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Saxophone Fingering Chart – Learn How to Play All the Notes on Saxophone! Diagrams

by Neal

(This fingering chart is for alto/tenor/soprano/bari, all saxophones)

It’s also a web based chart, not meant to be printed. Check out http://SaxophoneTribe.com which includes a printer friendly version.

If you are just starting to play, here is a video where you can also see my fingers for the mid range of the saxophone.

Why the format of this fingering chart?

Saxophone technique alone does not make a great musician…..

But it does enable a sax player to be great.

Not needing to think about technique allows the you to connect to music and share what is inside of you.

Most saxophone fingering charts are on one sheet of paper.  This one would take a lot more paper than that if it was printed out, so don’t do that.

Having the diagrams separately but larger allows you to see everything clearly and for more notes to be included right next to the keys themselves.

The diagrams for the different notes are set up like you’re holding and playing the saxophone in front of you.

The keys on your right will be on the right side of the diagram.

This seemed more intuitive to me.

Most of the chart you can get to from this page, you can sign up on the side with your email to get a password for the fingering chart on this page.  Head over to Saxophone Tribe to learn more about playing the saxophone – with more lessons, connections, and places to ask questions.

Dark keys mean they are pressed down.

Low:

| Bb/A#B/Cb |   C/B#C#/DbD |

| D#/EbE/FbF/E# |

Middle:

F#/GbG | G#/Ab | A | Bb/A#B/Cb |

|   C/B#C#/DbD | D#/EbE/Fb |

High (top of staff and up):

F/E#F#/Gb | G | G#/Ab | A | Bb/A# |

B/CbC/B#C#/DbD | D#/EbE/FbF/E#F#/Gb |

You can download a high resolution saxophone fingering chart that I put together (with Bret’s program) when you join a saxophone class at Sax Station.  Otherwise, enter your email to the right and get a password to access it online.

Saxophone Finger Chart A#

A# or Bb
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Bb
Saxophone Finger Chart B

B or Cb
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Cb
Saxophone Finger Chart C

C or B#
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart B#
Saxophone Finger Chart C#

C# or Db
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Db

D

Saxophone Finger Chart D

Saxophone Finger Chart D#

D# or Eb
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Eb
Saxophone Finger Chart E

E or Fb
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Fb
Saxophone Finger Chart F

F or E#
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart E#
Saxophone Finger Chart F#

F# or Gb
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Gb

G

Saxophone Finger Chart G

Saxophone Finger Chart G#

G# or Ab
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Ab

A

Saxophone Finger Chart A

Saxophone Finger Chart A#

A# or Bb
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Bb
Saxophone Finger Chart B

B or Cb
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Cb
Saxophone Finger Chart C

C or B#
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart B#
Saxophone Finger Chart C#

C# or Db
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Db

D

Saxophone Finger Chart D

Saxophone Finger Chart D#

D# or Eb
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Eb
Saxophone Finger Chart E

E or Fb
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Fb
Saxophone Finger Chart F

F or E#
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart E#
Saxophone Finger Chart F#

F# or Gb
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Gb

G

Saxophone Finger Chart G

Saxophone Finger Chart G#

G# or Ab
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Ab

A

Saxophone Finger Chart A

Saxophone Finger Chart A#

A# or Bb
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Bb
Saxophone Finger Chart B

B or Cb
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Cb
Saxophone Finger Chart C

C or B#
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart B#
Saxophone Finger Chart C#

C# or Db
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Db

D

Saxophone Finger Chart D

Saxophone Finger Chart D#

D# or Eb
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Eb
Saxophone Finger Chart E

E or Fb
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Fb
Saxophone Finger Chart F

F or E#
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart E#
Saxophone Finger Chart F#

F# or Gb
(Same Fingering As)

Saxophone Finger Chart Gb
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{ 93 comments… read them below or add one }

Derek January 10, 2014 at 4:39 am

Hey Just found your website and was reading some of the questions.
I got one!
In 1996 I lost my index and middle finger on my left hand/ I was a decent guitar player switched to left handed bass and some guitar and now playing the heck out of the drums. But guess what I been thinking hard about trying the sax.Never picked one up but I absolutely love a sax sound . Im into blues and some smooth Jazz lot of improve type music/What do you think could I adapt to a sax with my missing fingers

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Neal January 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Hello Derek,
That would make things challenging.

There was a ‘right handed’ saxophone made at least once before. Maybe that could be something to look into, not common though.

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Shawn February 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Derek, you should consider trumpet if you enjoy smooth jazz/improv. The valves are controlled with the right hand and the 3rd valve slide and 1st valve slide are controlled with the left ring finger and left thumb respectively. I completely understand why you love the sound of the sax though.

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Nacauta January 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I really need to know how to play the saxophone,but my music teacher just dont know the notes.And the internet isn’t giving me a clear picture of the fingering charts.Help me, plzzzzz!!!!

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Neal January 13, 2014 at 3:55 pm

I added another video to this page, watch that.

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manny May 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm

um hi Neal I just started your program today but I wanted to know if you have stuff to learn about about jazz because I love the sound of the sax and plus it was a gift for my 11th birthday a week ago

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Neal May 19, 2014 at 12:36 am

Hey Manny,
Yes, I play some jazz. If you have a question, go to this page, http://saxstation.com/ask-a-saxophone-question

Thanks

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victor May 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

hey neal… Good job you’re doing here… I’m not too used to playing the sax though i’m too good in the recorder buh there are a number of differences in the fingering pattern of the duo. I picked up a sax the other day and i could play few songs very well, i need a clearer, probably pictorial fingering charts to depict all the keys from “A’ to ‘G#’ thanks bro

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Neal May 28, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Click on the notes and you will see diagrams.

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Wendy July 14, 2014 at 1:36 am

Hi Neal, had a few lessons on Sax but then my work changed and I did not have enough money to continue. My father( who is 86) has just bought me my very first Alto Sax! Feel so chuffed, even in my fifties! Found your site, thanks for info, appreciated! ;)

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Neal July 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm

You’re welcome Wendy

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Rachael July 28, 2014 at 11:51 am

Hi Neal,

I am trying to access the notes on the fingering chart as I am trying to play “All of me” – John Legend.
I have the music for the Alto Sax, but am still unsure where my fingering should be on the sax as I have not had chance to practice since I got my sax and have only really tried to play some of the songs you have on youtube.

I used to read music well when I was very young, but haven’t used it for a LONG time so I am refreshing myself along with learning my fingering.

I am a subscriber and the last password I was sent was on the 17th July and this does not seem to be working. Please help! I am dying to learn how to play this tune as it sounds perfect on the sax.

Thank you so much by the way for your awesome site, youtube videos and everything that you do to make a ‘wannabe’ like myself confident enough to be an ‘almost’!

Rae :)

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Neal July 28, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Just emailed you. Good luck with the song.

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