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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000509.txt from 1999/01

From: David Blumberg <>
Subj: [kl] re: disbelief tonguing
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 1999 09:21:50 -0500

Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 22:15:11 -0600 (CST)
From: Roger Garrett <>
Subject: Re: [kl] re:side to side
On Mon, 11 Jan 1999, Fred wrote:
> Sorry to be so disbelieving, but I have to get this straight in my own
> mind. Do you mean that when the metronome beats at 285+ beats per minute,
> you tongue FOUR notes PER metronome beat? (My metronome only goes up to
> 208, but I can't even DOUBLE tongue 4 notes to a beat at that rate. Please
> don't take offense, but I just can't believe such fast tonguing. How about
> an audio clip so we can hear what it sounds like?
Well, regardless of what others say, I really meant single tongue!! At
least, I usually think I know what I mean......I think.
My understanding is that someone posted (Can't remember now) that they
could side-to-side tongue 16ths at quarter @-----.that's what I am
jealous of. I don't believe it is possible to double or single tonue
16ths at quarter @-----.hope I spelled that
Roger Garrett
Professor of Clarinet
Director - Concert Band, Symphonic Winds & Titan Band
Advisor - Recording Studio
Illinois Wesleyan University


I just got out my clarinet, set the metronome at 285, it was a blur. Slowed
it down to 220, and very distinctly could play 16th notes at 220 with a
breath accent on each beat to hear 4 tongued notes at 220 beating (4
tongues per beat). I did it for about 5 minutes, cut my tongue, washed the
reed off, and put it down. No big deal.
Roger, just give me your phone # (send privately to and
I'll call you up, and play it for you - live.

David Blumberg - My Tempo Accompaniments for Woodwind Players

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