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Saxophone Fingering Positions – Are You Holding Your Sax Correctly?

by Neal

Clarinets and open-holed flutes require very careful placement of your fingers. Sloppy positioning will allow leaks and will stop you from getting a good sound.  The pads on a saxophone pretty much close the holes as longer as they are pressed by some part of the finger.
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Your fingers should be somewhat curved somewhat like your fingers when playing piano.  The fleshy pad part of the finger should be on the pearl of the key.

If your fingers are flat, they will move more than is necessary.

Watch videos of saxophone professionals and see how they play.  There seems to be very little movement of the fingers.  Charlie Parker is a great example.

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Olufemi December 28, 2011 at 7:20 am

I love playing Sax. But I’m yet to be good on it. Can u help me out?

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Neal January 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

How long have you been playing and what are you having trouble with?

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Amos December 16, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I have passion in playing sax,but I need a complete chat in playing all keys.thanks

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Neal December 17, 2013 at 1:07 am

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