I am a beginner, two years plus in, on Alto. I’ve read a lot about tongue position with the saxophone - the great Joe Allard and his acolytes, forward coning and the like - which immediately resonated with me, although neither of the two teachers I’ve had so far seemed to place much emphasis on this key technical area. Indeed, my first teacher had to check where his tongue was when playing when asked about it. After much practice - half an hour to an hour 5-6 days per week, I’ve started to see some rewards in terms of intonation and tone where the back of my tongue is located up against my upper molars. For example, in moving from low F to A my intonation is pretty accurate, and the A is less harsh, more tuneful than it was for the first eighteen months, depending on how tired my embochure is. Frustratingly, however, I find it difficult to find that position at the beginning of my practice and even more frustratingly, I find that my tongue moves out of that arguably optimum position all the time, with resulting loss of intonation - mostly flat - and tunefulness. Has anyone else experienced this issue? Is tongue position that important, and is there a point where the tongue finds its optimum place within one’s set up? N.B. I recognise that even with great players the tongue moves around a bit, but that is with intent rather than in my case, a lack of control. Cheers.