What is double tonguing on clarinet?

What is double tonguing on clarinet?

Double tonguing is the technique of making successive articulations by alternating the tip of the tongue against the reed with a subtle stroke of the back of the tongue against the soft palate. Unless you have learned this technique on another instrument, it will feel very foreign at first.

What instruments allow players to double tongue?

Double tonguing is easiest on brass instruments, and it is more difficult for some woodwind instruments, primarily the clarinet and saxophone. There are different ways of tonguing for the flute.

Can you triple tongue on a clarinet?

(Just like in single tonguing, the syllables are up for debate.) Triple tonguing. Like double tonguing, only using three different parts of your tongue. One syllable includes “tuh-kuh-tuh, although there are several other syllables commonly used.

Why is double tonguing important?

On sections that have many repeated notes or fast runs, you can use this technique to save energy and not get “bogged down” trying to do the same articulation over and over. Not all players use double tonguing. Some players are not able to do it cleanly, or can play fast enough without it to bother trying.

How fast should you be able to double tongue?

As far as double-tonguing goes, you eventually need to be able to play at least a couple of beats of sixteenth notes at close to 200 bpm, and a few notes at a time (like TKT) even faster.

Can you do double tonguing on a clarinet?

Let several months pass, if necessary, between learning double and triple tonging. For some clarinetists, of course, triple tonguing will present no more problems than double tonguing.

How can I double tongue when playing music?

Now, using the double-tonguing technique, play the following exercise: (music) The next step is to repeat the last exercise, this time tonguing every note in all four measures rather than slurring the last two. In this manner, double tonguing has been accomplished while rapidly changing pitches.

What’s the difference between double and triple tonguing?

For some clarinetists, of course, triple tonguing will present no more problems than double tonguing. Finally, if you have terrible difficulties coordinating the tonguing technique with your moving fingers, the cause of the trouble will be, almost invariably, the tongue’s moving far too quickly!

How to play open G on the clarinet?

Take up the clarinet and single-tongue a few repetitions of open G again, this time at only a medium tempo. This is just to become reacquainted with the reed, and to relax the tongue. Begin a fairly long open G with a regular single-tongued stroke, taking care to pronounce it “Tuh” as in the first syllable of the word “Tuttle.”