Could someone describe the fingering for a high E on the alto saxophone? And if possible the high D right below it too? Thanx
High D (second ledger space) is played with the octave key and first palm key depressed. Of the three palm keys that are opened by the left hand, you need to open the one that covers the hole furthest away from the mouthpiece. Eb is played by opening the octave key, the D palm key and the one with the tone hole next higher and closer to the mouthpiece. High E is the same fingering plus the top key of the right three that are opened with the right forefinger.
Most fingering charts (that come with beginning method books) have diagrams that show these things.
You might consider getting a private teacher, if you don't already have
I think he was referring to the altisimo D and E.
yes, and the altissimo D is fingered like this:
auxiliary F key, optional side Bb key OR fingers 2-3 and 1-2-3 (overtone of High A, works great on Tenor)
fingers 2 2 low Eb OR fingers 2-3 1-2-3 plus Side D (overtone of high Bb, works great on Tenor)
Heck, you can practically mirror the same fingerings between high G and C to play from High C to High F on tenor.