Alto Saxophone fingering for the B note

How to play B on Alto Saxophone

🎷 Written by: Greger Hillman, Your friendly saxophone teacher online

This sax lesson covers how to play B on Alto Saxophone. This is one of the first notes you learn on the sax as a beginner. The B note can be played in three octaves on your saxophone and I will cover all three fingerings, so that you have everything you need when it comes to playing B on your sax. Sound good? Alright, let's get started.

 Play middle B on Alto Saxophone

To play middle B flat Alto Saxophone you only need to use one finger in your left hand.

  • Push down the B key on the front of your saxophone with your index finger. That's the upper main pearl key, skipping the absolute top key (also referred to as the fork F key).
Middle B on Alto Sax fingering chart

Play high B on Alto Saxophone

To play high B on Alto Saxophone you need two fingers in your left hand

  • First, Using your index finger in your left hand push down the B key on the front of your sax. That's the upper main pearl key, skipping the absolute top key (also referred to as the fork F key).
  • Second, add the octave key with your left thumb on the back of the saxophone

That's it. Now you have the correct fingering for high B on Alto sax.

High B on Alto Sax fingering chart

Play low B on Alto Saxophone

To play low B on Alto Saxophone you need to use both hands with the main keys as well as both pinkys.

  • In your left hand: Press down the main three pearled keys (G fingering) on the front of the saxophone. Skipping the absolute top key (also referred to as the fork F key).
  • In your right hand: Press down the main three pearled keys (low D fingering) on the front of the saxophone.
  • Finally, using your right pinky press the low C plate key. At the same time, with your left pinky press the inner plate key.
Low B on Alto Sax fingering chart

Note from the saxophone teacher: Playing low B on sax can be a bit tricky at first. You can learn this more easily by “walking down” from the notes above low B. Starting on low E going to low D and onto low C and finally adding that left pinky for low B can help you play that note more easily. Keeping a steady embouchure with your mouth around the mouthpiece and good air support will also improve your tone for the lower notes on the saxophone.

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