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Tuning and Altissimo

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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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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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