One fingering between F and Eb is rather clumsy, while another one can be done smoothly.
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This combination of two notes doesn’t come up all the time, but it does enough that’s it’s good to note a better transition.
The fingering that most sax players learn for F, or I did at least since it’s in the standard fingering chart, is somewhat clumsy in a some cases. Chromatically it makes sense, but not all the time.
It involves all three of the spoon keys, the octave key, and the top key in the row where the side Bb key is. The other fingering uses the ‘high F’ key with the pointer finger of the left hand and the middle finger of the left hand pressing the C key (and the octave key). Here’s a diagram of both options.
Here’s a picture of me playing the second option.
To go from that second fingering to Eb or from Eb up to F is much easier that way.
I noticed this transition recently come up several times in the Jackie McLean warm-up book since the scales go across the range of the saxophone, as well as some etudes that I have.
What alternate fingerings do you tend to use the most?