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I am looking for an easy fingering for C6-D6-E6 on the tenor saxophone.

I know there are different fingerings for each not possible on the sax and I did study the ultimate fingering chart, which is an excellent resource.

Yet, a friend recommended me to avoid using the palm keys because they kind of slow you down, to which I agree. I also kind of feel like the sax is slipping from my hands when I play the D6, there is no "frontal support". Therefore I am trying to find another grip for D6 without a palm key, so not like this:

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I do prefer to use this fingering for E6 because it is easy and fast to continue up the register this way: enter image description here

So my main question is: is there any grip for D6 without using the palm key?

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As a clarification, the octave numbers refer to absolute (midi) octaves. –  dorien Apr 26 '14 at 11:34
    
Have you tried adding palm key risers to your instrument? I have big hands and they make the palm keys much easier to play for me. –  Tab Alleman Mar 24 at 17:31

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I think what your asking for is an alternative fingering for the palm D. Unfortunately, that's a discomfort you'll need to learn to overcome.

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Wouldn't fingering a low D, Bb, or A produce a high D as an overtone? Not exactly what a beginner is looking for, and no guarantee on the tone, but shouldn't it work? –  LS97 Jul 31 '14 at 8:58

Playing D with the correct fingering should be easy enough. If you think this is awkward or slow you should try the clarinet, or for some real fun, the bassoon. :) Trying to get it some other way is going to not be worth the effort and not sound right and probably be out of tune.

Using the alternate fingering for E (with the jump key) should be used judiciously in my opinion as well, basically I think of it as a bridge between the altissimo register and the "normal" register. If I'm not going to or coming from altissimo, I'm using "palm" E every time.

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