A cork is needed so that the mouthpiece can slide in. Sonny proceeds to "chew him out" about how can you can expect to play the sax well if you don't even know how many keys are on the horn. It is commonly used in jazz music. If you compare the saxophone’s neck with your own, and with your voice, the saxophone’s neck works the same way. The sound vibrates within the body and is amplified. 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. Main Holes and Other Symbols |: Separates left hand keys and holes from right hand keys and holes. Octave vent and key - The octave vent is a single hole and key located on the neck of the saxophone. 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. The left hand goes on the top set of keys on the saxophone. It is a transposing instrument, which means that it sounds an octave and major second lower than the written pitch. The three main keys that are used most commonly, and for the notes that you learn when you first start on tenor saxophone, are the ones labeled 1, 2, and 3. As you may already know, this is where the musician places his lips and blows air into the instrument to produce sound. The keys on your right will be on the right side of the diagram. The saxophone has influenced many styles of music. Body: This is the most important resonance chamber of the saxophone. A tenor sax has a deeper tone but can be played to sound bright. Next to that is a flat metal key called the octave key. At that point Sonny wanted to get out of the place and invited us to his room where we chatted about his life, family, career and he gave us each an autographed LP album. I really felt sorry for the guy as he left , crest fallen. The mouthpiece is larger, and the rods and tone holes are longer. However, only the baritone saxophone has a low A. This seemed more intuitive to me. Your pointer finger goes on 1, your middle finger goes on 2, and your ring finger goes on 3. 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. A tenor saxophone is about a foot larger than an alto saxophone and is in the key of B flat. The diagrams for the different notes are set up like you’re holding and playing the saxophone in front of you. And in the bossa nova song “The Girl from Ipanema,” the breathy sax is the icing on the cake. A saxophone does not have valves but it instead has keys. Mouthpiece - Is found on the neck of the saxophone. By holding down the keys, which are located on the body, you change the length of the air column to create a different pitch or note. There are about 23 keys on a saxophone including a special F# key. Low A Key Baritone saxophones often have a second left thumb key to extend the range down to A. Saxophonists have left their indelible mark on music whether it’s in the big bands of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, Bill Haley’s legendary rock ’n’ roll band or the funk master James Brown. Trilled Keys.