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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000010.txt from 1994/01

From: "Robert S. Spring" <ierss@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: LeadTongue(tm)
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 1994 17:16:12 -0500

I wrote a method for double tonguing a couple of years ago that was
published in the clarinet magazine. It works for me and many of my
students. I also suggest daily work on page 22 of the Langenus book three
as a method of strengthening the single tongue. Of course all this is a
moot point if the tongue position is wrong......

Good luck!

>In some recent email, the subject of double-tonguing on clarinet came up
>and I thought that I'd expand it to the mailing list in general. I admit
>to having a lead tongue - I get terrified when confronted with something
>like Prokofiev's 1st, or Beethoven's 4th Symphony. I don't know the cause,
>whether it's inherent or a function of my 5 minutes/week practice time
>outside of rehersals (all you folks at college - just wait until YOU have
>In any case, I'm looking to improve this situation and would appreciate any
>suggestions. Are there any good techniques for significantly improving my
>single-tonguing? Do most people learn to double-tongue? Last question: I
>remember reading a book about 10 years ago (by the clarinet prof at SW
>Texas University <I think>) that detailed an innovative on-the-reed
>double-tonguing technique in addition to discussing numerous other aspects
>of clarinet playing. I know that this isn't much to go on, but does anyone
>know the name of the book and where I could get a copy?

Dr. Robert S. Spring
School of Music
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-0405
Office - 602/965-4306, FAX - 602-965-2659, Home - 602/345-8013

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