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    Default Playing Tenor Sax helps Alto Sax embouchure?

    I don't regularly play Tenor, but I was playing around and played it for a few minutes and switched to Alto. It seemed a lot easier. I was curious if anyone had any experience about switching from Tenor to Alto and if it really helped.

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    Default Re: Playing Tenor Sax helps Alto Sax embouchure?

    Um, no. Maybe warming up on Tenor is the key.....ie: you were warming up.

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    Default Re: Playing Tenor Sax helps Alto Sax embouchure?

    Actually I found this to be true also, back when I was biting way too much on alto. Tenor helped loosed in up a bit. Another thing you can try to cure biting is to push your alto mouthpiece in too far, then try to lip everything down to play in tune. That helps also
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    Default Re: Playing Tenor Sax helps Alto Sax embouchure?

    It does help with the biting issue, but if I play tenor for too long and then occasionally pick up the alto, at first my alto tone sucks. The embouchure is so loose that I don't get the kind of sound that I'm supposed to produce on an alto. On alto I feel you need to tighten up the embouchure a little more, but not too much, of course. But generally, I would say yes, the tenor does help.
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    I sometimes feel that the years I've spent working on long tones and overtones on my tenor were all about ... getting a good alto sound!
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    Default Re: Playing Tenor Sax helps Alto Sax embouchure?

    tenor needs more air so you get good support on alto after you play tenor but alto uses a more focused air stream. So it helps but it is different. When you can change your airstream consistanly when you switch horns you will have much more success on both horns.
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    Default Re: Playing Tenor Sax helps Alto Sax embouchure?

    If I want my playing experience to seem easy, I'll just play the Bari for a while before picking up the alto or tenor. Everything is easier after a 20 minute workout with a cheap chineese bari

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    Default Re: Playing Tenor Sax helps Alto Sax embouchure?

    I find the opposite thing to be true: I need a more relaxed embouchure on alto. Going back to the tenor, that improves my tenor playing. Anyhow, playing both, I find they feed off of each other - it is really benificary. Or maybe it is because o have to really zoom in into the sound production when I change - in other words, being more focused when I practise.

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    Default Re: Playing Tenor Sax helps Alto Sax embouchure?

    after i play tenor, i feel like there's too much resistance in my alto. it feels very small and quiet... i'm considering maybe getting a mouthpiece with a wider tip opening for alto? my sr tech in 0.110, and my meyer is 0.076 (6).

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