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"Freeblowing" Soprano Pieces?

2015 Views 6 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  bruce bailey
This is another mouthpiece question in relation to my embouchure issue. I'm playing bari in a big band that plays a lot of dance charts with Bb clarinet in the sax 5 book. As I've mentioned in several other threads, I'm dealing with an embouchure issue that has required reducing tip openings siginificantly, as well as any type of meaningful resistance. Finding the right pieces for tenor and bari have helped, but the road to "recovery" is long, and my need is for now.

Does such an animal exist?

I'm looking for something analagous to the C* tone - I have a C*, SL3, and Morgan Vintage 4 with Vandoren Trad 2.5, but the "push" on those is too much for now and I fatigue too easity. I wonder if a reed switch would help, but I'm not sure which to try for soprano.

For reference - the pieces that have worked on the other voices: Tenor -Link HR 5 with Rico 2.5 (down from Vandoren TL4 with Vandoren Trad 2.5), have not yet found a jazz piece I can play; Bari - Runyon Custom 9 (.098) with La Voz MS (down from Vandoren B75 with Rico 2.5)
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Years ago, i was looking for a set-up that would use my bari sax air stream on sop sax. This was an intonation control nightmarte for me. I concluded that I needed to say at .065" or smaller on sop sax being only an occassional sop sax player. If I have too much air to expend, i vent it out of the corners of my mouth like oboe players doo.

I have recently found on sop sax that smaller tip openings, with resistance in the facing curve, play as well and possibly better for me than more open tips with free-blowing facing curves.
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