How many notes can an alto saxophone play?
February 09, 2012 12:12AM
The alto saxophone has a range of 2.5 octaves.
From the B flat (below middle c) all the way up to F sharp 3. The high F# may be played using a high F# fingering or an alternate fingering for the note. However with the altissimo range the range is considerably higher.
It also depends on your experience with the instrument.
The Alto Saxophone can play ~30 notes in the normal range. The altissimo range extend it.
It is actually possible to play everything above a low b flat.
This is due to the fact that OVERTONES can be played as well by experienced players.