How To Fix Octave Key On Alto Saxophone

You can learn how to fix the octave key on alto saxophone if you are having trouble playing higher octave notes. The saxophone is a complex instrument and adjusting or fixing the octave key can be difficult if you do not know what you are doing. Whether the octave key is sticking open or closed, follow these steps to fix the octave key on your alto saxophone.

To fix the octave key on your alto sax, you will need:

  • Alto saxophone
  1. Finger the high G note on your Alto saxophone. Do this by pressing the top three keys as well as thumbing the octave key. The octave key should close at this point.
  2. Finger the high A note on your Alto saxophone. Do this by fingering high G and then releasing the third finger. The octave key should open at this point.
  3. Press down manually on the octave key so that the pad covers the hole. Squeeze the bottom of the octave key, where it connects to the thumb button, so that the metal key bends toward itself slightly forming more of a "U" shape. Do this only if the octave key refuses to close when you play the high G note. Continue adjusting (bending) the octave key until it lowers and rises properly.
  4. Raise the octave key manually so that the pad does not cover the hole on the neck. Grasp the top of the octave key in one hand and pull the bottom of the key, where it connects to the thumb button, so that the metal key bends slightly away from itself, becoming less curved. Do this only if the octave key refuses to open when you play the high A note. Continue adjusting (bending) the octave key until it lowers and rises properly.
  5. Test the key by playing the high G note followed by the high A note. The sound should be full and crisp and should not squeak.
     
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