Re: Another Saxophone Beginner Question
Posted by Another sax player on 10/13/2020, 9:26 pm, in reply to "Another Saxophone Beginner Question"
I've found that they better understand the concept of Bb vs B (two notes that exist on the same line in the staff) if they learn the side Bb first. I don't even mention the bis fingering until the end of beginner year, sometimes not until 7th grade. |
Once they know both, the general rule is to use side Bb if the note right before or after is a B or C. Any time you have a mix of B and Bb, use side Bb. If you can avoid flipping from 1st to 2nd finger by using side Bb, do so.
That said, a lot of professional sax players use bis Bb almost exclusively. We have to flip all the time from B to C anyway (yes, there's side C, but that's not always practical) so we're pretty quick at it. If it's a really fast passage, I follow the rules above, but in most band lit I just use bis.
Things you should not do - these are badly out of tune:
1 and 1 Bb
bis Bb + side C key for a C