I know that this has topic has been covered here before but i need to post anyway, sorry.
I am trying to develop my single tonguing speed. I bought and have been using chris gekker's articulation studies book, but have not noticed any real improvement. I have read the instructions and started the one minute drill at quarter = 75. I am progressing at one metronomic beat increase per week so I am now at 76. I am happy to proceed at this slow pace IF eventually I would get to 120; I JUST DON'T EVER SEE THIS HAPPENING. Even more discouraging is the single tongue explanation at the beginning of the Clarke Characteristic Studies book. There, Clarke recommends starting at 120 and working up to 144. START AT 120....seriously? I have read much about Clarke and how he practiced but i think he started with abilities that i will never achieve.
Perhaps I need to adopt a Rafael Mendez approach? Apparently he had a very slow single tongue and learned to double/triple tongue at a very early age.
Not sure what to do at this point. I am doing lots of "K" tonguing to try and help that along as well.
I do know that all types of articulation needs to ride on a steady stream of constantly moving air and that the tongue needs to be relaxed.
I would love to hear from anyone that could help me. Thanks.