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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000435.txt from 1999/01

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: [kl] re: Tongue speed
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 10:30:31 -0500

On Mon, 11 Jan 1999, Neil Leupold wrote:

> On Mon, 11 Jan 1999, David Blumberg wrote:
> > Ok. I'll explain. Single tonguing tip, to tip ( slightly below the tip) if
> > defined that way, can also be done with the tongue moving from side to
> > side. The tongue is still hitting the reed for each and every articulation
> > (unlike double tonguing which a syllable is used). Most players tongues do
> > not work that way, and speed is very, very slow. But some can. And those
> > that can do that can tongue cleanly (single) at speeds way above 200
> > "single" sixteenths and never get tired. Speed is not an issue. Most

David's post regarding side-to-side articulation does not define double
tonguing (above). Double tonguing is based on the concept of the front and
the back of the tongue, as David has correctly described above. Brass
players and flute players - also bassoonists (!) are able to double tongue
using the tu-ku, or du-gu, etc. syllables that were taught by Herbert
Clark and Arban at the turn of the 20th Century.

The side to side tonguing was demonstrated to me by David Shifrin - and
he could really do it well! I have never been able to initiate it as he
showed me - so I learned to double tongue (traditional). But the single
tongue up to 200 seems to be very possible with the side-to-side approach.
My understanding is that it also provides a very nice, light sound.

Roger Garrett
Professor of Clarinet
Director - Concert Band, Symphonic Winds & Titan Band
Advisor - Recording Studio
Illinois Wesleyan University

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