|Acoustics of the saxophone|
Bb tenor saxophone
Notes are the written pitch.
At frequencies below about 1 kHz, this curve looks rather like that for F#4 and G4, but raised in frequency. At higher frequencies, however, the situation is complicated by the cut-off frequency. Here, the 1 kHz cutoff weakens the third peak. The first peak can be reduced in magnitude and shifted in frequency using a register hole (operated by the octave key): see G#5.
For general comments about the first register, see A#3. Compare with the impedance spectrum for a soprano sax on written G#4: same fingering but sounding one octave higher.
For general comments about the sound spectra of the first register, see A#3, which is the first note of that register.
Sound spectrum of a Bb saxophone played using fingering for G#4.
For more explanation, see Introduction to saxophone acoustics.
You can hear G#4 played.