Learn how to tongue!

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by gunshowtickets, Aug 2, 2015.

  1. Sethoflagos

    Sethoflagos Utimate User

    Aug 7, 2013
    Lagos, Nigeria
    Forerunners of today's kettledrums (Arabic origin - picked up during the crusades). For performance details, I think the print by Hans Holbein is self-explanatory


    Interesting etymological digression here.
  2. gunshowtickets

    gunshowtickets Forte User

    Mar 11, 2015
    Tidewater, VA
    Fair enough, I'd always heard it pronounced "Tulliver" because they (the Taliaferros) were a prominent family here in Virginia. Maybe it was simply a colonial innovation? Sometimes I pass Taliaferro Hall at the College of William and Mary and just wonder...
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Articulation is a VERY big thing. For those that have not spent much time with it, the first steps are to get the tongue OUT OF THE WAY and then to get a reliable BIG start on every note without "igniting" the lips with articulation. Once we have some command of creating tones, we ADD the tongue very carefully to not just start and stop the tone (like a valve) rather to articulate the tone with many different consonants: T, D, K, G, R, L, N, H. Once we can start any tone in any necessary octave, we learn to STOP the sound with the same consonants as well as COLOR the sound with A, E, I, O, U and "foreign" equivalents.

    The consummate trumpeter needs it all! Not just fast notes need articulation, slow notes do too. The goal of articulation is not to separate notes, rather to "speak" through the horn. This can have fast, hard attacks when playing softly or slow, soft attacks when playing loudly and vice versa.
  4. gordonfurr1

    gordonfurr1 Forte User

    Aug 2, 2010
    North Carolina
    I am proud, having not offered any overtly colorful remarks about the title of this thread.
  5. keigoh

    keigoh Pianissimo User

    Oct 24, 2012
    Umm...sir I think you just did it...but in a covert way instead.
  6. Yamypappy

    Yamypappy New Friend

    Jul 3, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    Interesting. I just took my first trumpet lesson in twenty years. The good news is that my overall tone and intonation is good, could be better. The bad news is that the start and end of my tones is not so hot. I need to work on tonguing and phrasing, as well as increasing the strength and control of my embrasure. Well, no real surprises there. He wasn't that interested in the scales or the exercises I work on, but wanted me to do a lot of buzzing, longtones with both breath attacks and tongue attacks, and running up the scale 4 notes per tone (cccc,dddd,eeee,etc.) My lips are exhausted, but I will shortly go back and try some more.


    Oh, incidentally, I switched back to a Bach 7 mpc from the Bach 5C. I have heard that the smaller mpc improves flexibility, but you have to be more on target with intonation. I find that to be true. Also, i find practicing in the dining room gives a better feedback than doing so in the small office space. The sound of the trumpet echoes a bit throughout the house (not so good for anyone else in here with me though:-)

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