Articulation Help

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  1. BHSBrass

    BHSBrass New Friend

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    Hello everyone,

    I have recently discovered at close examination that I tounge to close to the bottom of my teeth, almost in between the sets of teeth. My attacks don't really have an airy sound and I was wondering if I should pretty much reset my playstyle to tounge up at the top of the teeth where the gums meet the teeth.

    I am hesitant to do this due to the amount of time it will take to get my articulation back into full swing, but if needed will do so.

    Any helps is much appriciated.
     
  2. jcstites

    jcstites Mezzo Forte User

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    I spent most of the last year of my life fixing my articulation from what was a crappy anchor tongue with no clarity, to pretty much between the teeth, to the textbook tip at the top of the top teeth. It was worth the effort I put in, big time.

    I read a lot about it in Hickman's pedagogy book, the Fox Essentials of Brass Playing and some internet searching (don't listen to most of the people though, hah). I spent hours and hours with my bell 2 inches from the wall trying to figure it out.
     
  3. oldlou

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    I suppose that I am a poor one to comment on this. I have never had a problem with articulation since, at a very early stage in my cornet developement my dad simply told me that whatever I did in pronouncing the letter 'T' is what I needed to do for proper articulation. It has obviously worked.


    OLDLOU>>
     
  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    If it ain't broke don't fix it!
    Changing your articulation changes EVERYTHING happening in your mouth and can destroy your playing until completely reorganized.
    If you have a decent sound, enough range for what you are playing and no real issues with your tonguing, DO NOT listen to people only interested in giving you things to worry about.
    I would not attempt anything like this without extended professional help!
     
  5. joefab

    joefab Pianissimo User

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    Hello,

    I know this is going to sound extremely stupid....but, what exactly is articulation?
     
  6. veery715

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    clousemiester Pianissimo User

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    Joe,
    There is no such thing as a stupid Question!
    God Bless You, That's how we learn.
    Keep on asking......Even when you think you have the answer!
     
  8. joefab

    joefab Pianissimo User

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    aha!!! I got it....thanks guys...
     
  9. BHSBrass

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    Thanks for the advice guys!

    I've decided after much deliberation to not change my tounging style, I spent a good two hours trying every type of articulation and had trouble with none so I am just going to stick with it and work on my speed and style.

    Much regards to everyone who gave me help.
     
  10. Mason

    Mason Pianissimo User

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    how do you fix something like that? Isn't that just natural?
     

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