Musical Instruments

Does it take more air to play tenor saxophone than alto?

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12/14/2008

Yes it does take more air to play tenor sax because it is bigger. I play tenor and i started on alto and tenor sax needs more air. It's somewhat like transitioning from a tenor sax to a barry. it takes a crapload of air for a whole note.

By the way, should the sax family be: sopranino, soprano, tenor, alto, baritone, bass, contrabass in that order? I would also think that the amount of air goes up as you go from alto to tenor because it is larger in size. I can play a high D (tenor) for two bars. == ==