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 Nicolas Baldeyrou's Articulation
Author: hyunmin 
Date:   2021-10-02 05:17


I've noticed that Baldeyrou's articulation has a very "round" shape to it. Regular articulation seems to take on a shape more reminiscent of (if the sound levels were to be graphed) the start and end of a sawtooth waveform. Baldeyrou's almost seems like a half cycle of a sine wave, each note sounding clear and distinct; sometimes even sounding like a virtual instrument!

Hopefully my thought process makes sense somewhat, but would anyone have any ideas on how he is able to achieve this style of articulation? Here is a link to the recording I was listening to in writing this.


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 Re: Nicolas Baldeyrou's Articulation
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2021-10-02 07:24

For an authoritative answer to your question, Google search for Play with a Pro
Nicholas Baldeyrou Clarinet and sign up for an Internet lesson with him. He's on the Play with a Pro roster of advanced teachers, along with another French clarinetist known for rapid articulation, Amaury Viduiver.

Post Edited (2021-10-02 07:25)

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 Re: Nicolas Baldeyrou's Articulation
Author: Ken Lagace 
Date:   2021-10-02 17:39

Double tonguing produces that kind of sound.

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 Re: Nicolas Baldeyrou's Articulation
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2021-10-02 19:08

First let's all realize that he has really high audio production value in his videos (in this one he juxtapositions what looks like a Zoom call in his spare bedroom with his usual high end audio set up). There is a lot of added reverb and delay that one would NOT experience in a small room packed with furniture and stuff.

As pointed out be Ken he is most likely double tonguing. In many cases fast double tonguing across multiple registers doesn't even involve the reed. What happens is that you barely (if at all) touch the roof of your mouth with the front part of your tongue and a point further back on the tongue to achieve what one can only described as just slowing down the air at articulation points. Really, you don't need a full stop of reed vibration when you're hauling it at break neck tempo. It'll sound pretty articulated enough........just like in the video.

Watch this:


...............Paul Aviles

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 Re: Nicolas Baldeyrou's Articulation
Author: Philip Caron 
Date:   2021-10-02 20:25

My guess is that Baldeyrou is single tonguing in his video, a) because it isn't really that fast, and b) because he tongues many of the high clarion notes.

Amaury Viduvier was mentioned, and in his video I guess he's double tonguing. It's faster, and he never tongues high clarion runs.


The quality / sound of single tonguing can vary a lot. Drucker alluded to that in on online interview. He was asked for a tip on how to increase articulation speed, and he actually answered a better question, saying you have to choose the kind of articulation that's suited to the music. Compare his playing of the rapid articulation section in the Nielsen Concerto with that of Sabine Meyer in the same passage (both performances are available online, I believe.)

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 Re: Nicolas Baldeyrou's Articulation
Author: EricBlack 
Date:   2021-10-02 20:54

You are both right, he is single tonguing in some sections and double tonguing in others. In the Instagram video of Baldeyrou's Paganini the caption reads:

"As promised, I had a tough morning practicing Paganini’s 5th caprice 😓 trying to keep a stable tempo during the entire piece, mixing double and single tonguing, even if the very high register is still very complicated, sorry for the few slurs 😁 still a work in progress but that’s today’s photography ! The full video is available on my Facebook page and my YouTube channel 👍🏻✨"

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 Re: Nicolas Baldeyrou's Articulation
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2021-10-02 21:32

I also feel compelled to add that for MANY of us, fast single tonguing is simply not possible. There are physical limits to muscle cells in many folks (slow twitch I believe is the proper term). For those of us falling in the slower end of the spectrum, Drucker's remark would not apply in that is NOT a choice (it seems to me "faster folks" don't even realize what it means to have such limitations).

So, you can say things like, tongue lighter; start slowly and slowly work your way up; etc. all day long to the "slower" group and it won't change their physiology.

Point being, if you are stuck with slower tonguing speeds, work on your double tonguing as soon as you can and with purpose!

.................Paul Aviles

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