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Recently I played with a band and had to pull way out to be in tune, sounded almost like they all were tuned low. I am in tune (with a tuner) with my mouthpiece covering a bit less than 3/4 of the cork.

Anyways... The real question in this post... When I had my mouthpiece pulled out so much, my altissimo was HORRIDLY unresponsive from G3-B4. That's unfortunately my most effective range in altissimo, I don't play higher than D4 cause it just sounds like YUCK.

This happens and is most noticable on my Tenor setup with either mouthpiece. Has anyone ever experienced this? What should I do to correct this, as I feel that I should be able to play my "full range" comfortably wherever the mouthpiece is on the horn?

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I think the simple answer is that as you play in higher registers, the soundwaves are getting shorter and shorter. So a 1/4 inch change in the length of the tube is going to make a WAY bigger difference in the altissimo than it will in the lower/lowest register of your horn.

At least that's what common sense and my feeble grasp of physics/acoustics leads me to believe.

Anyone else...?
 

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Regarding the tuning, keep in mind that your environment can affect you tuning. When I practice at home, my mouthpiece is close to the end of the cork. When I play out somewhere, I frequently have to have my mouthpiece on halfway or slightly farther out. The acoustics of the room you're playing in have a lot to do with it. Just because you're in tune with your mouthpiece at a certain spot at home, it doesn't guarantee it's still going to be in tune when you go somewhere else.
 
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