the cough

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by sass, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. sass

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    Some thing I do that I discovered my self is the cough. I don't know if any one else has talked about this.
    Particularly when I come to a fast run with a rhythmic twist I cough in stead of tonging.
    It is a very light cough that allows my tong and lips to be as relaxed as possible and I get a nice round tone with plenty of attack all the way through. I also notice that I can jump ranges very easily.

    I guess it is a type of shallow breath attack.

    I could almost play this way all the time, but I don't.

    I discovered this when I had just started playing horn and had a cold. A cough hit me just as I went to hit a note and this incredibly articulate short run came out of my cornet. I thought there has to be something there and have worked and played with it ever since.
     
  2. rowuk

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    A cough is triggered by tension in the throat and that is BAD news-even if your tongue is relaxed. I suggest you use the proven, tried and true articulation forms! The cough is also only possible in one direction making multiple tonguing impossible.
    This is not a good idea. If your cough articulation is better than the standard tonguing, you missed something in lessons.
     
  3. Dale Proctor

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    I've used the "ku" part of "tu ku" by itself in jazz-type solos for a different sound, if that makes any sense. Maybe that's what sass is talking about. I sure wouldn't use it as my regular attack, though.
     
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  4. sass

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    I would not say the cough is better than the regular tonging . It is really interchangeable with tu or ku for tone. Which seems to be what I do.I don't really move my tong. If it is arched for range it stays arched. And as far as tension there is no more tension than a ku attack. It feels like a really far back ku attack.

    Now I am puzzled. Rowuk, I don't get the thing about direction of the cough. Maybe you are talking about something I have different terminology for or something that I just don't understand. I think this the info I posted this for, now if I can just get my head around it.
     

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