At What Tempo Should I Double Tongue?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Passion, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Passion

    Passion Pianissimo User

    Jun 11, 2009
    I'm wondering exactly what is the best tempo to switch to double tonguing. I forgot what my teacher said.

    Like, what tempo should I single tongue at. 0-120 BPM right. Then double tonguing is above that?
  2. Jurandr

    Jurandr Pianissimo User

    Feb 23, 2008
    I generally perform a double or triple-tongue if it feels more natural for me to do so. There's no rule where if your music is at 121bpm+ you should double-tongue every sixteenth note. Just do it where it's most comfortable for you.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2009
  3. Pedal C

    Pedal C Mezzo Forte User

    Jan 24, 2005
    The single and multiple tongue speeds need to overlap. You need to single tonge fast enough and multiple tongue slow enough so that you're never caught in between and both sound good enough for performance. Where you change will be up to you, as long as it sounds good!
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  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    double tonguing "sounds" different. Depending on the piece, I will double tongue starting at quarter=100, or sometimes single tongue at quarter=144. It just depends.

    In the beginning, you need to see what works in the practice room and stick with that when others are listening. The audience could care less, they are only there for the music. Just make it work, whatever you do

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