The finger work for the basic notes is the same for all saxophones, so whether playing the baritone saxophone or the alto saxophone, the fingering chart is the same. These are different to “false” or alternate fingering which actually alternate from one to the other and back again and are used to create a special effect. See here for the alternate or false finding effect I have no problem hitting the low notes on my alto, but I have trouble reaching the bottom left hand pinky key for low b flat. My friends and I used to have competitions to see who could play the lowest note, and I could always close all of the keys and still get a good tone. The fingerings we are looking at here, and shown in the chart below, are alternative fingerings, either for ease of fingering or preferred sound. Bb and C are ok, as is the rest of the range, but the B seems to oscilate as I blow. This is a weird issue. In this lesson for Beginner Saxophone Notes, we are going to learn how to play the note B flat or A sharp on our alto saxophone. How To Play B flat on the Alto Saxophone. However, only the baritone saxophone has a low A. Nothing's ever really been wrong with it; I had to get a new ligature once, but it worked fine then and it works fine now, as much as I can tell. I've been playing my alto sax for about five years. Hello and welcome to this series of Notes On Alto Saxophone. Notes On An Alto Sax – B flat A sharp. The sax is in good regulation and doesn't have any leaks as I just had it serviced by a good repairman. The problem is even worse if I try to play a subtone of low B. If your low notes such as low C, B, and B-flat produce a warbling sound, run a test to isolate the regulation bar that sits above F-sharp and covers the G-sharp pad cup. Don’t touch the regulation bar as you do this. Ive tried lowering my jaw, opening my throat, and all of those embrochure tricks and stuff. My teacher calls it motor boating ! How To Play A sharp on the Alto Saxophone. The pitch of a low b on Alto Saxophone is a concert pitch of d. the fingering for that note is all of your fingers down. I paid too much attention and efforts to altissimo development exercises and now all my attempts to play low B end up in a producing middle B (next harmonic of low B) and an uneven tone. It seems to me I developed a problem with my alto sax and it drives me crazy I can’t fix it. I tested playing it with a friend holding down the key and it played great. Play a low note and use a free finger to close the G-sharp pad cup. To sound a low A, use the fingering for low C and then press the low A key situated below the thumb of the left hand. How to get a low A from a baritone saxophone. I used to be able to play this note with little or a small amount of difficulty and now the note sounds all wrong. My low B flat on my alto saxophone (the low b flat below the ledger line) always comes out warbled/shaky/wobbly and I dont know if its a problem with my embrochure or saxophone. I am having problems blowing a smooth low B on my trevor James alto.