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#1 kingkovu

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 05:38 PM

Does anyone have a way of tounging faster and shorter like any excersises or things like ta or tu ?

#2 Paul Dalley

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 03:43 AM

Hi Mate
In a book I have it has exercises to help speed you up, I also remember from back in my army days a couple of handy tips.
The exercise book has a set of five bars in 4/4
The first is G semi breves, second A crotchets, third B quavers, fourth A semiquavers & lastly C semi demiquavers.
The tip is to double the beat time & slowly get quicker with the tempo.
This is also good practice for you long notes as to begin with your holding the semi brevs for eight beats.
From the army days I remember we called these notes DOOO DAA DE TU TI,
Firstly emphasise tounging them & then slowly shorten as you natrualy get quicker.
If you tounge these letters your half way there, then I am afraid its just down to perseverance & practice
Good luck & let me know how you get on :)

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 12:46 PM

I think you're right in that it's really down to practice. You'll get there.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 02:09 PM

The first thing to remember is that you need to attack the reed with the part of your tongue around 3 - 5mm up from the tip. Many books erroneously say to use the tip of the tongue, this is completely wrong!

Firstly, rest your tongue on the end of the reed and build up the pressure, then release the tongue, making sure you pull the tongue fully back. Practise the attack, away from the metronome , until you are completely satisfied that the note is as short as you can get. It may be prudent to mention here that most jazz players make more use of staccatisimo, rather than the longer staccato, so this is what you are aiming for.

Once you are satisfied with your attack, put the metronome on at 60 bpm and play only crochets/quarter notes as short as you can, make sure that the notes are precisely on the beat, repeat this until all notes are equally spaced and equally weighted, you also need to repeat this at different dynamic ranges - pp to ff. Repeat the process using quavers/eight notes - then semiquavers/sixteenth notes etc. finally, play 2 bars of each consecutively, over and over and experiment with increasing the tempo.

The whole process then needs to be repeated using triplets - starting with 3 over 2 (hemiola), then triplet over 1, then, 1/2 etc.

The objective is complete accuracy! Remember, it would be absolutely useless/futile to do these exercises without the metronome!

Good luck!

#5 mark_torres02

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 06:51 PM




this would help alot...

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:29 PM

He makes it sound so easy :(

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 01:33 AM

He makes it sound so easy :(


hahaha.. good to know im not the only one thinking of that .. :)

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 01:43 PM

Excellent advice. I have some Trumpet friends that show off double and triple tonguing - but it's just a little different on a reed instrument.



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Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:53 PM

I can just suggest praticing saying taa and keeping ur tough light



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 01:48 PM

He makes it sound so easy :(

i agree



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Posted 18 March 2017 - 07:24 PM

Always practice with a metronome! You can use it for tonguing, vibrato speed, etc






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