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Posted on 18/01/08 10:06:34 PM
jadoube
 

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Alto to Tenor
Just how much more puff should a tenor require over an alto?

Having just had my first go on one I found it somewhat harder going then I'd hoped might be the case. Imagine a wheezing, rather sweaty, walrus and you can picture the effect of my practice tonight.

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Posted on 18/01/08 10:21:03 PM
bob_green
 

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Re: Alto to Tenor
I found the transition from alto, my main horn, to tenor a lot easier than alto to soprano; you do need a bit more puff with tenor, especially on those low notes, but not as much as you might expect, and this is offset by a more relaxed embouchure and stance. I find now I've been playing with tenor more, it's no trouble at all to swap between the two.


Have you tried a bari yet

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Posted on 18/01/08 10:30:47 PM
jadoube
 

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Re: Alto to Tenor
Have you tried a bari yet


Going by the tenor I'd be lucky to get any breath to the far end of one.

I think my wimpy elderly lungs need a spot of remedial P.E.



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Posted on 18/01/08 10:37:52 PM
bob_green
 

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Re: Alto to Tenor
Maybe you were using a harder-to-blow combination of reed and mouthpiece on the tenor, which could have made it feel harder? Like I say, it shouldn't really be that much harder, and I didn't touch a tenor until I was 49 come to that...

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Alto: YAS-62 & Dolnet
Tenor: YTS-23
Soprano: Artemis curved
Guitar: Epiphone Texan & Fender 12
Bass: de-fretted 80's Vox

Posted on 19/01/08 00:25:40 AM
mfox
 

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Re: Alto to Tenor
there isn't much difference to speak of..weight and set up would be the only problems.

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Posted on 19/01/08 06:59:02 AM
helena
 

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Re: Alto to Tenor
I swithed just before Christmas, and found it a challenge for the first few plays and now I do think it is easier. I spent ages in the shop (nearly 3 hours) making my selection, mouthpiece etc, and now I am pleased I made the switch.

have fun!

Helen

Posted on 19/01/08 08:52:04 AM
pauline
 

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Re: Alto to Tenor
I'm sure you just need a softer reed.

When I first tried my tenor with the reed which came with it (don't know the strength) I couldn't get any sound at all, but this all changed when I bought a 1.5 reed.

I find the tenor easier to blow than the alto and I am a weedy 8st 55 year old.

Posted on 19/01/08 11:01:27 AM
jadoube
 

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Re: Alto to Tenor
Thanks everyone.

Looks like some 1.5 reeds are the answer. Currently on 2's

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Posted on 27/01/08 11:55:30 AM
tengu01
 

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Re: Alto to Tenor
Record yourself. Take a listen to how you sound. When I made the transition, I thought I was great until I heard a recording. I needed to spend more time working on beefing up the sound by opening my throat more and providing more air support to the notes.

I only realised exactly what needed work when I took a good listen to myself. (or get a good teacher to do the same thing)

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