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octave key trouble

1954pip

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hi all just got to playing with the octave key and finding it hard to go up and down,
i can hit the high notes but like someone else said it does seem a bit quieter to hit the high notes i have to almost squeze the not out by tightening up but then when i try to drop down to get back to the low notes it stays to high or sort of rumbles the note,
i am seeing my teacher tomorrow night so i will see what he has to say.
you seem to go from one stumble to another.
any points would be grateful
pip
 

Nick Wyver

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Sounds pretty normal to me. Dropping down an octave is always harder than going up. Your embouchure has to learn how to control the reed - just takes a bit of time. It gets easier - honest.
 

saxnik

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I agree with Nick, it's not an instant thing (this is an analogue system don't forget!).
Once you've got it you'll be wondering why you thought it was hard, or more likely worrying about the next hurdle!

Keep working at it, and practice your breath support too, since this will help the higher notes more than squeezing your chops.

Nick
 

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