Notes On An Alto Sax – B flat A sharp.

How To Play B flat on the Alto Saxophone.

How To Play A sharp on the Alto Saxophone.


Hello and welcome to this series of Notes On Alto Saxophone.

In this lesson for Beginner Saxophone Notes, we are going to learn how to play the note B flat or A sharp on our alto saxophone.

B flat = Bb      A sharp = A#

These two notes sound the same, but have different names depending on a few things.  But they are actually the same note.

There are actually THREE B flat and/or A sharp notes on alto saxophone. 


1   To play a middle B flat and/or A sharp, using your LEFT hand, place your first TWO main fingers on the top two main keys of your saxophone.  Add in the bottom side key with the side of your RIGHT index finger.

2   To play a high B flat and/or A sharp, simply add the Register key (sometimes known as the Octave key) using your LEFT thumb at the back of your saxophone.

3   To play a low B flat and/or A sharp, add all three main fingers on your left hand, plus all three fingers on your right hand.  Add your left pinky finger on the bottom key.  Add your right pinky finger on the bottom key as well. 

Notes On Alto Saxophone – B flat

It’s that easy !

This is just one of the series of Notes On Alto Saxophone lessons here at How To Play The Sax.

Please have a look around our blog to find out how to play more notes on an alto sax 🙂




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