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Series III Alto Help

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All of my notes from palm key D up are flat. I was wondering if anyone had any solutions, or any ideas as to what this might be. I just really started hitting on overtones, building up those muscles, but the pictches range from 20 cents flat to a step and a half flat. Please, any help would be greatly appreciated.
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sxphnplay said:
I just had my professor try it out, and it was still flat. Ill have my repair tech check it out this weekend. Would the embouchure (having just started really hitting on overtones) make it that flat?
There might be some technical problems with the horn if it's playing conspicuously flat for everyone, not just you. However, I've found that yes, learning to open up and play overtones will tend to make your pitch drop. I don't think this is a bad thing; learning to open up your embouchure and use more air support/tongue position support makes your sound infinitely better for any style. When I got my Series III alto, which I use for everything, I had to have my tech remove the metal ring at the end of the neck so that I could push my mouthpiece in as much as I need to! I like a very open embouchure with strong air support because I favor a big, open, clear sound. It took me years before I could get the sound I like, though; it takes a lot of strength to compensate with air and tongue what you lose in your embouchure when you stop playing so tight.
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