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What are the keys on an alto sax?

Last Updated: 1st February, 2020

These keys include the high C key, B key, B-flat key, A key, G key, G-and sharp key. The G-sharp key is controlled by a lever on the left hand.

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Regarding this, how many keys are there on a alto saxophone?

Early saxophones had two separate octave keys operated by the left thumb to control the two octave vents required on alto and larger saxophones.

why are saxophones in different keys? This is when you discover that your saxophone is in a different key. Yes an alto is in Eb and a tenor is in Bb. This is because they are what is commonly called a “transposing instrument”. We say they are “pitched” in the key of C because a C on the instruments sounds the same pitch as an actual C (aka concert pitch).

Correspondingly, do saxophones have keys?

Left Thumb Keys The octave key is the only thumb key found on most saxophones. It is used as a vent for most second and third octave notes and for almost every altissimo fingering.

How do saxophone keys work?

As fingers are added, keys are closed on the saxophone and the effective length of the instrument increases and the pitch lowers. Pitch is basically determined by the length of the instrument from the mouthpiece to the top of the first open tone-hole.

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