== Introduction ==
== Exercises ==
=== Overtones on Bb ===
This exercise is designed to teach a saxophonist how to isolate the overtones above a fundamental.
Play a low Bb as normal. Then play an F natural with the octave key as normal. Then, holding the fingering for a Bb, think and play an F natural. Practice alternating between Bb and F without changing fingering. Next isolate the Bb an octave above the low Bb. Eventually it is possible to play the whole overtone series above a low Bb.
=== Bugle Calls ===
To practice facility in voicing the overtone series you can practice bugle calls. Maintain a low Bb fingering throughout and change notes only by altering your voicing.
=== Palm Key Overtones ===
As overtones can be played above Bb so they can be played above other notes. Importantly, the palm keys overblown by a major 6th make useful fingerings for altissimo notes B to D#. For the B (palm key D overblown) add the G key for extra stability. Practice alternating between the palm key note and its altissimo alternative. Once you are secure with these notes try the next overtone a perfect forth above eg. Eb – C – F – C – Eb.
== Repertoire that uses Altissimo ==
Concertino by Ibert
Concerto by Larsson
Pequena Czardas by Pedro Iturralde
Aeolian Song by Warren Benson
Concerto by David Maslanka
Concerto by Glazunov
== Further Reading on Altissimo ==
Rascher, Sigurd, M. (1941) Top-Tones for the Saxophone, (Carl Fischer, New York)
Rousseau, Eugene High Tones