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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000459.txt from 1999/01

From: Note Staff Unlimited <>
Subj: Re: [kl] re: Tongue speed
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 16:17:53 -0500

Neil Leupold schrieb:

> 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
> > certainly a circus trick. Does triplets also.
> To my mind, what you describe is double-tonguing, akin to David
> Pino's "tuttle" method, but simple turned sideways. The fact
> that the tongue approaches the reed from one direction and then
> reverses that direction the next time it makes contact is pre-
> cisely the principle on which double-tonguing is based, elim-
> inating wasted momentum.
> Neil
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------

Correction: Reducing momentum by about 50 percent.

David Glenn

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