Tyler, who has been playing saxophone three years wrote to me asking about what he’s working on:
Mostly playing out of tune. Especially in band class if we have a section that is forte and louder it is harder to maintain good tone and pitch. So do you have any tips on how to keep pitch and tone easier?
Probably the best thing to help with that is to practice long tones every day. And use a tuner for part of the time. It’s like an exercise you would do at the gym, you’ll get stronger.
It’s also easy to lower your pitch than raise it. So you might want to keep the mouthpiece a little further onto the cork.