Tonguing Exercise

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trumpetrelax, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. trumpetrelax

    trumpetrelax New Friend

    Jan 17, 2009
    Please suggest the tonguing exercise to make the tonguing clear
    and faster.

    Ps.Now I practice the Allen Vizzutti tonguing exercise in book 1.:-)
  2. Markie

    Markie Forte User

    Jan 4, 2009
    Clarksburg, WV
    Hi trumpetrelex,
    Markie here, instead of me telling you, let's let Rafael Mendez tell you.
    "The tongue is a muscle capable of very rapid motion. However, as with any muscle, it must be developed.Training the tongue for brass players involves the use of various syllables. Try this.
    Think of the syllable "TOO". Say it over many times, concentrating on the tongue action. For the "T" of the syllable, the tongue tip touches the back of the upper teeth. Flicking back, it becomes "TOO" in keeping the air directed at the lips. Note the expression, "flicking back". I want you to think of the tongue as a thin, pointed rapier that will dart, flick,-easily, lightly, and lightning-like; up and down, not to-and-fro".
    From Prelude to Brass Playing by Rafael Mendez

    Also, you need to HEAR what fast articulation sounds like. I suggest two DVD's
    1) Clark Terry Quartet 1965/ Big Band1974 ( Clark's known for lah-dah tonguing)
    2) a DVD by Mendez which can occasionally be found on ebay
    Get the sound of these articulations in your ears and your goal of increasing your speed with a clean attack will be achieved in quicker time. Good Luck
  3. Bob Grier

    Bob Grier Forte User

    May 4, 2007
    Greensboro, NC
    In addition to what Markie said be sure and support the sound. Most tonguing problems are a result of poor air use. keep the tongue light, move just the end (tip) of the tongue. Too much tongue movement will impede your progress. Blow through the tongue, better yet think of blowing through the horn and out the bell. Start slow, speed will come as you get better. An exercise you can do is play 4 1/8th notes on each note of a scale up and down. "Feel" your tongue, you can't control it unless you can "feel" it. Do this for, say, 5 to 10 minutes every day. Stop and rest when your tongue starts to feel sluggish (fat). When you feel ready, go to page 28 in the Arban's book. Start with #19. Do 1 to 2 of these at a time. Start at the lower metronome markings. When you can play them at the top Met. marking move to the next exercise(s). Another good section for tonguing is page 59. Follow the same routine as page 28. remember slow and steady. learning new playing skills takes time. How much is directly related to how consistant and diligant you are with your practice routine. Let us know how this goes. Good luck.
  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Take a DEEP breath before starting is the #1 exercize. #2 is to practice in slow motion until it sounds perfectly clear. The jump 10 beats per minute and perfect again. Do not increase gradually. Perfect slow, then jump!

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