How do I control pitch other than adjusting mouth piece in or out.

I find that when I play the upper octave my instrument is sharp and on the lower octave I am flat. I have not been playing that long, but I have good tone (smooth, no squeaking etc). I am using a 2 1/2 reed and a Yamaha 4C mouthpiece. It doesn't sound bad when I am playing on my own, but I do play with a group and the sharpness of the upper octave is particularly annoying. I have a tuner and I've adjusted the mouthpiece as much as I can and I cannot get away from being sharp higher and flat lower. The 2 1/2 reed is great...I am not strong enough yet to use a 3 (I've tried). Any suggestions! I can play the horn at length, not tiring ... but there has to be something more I can do without going to a more difficult reed.

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How to adjust pitch
by: Anonymous

The best way to start practicing this is the following: play a middle C and use your jaw to adjust the pitch. Dropping your jaw will lower the pitch and tightening/raising your jaw will raise the pitch.

You want to tune to concert B flat (G on an alto). Both lower and upper G should be fine, but if you are sharp on the upper, tune the lower and adjust for the upper.

No two notes on the sax are perfect, you tune one (low G) and make minor adjustments for each note. Middle d, d# , and e are notoriously sharp, so don't worry about those notes being perfect at first.

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