Besides the noticable difference in air you have to use, the embouchures are very different. Altos have to play with a tight embouchure, while tenors can loosen up. I don't play bari, but I'm going to assume that their embouchures are also very loose.
Typically, you can't just pick up a different sax without having some sort of trouble. When I switched from alto to tenor, it wasn't much of a problem except for my tight embouchure. Because my mouth wasn't loose, it made all of my notes really sharp. Eventually, after practicing with it, I was able to fix the problem. My friend, on the other hand, tried switching from tenor to alto and had a much harder time. Apparently, it's harder to try to keep a tight embouchure when you're so used to lettting your mouth relax. Once again, I have no idea about bari.
Hey guys, do you know of anyone who can prove that there are no differences if you will play an alto sax or tenor. Maybe we can ask them what is the secret of playing alto without very tight embouchure, and tenor without using much air.
Well with each larger saxophone you do have put more of the mouthpiece in your mouth. Using too much of a bite or tight embouchre will restrict vibrations and make it difficult to get the notes out. You only need an embouchre tight enough to secure the reed and keep a seal for the air (so it doesn't leak out).
Some people tend to use too much lower lip on alto when they don't need to. Also the alto should be in front of you, people who play with the also off to the side like a tenor will have more difficulty playing the Alto.
Any given pitch will take the same amount of air regardless of the instrument you play it on. Lower notes will take more air (regardless of the instrument you play it on). I
ve been playing sax since 1981.
But what can you say about the resistance the tenor and alto give. If you will compare them to a clarinet, which of them has the least resistance when played. Some people say the tenor needs more but warm air only and lesser pressure.Do you agree?
I belong to the percussion section and I'm planning to play the tenor sax. I cant try to borrow and blow one, our two tenor players are on long vacation.
I worry cause many say it's harder than alto, and I'm sure because it needs more air.
What makes me feel glad is that some tenorists agree that the air must be warm and not pressured.
I prefer the tenor not the alto cause always or mostly, the alto music parts are similar to the clarinets requiring faster fingers, then much air support. The tenor like the trombone and euphonium mostly share same music, that makes the tenor parts easier to play.
I admire and like the beauty of the tenor, and I hope there are some other advantages that make the tenor not hard to play, so, are there tenor players that agree to me and can share to me what they know about the tenorsax.