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Ok I am a woodwind player , clarinet ,flute ,dig, recorders,etc Picked up sax two months ago and I am doing real well . Have good tone able to play all my songs . The disturbing part is when i play the alto sax my throat puffs out !! I am ready to give up the sax as I am freaked out . I do circular breathing but I have not had this issue with any of my other woodwinds.

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It okay, watch David Sanborn and a host of other really good players. That is a sign you are opening the throat and voicing notes.
 

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I agree. Towards the latter part of my studies in college, the prof taught us the throat should be in a "stifled yawn." It was easiest to first feel on clarinet, but not difficult to do on sax. I've heard other college profs say the open throat is a bad thing, that it affects the tone negatively, so I guess there's 2 sides to the coin.
 

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puffing of the neck is eventually normal in various degrees but not discomfort.
 
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