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Re: Another Saxophone Beginner Question
I spoke to almost all of the major university sax professors last year about this topic and several of the best HS and MS sax programs in the country last year. Most agreed that Bis Bb should be the default fingering except for when you have a chromatic passage (or Bb/A# to B). I taught my 6th grade saxes bis Bb the same day as side Bb last year, explained the difference that I just said, and no one was confused. I think too many people underestimate the abilities of the majority of the kids. Exceptions to be sure, but if you're going to teach them, you might as well teach them "best practice" technique.