Re: From Tenors to Tenor Sax
1.) A few options. Long tones. Play a high note and hold it till you run out of air. This helps form the embochure. Umm maybe you might be biting the high notes also. Ask a teacher about your embochure. It may be off. And definately get a private teacher.
2.) Reeds are up to you, but its generally a good idea to stay away from ricos. Reeds like Vandoren are what everyone i know plays. For concert band i would say a size 2.5. Youre gonna need the response and ease of that or similar strength. Also a step up classical mouthpiece will help. Yamaha is what i recommend. There fairly cheap, around 40 usd.
If you try jazz band try a vandoren ZZ. and try as many as you can out. Never be caught without a good reed, so make sure to stock up.
3.)There isnt really one thing to focus on, more like several.
Being a good sightreader really helps. So just work on tone,balance, and articulation.
Oh by the way im a freshman t. sax also.I play on a cannonball gerald albright, a dukoff l5, and vandoren java 3. I love my tenor. I know you will too .
Make sure to practice,practice, practice. Another good thing is to make sure you listen to saxes that you like, and you will develope a similar style. Let me know how it al works out for you.Good Luck!