Altissimo Fingerings for Baritone Saxophone by Joan Martí Frasquier

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I have long wanted to make this table because altissimo range is very often used both in original works and transcriptions.

In the most recent repertoire, the use of the microtones is also becoming more frequent in the altissimo register. So I have decided to extend the notes of the table with quarter-tones (written here in their current notation) while looking for the most accurate fingerings in terms of intonation and sonority.

In my career, I have used instruments and mouthpieces by different makes, models and types. To make this chart I collected the fingerings of my baritones (from the current to the ones I used before) and I have compared it with a baritone without treble F# one in order to check its repercussion on the production of harmonics. The conclusion is that the C5 key is not essential but it helps a little bite.

I have done the latest tests with the setup (mouthpiece, ligature and reeds) that I currently use. I have indicated the fingerings in colored dots above some fingerings in this chard:

  • No dot: common fingerings and corrections to all saxophones tested
  • Red dot: fingerings and corrections with treble F# key
  • Blue dot: fingerings and corrections without treble F# key

This table also includes correction fingerings for the intonation of some notes.

On the last page, where the higher harmonics, I indicated with * notes that can be modified with the embouchure and extra keys. Fingerings presented on this page are approximate, depending on the ability of the performer

You can download it here.


Author:  Joan Martí Frasquier


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