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 Re: clarinet vs sax embouchure
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2017-12-03 04:38

Chris P wrote:

> ...Saxes being the
> opposite of clarinets as you blow saxes down to pitch as
> opposed to clarinets which are blown up to pitch.
>

I don't think I agree with this, or that I even understand what "blown up to pitch" means. I have the feeling when playing clarinet of opening my mouth and letting the pitch settle downward. I don't know how I would blow up to pitch without adding embouchure pressure. Certainly one needs to be able to adjust both up and down for circumstances, but I've always felt that the best pitch on either instrument comes from opening up to let air into the mouthpiece.

To Luc, I don't find the alto and clarinet embouchures so different from each other. But the upshot is that people who hear me play alto sax describe my tone as "legit" as opposed to a big-band or jazz tone quality. A lot depends on what mouthpiece you choose.

I do find, probably because I don't play sax nearly as much as clarinet, that the mechanism of a sax, which is heavier and, to me, less responsive, presents more of a difference than embouchure does.

Karl

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