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tenor has been my main sax ever since i started playing. in band i sit beside a bari player, and the sound of the bari is amazing. i wanted to play it soo bad, so i started doublig on bari.Are there anything that i eed to keep in mind?tips? or whatever. thx
 

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First tip....

enjoy yourself! :)

A good solid support and you'll make the jump fine. :)


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LOTS and LOTS of air, bb. A healthy sounding bari's a happy one. (but you already knew that, didnt you :p)
Anemic, Anorexic air support+Baritone Sax= violent backlash
 

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Baby your neck and back. Use as wide a neckstrap as you can find. Maybe check out a shoulder harness. I use a Ray Hyman supersling to which I added the padded section of a neo-tech strap. Baris weigh 12 pounds plus and a thin strap like a regular Ray Hyman tenor strap can cut into your neck and cause nerve damage. This is easily avoided with a thick padded strap or a shoulder harness.
 

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I agree with all of the above

I would add that although good support is even more important than on the smaller saxes, it´s also good to lay off a little on the bari. It´s terribly easy to overblow it -particularly when the going gets a bit excitable. Remember that it´s not as "cutting" a sound as on tenor, even, but that´s not to say that you aren´t loud!
 

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The Rumbler said:
I would add that although good support is even more important than on the smaller saxes, it´s also good to lay off a little on the bari. It´s terribly easy to overblow it -particularly when the going gets a bit excitable. Remember that it´s not as "cutting" a sound as on tenor, even, but that´s not to say that you aren´t loud!
Excellent advice (which has been gently pointed out to me on a couple of occasions by our conductor since I picked up the big horn). :)
 

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If you play alto, there should be not much difference except for size and amount of breath needed since they are both Eb instruments. Have fun. I decided to double with bari about a year ago and it has made me a slightly more diverse musician in bands. :)
 
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