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I have a metal mouthpiece I use on soprano which is very easy for me to tune. (Bari Gold 7) I know I should really play a more classical mouthpiece in the orchestra I'm in, but it's so hard for me to pull the notes in tune with a smaller tip opening. How does one control pitch for these little creatures? I use a combination of oral cavity and lip/air pressure, but can't get enough leeway.
 

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That's surprising to me. I'd expect a smaller tip opening to be *easier* to keep in tune. are you using too light of a reed on the smaller tip opening mouthpiece?
 

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My first thought also is your embroschure is an issue and the reed possibly too flexible. Its also possible that your horn simply doesn't get along with that piece.
 

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OK, a harder reed does help somewhat. Thanks for the suggestion. I'm sure my embouchure also needs help.
 

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I have a metal mouthpiece I use on soprano which is very easy for me to tune. (Bari Gold 7) I know I should really play a more classical mouthpiece in the orchestra I'm in, but it's so hard for me to pull the notes in tune with a smaller tip opening. How does one control pitch for these little creatures? I use a combination of oral cavity and lip/air pressure, but can't get enough leeway.
Play what you play. Learn to get a more legit tone on your mouthpiece. Hint: its the reed. Soprano is hard enough to play without making it harder on yourself. If you have a detachable neck, use the curved neck to be more mellow - that's what its for.
 
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