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Re: Second Year Teacher/ Teaching Beginner Sax
I think there are a couple of factors. As I mentioned, compared to the other ww's there just are not that many alternates on sax. And they don't come up until the chromatic scale, so it is a while before most beginners get to them. Plus you have no choice but to flip B/C when going to anything using the right hand, so you do have to develop that coordination anyway. Same thing with forked F# - there are plenty of times where you just have to flip. And I will admit that as a player there was a time that I used bis Bb almost exclusively. So they get pretty good at flipping anyway, and it is sometimes hard to convince them that there are benefits to the alternates. I even know one university sax professor that does not advocate the use of side C except as a trill fingering.
Part of it as well is how and when things occur in the beginner books. One of the great evils is that for oboe players the first fingering they learn for F is forked F, because the book publishers realize that there are still a disgusting number of oboes sold without left Fs (which is a whole other thread). The book may introduce RH F, but since the next notes taught are Eb and D, they have to go right to forked F (where it should be left F). So depending on when the chromatic scale is introduced, it may be quite a while before sax players encounter any alternates.