternate with standard fingering for tonal variety.Open either right-hand key for tonal variety.
E6In combination with C6Same as A6. Alternate with standard fingering for tonal variety.Flatter than standard fingering.
F6In combination with C6
F#6 – Gb6First choice on older models without side F# key.Better intonation on some models.