I was having difficulty single tongue fanfare passage and my teacher said that my tongue was sluggish. I discovered that I was doing exactly worst thing possible: striking the back of the teeth as in saying “therapeutic” (Chase, p. 47). I did it as a kid and all during my comeback. I did not know any better. The attacks were always sharp and crisp, so I was happy and until now REALLY over-rated exercises for single-tonguing. I now understand how self-limiting my tonguing is. I now also understand the analogy about the tongue being a valve and just releasing air (not striking anything). I feel like Iam learning tonging from scratch, all over again. I am looking for the most natural “release point” now, which seems to also depend on the range I am playing. What was easy is now hard again.
With that in mind by pure coincidence I was sampling CDs andf ound “Rafael Mendez: The Legacy”. I have none of his recordings and have basically ignored him until now. I am now playing the CD which arrived Friday and I am just blown away. The CD even includes him playing Arbans exercises for tonguing. His articulation is so beautiful; what an inspiration this man is. I feel like I have been so ignorant.