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 Re: clarinet vs sax embouchure
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2017-12-03 01:29

With saxes you need far more breath support for the low notes (below E) so they don't gurgle or go up an 8ve. That doesn't mean playing louder, just playing with more abdominal support than you would on clarinet.

Saxes are naturally stronger in their lower register (just like oboes as they behave in the same way), but don't tighten up your embouchure as you go up to the top of the 2nd register as you'll push the tuning way sharp.

Keep the embouchure stable and practice with a tuner to get an idea what you're doing and what not to do. Saxes being the opposite of clarinets as you blow saxes down to pitch as opposed to clarinets which are blown up to pitch.

With saxes you have two basic registers (lower and upper) which cover the basic range of two and a half 8ves (low Bb to high F or F#) - you'll soon find yourself getting around some or may things much easier on sax than clarinet, especially when it comes to playing in remote key signatures.

You won't ruin your chops playing sax.

Chris.

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