"Playing under the notes" while double-tonguing

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by jdostie, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. jdostie

    jdostie Piano User

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    During my lesson tonight, going through Clarke's 2, slured and single tongued - the sound was fine, but double-tongued, it sounded horrible. My teacher said I was "playing under the notes" I could not identify it as such, it just sounded lousy. This for notes below C under the staff, or maybe below B, but you get the idea, at the low end F#, G, G#, A . . .

    What's the cause of that . . . He seemed to think it was "support," but I'm not so sure. Any anyway, I guess his cure is for me to just work it . . . I'm wondering if I should work it with a tuner, or just listen, it's bad enough that I can certainly hear it without a tuner . . .

    Is this a common problem?
     
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    The tongue is working too hard. You are beating up the TOOOH KOOOH. The art of tonguing is to get a decisive attack with as little tongue motion as possible. This is most easily practiced at soft volume levels. Thousands of repeats are key to success.
     
  3. jdostie

    jdostie Piano User

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    Thanks Rowuk: This seems like something new, we'll see how it goes over this week's routine as he's got me going through Clarke's 2 slur twice, single-tongue twice, and double tongue (each note) twice . . .
     
  4. tipo mastr

    tipo mastr New Friend

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    As with nearly every other issue with trumpet playing, GO SLOWLY. you tongue will figure out how to get a clear attack, even with K tongue attacks. just spend your double tonguing practice as slow as you need to get a clear sound for every attack and you'll see what i mean after about a week or so.

    i feel like with many issues of trumpet players, the culprit is moving too fast even though the concept has not yet been mastered.
     

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