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Sluring E5 to G4 to E5

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Alto solo in new piece for community band has thrown up a challenge...
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Am I the only one who has difficulty doing this quickly without the lower G getting hung up? Or do I/ my horn / my mouthpiece / my reed / the horse I rode in on/ all of the above suck?

Is there something I'm missing to make this particular transition fast and smooth, or do I have to cheat and put a little re articulation on the G to get it to speak. Its hard to get the low G to speak quickly while sluring down and then quickly back up to the E. Practice is probably the answer isnt it, but any hints or tips of what to practice (other than the obvious) would be appreciated:)
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It might help if you release the octave key just a split second before you finger G. But the key is throat control and breath support. When slurring down, you have to have a good breath support and open your throat.

Exercises that might help :
- play E4, go to E5 without using the octave key and back to E4. This gives you the control over your throat. Repeat the same on every note from Bb3 to G4.

- play G5, and try to hit G4 without releasing the octave key. Repeat the same on every note down to C4
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