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Long Tones

Why do we need to play long tones?
Why do we play them in the lower register of the instrument?

Long tone help us do several things:

Set the embouchure for the day.  If we start playing in the upper register we then to get tight and it is hard to relax after setting a tight embouchure.

Playing the long tones in the lower register helps us to set the embouchure better and play with a more relaxed embouchure.

Playing the long tones helps is to fill the instrument with the right amount of air.  After we are a wind instrument.

When we play the long tones we can listen to the tone color (sound) of each note and learn to match the tone color form note to note.  A completely balanced tone color is very important.

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