This helps tremendously, I will try the arpeggio way once I’m home, going to see Neil diamond in concert!Training the ear first so you can hear the note before sounding it; practice lots of overtones on bell notes.
I think that when I first hit it (I'm going back a good few years now, so could be mistaken), I did it by playing up on an A major arpeggio, ensuring that I had a good clear sound on the top e (front fingering) before completing the pattern with the final tonic (altissimo A).
Try a few different fingerings:
OXX I OOO
OXX I XXO
OXX I XOO
Hope this helps. What's the piece?
thank you, I will!There are a lot of fingerings for Altissimo A - I needed it for a piece last year. Look them up online. Then work out which one is best for you and your sax - you will hear a suggestion of the right note, mixed in amongst the general bad noise that happens at first.
Its worth coming up to it from below, and it will take lots of practice, and then suddently it will pop out and you'll wonder why it was so difficult.!
I'd recommend tackling it with a new reed, so you can't blame an old soggy one.
I had to hit altissimo A at the end of the 11 minute long "Saxo-Rhapsody" by Eric Coates.
I was afraid that, having exhausted myself playing the whole piece, it would never play, but once I'd cracked it, it just sang out every time!
I'm pretty sure the final notes were C (middle finger and octave), F (played forked fingering on the key above B, and the C key and octave) then A.
it will come, but practice it regularly.