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There are lots of videos on Youtube that are aimed at beginners and talk about things like how to position the mouthpiece on the cork. You might try poking around there for a while.

But just to get you started: one way to approach this is to start by placing the mouthpiece on the neck and, without putting it on the horn yet, play a note. With a tenor, you should get an E. If you're flat, move the mouthpiece in, if sharp, move it out. Then put the mouthpiece on the horn, play a middle C, and check it against your tuner. (Remember that the tuner will usually show the concert pitch: Bb.) Again, move it in if flat, pull out if sharp. Now try the same thing with your high C. Now try it again with middle B, low B, and high B.

After going through all that, you should be at least in the ballpark as far as your position on the neck. In the beginning, while your embouchure is relatively weak, your tuning is liable to be all over the place no matter what you do. But just position the mouthpiece as best you can, and do the best you can to play in tune, checking yourself with a tuner from time to time. There's no shortcut: you just have to practice.

And it should go without saying: getting a good teacher is by far the best way to make sure your embouchure is correct.
 
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