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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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awholley said:
The "correct" answer, though will be more a matter of voicing -shaping your oral cavity, tongue and embouchure to facilitate the changes...
My suggestion is to stop thinking of slurring down to G from E, but rather to try thinking of and voicing for low G while you are playing the E. The octave key will make the E come out anyway.

The initial exercise to facilitate this would be to practice slurring UP (and back down) from low G to E while leaving the G embouchure/voicing intact.
Excellent advice!
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