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 from clarinet to soprano sax
Author: alanporter 
Date:   2014-04-15 05:20

I have played self-taught amateur clarinet for several years. Just acquired a soprano sax with a Yamaha 4C mouthpiece and am having emboucher (?sp) problems. Can some kind soul advise ?

Alan

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 Re: from clarinet to soprano sax
Author: andybeals 
Date:   2014-05-08 20:20

Although they seem awfully similar, in reality they're different beasties. The sax is going to be loud. Very loud until you have mastered it. Embrace it. If you quail, it just won't work. You likely hold your clarinet close to your body. You can't do that with your soprano unless your face is pointed at the ground - sax mouthpieces are approached nearly head-on, and the sop is no exception.

You're going to have to find a reed/mouthpiece combination that works for you. While I can play well enough with a Legere 2.5 on a soprano or bass clarinet, that just doesn't work for me on a soprano sax for some reason. I'm playing with orange box Rico 2.5s that are tip-down soaked (half-way) in mouthwash. Mmmm minty fresh!

More than one of my scores has "Not a sax" marked on it, somewhere.

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 Re: from clarinet to soprano sax
Author: nron 
Date:   2015-12-01 04:42

I went from alto to sop to clarinet and the clarinet helped me greatly in the upper second octave of the soprano I found. However, i find them completely different! Saxophone is more about throwing your air everywhere and clarinet is about focusing everything into a powerful stream I find.
Also brace yourself for the tuning, playing soprano sometimes feels like playing in the altissimo register of a clarinet the whole time.
good luck!

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