Bari-Alto, Embochure differences
Well I actually saw the seat I made in the Concert band. I was mistaken, I thought I was going on to tenor. I am on Baritone Saxophone, which is huge and different. The only cool part about it is that I don't have to worry about the keys since the Bari and Alto are tuned in the same key.
I've been playing bari now since May after not playing since high school days (41 years ago), and recently got the bug to play alto, in addition (and am awaiting the recent results of this bug and related GAS
, i.e., a new but smaller axe for its soon to be bretheren bari). I last played alto in Jr. HS. Anyhow, i borrowed an alto from a friend and i was able to get along quite nicely, except for the high notes starting at high D. When i went from that to playing bari (in the same session) there was no problem on the bari - i find bari is easiest to play, takes less effort in terms of embochure, lung power, etc. When i went back to the alto (in the same session), i initially had difficulty getting the same sound i had earlier in the session and it took a while to get it back. It seems my embochure is much more relaxed on the bari, and it just takes more focus on the alto.
Is that a common experience in this context, i.e., going from bari to alto?