The Advancing Trumpet Player – Tips #2

The Advancing Trumpet PlayerThe Advancing Trumpet Player – Tips #2

How To Improve the K in Double Tonguing

One of The Advancing Trumpet Player book owners wrote to me and said…

Hello Mark,

I am working in the ATP book and trying to work on K tongue and TK. It is horrible! The slow tempo sounds so bad that I do not see how it can progress. Is this what I should expect until the K sounds like T?

Thanks for any help,

Tony

Hi Tony,

The idea and goal is to get the T and the K to sound alike.

Okay, so how do you do that?

Here’s a few things to do…

Days 1-2:

– Only play second line G
– Set a metronome to 92
– Play two half notes and a whole note with a T attack, no separation, just let your tongue touch the airflow
– Get the feeling of that airflow with the tongue just articulating with the T – more like Tuh – think about filling the room with your sound, resonate the room, do this four times
– Now play two half notes and a whole note with the same airflow and start the half notes and whole note with the K attack, more like Kuh – think about filling the room with your sound, resonate the room – do this four times
– Just stay on that G, reduce this down to only having to deal with the K (kuh) articulation

Days 3-4:

– Only play second line G
– Set a metronome to 92
– Play four quarter notes and a whole note with a T attack, no separation, just let your tongue touch the airflow
– Get the feeling of that airflow with the tongue just articulating with the T – more like Tuh – think about filling the room with your sound, resonate the room – do this four times
– Now play four quarter notes and a whole note with the same airflow and start the quarter notes and whole note with the K attack, more like Kuh – think about filling the room with your sound, resonate the room – do this four times
– Just stay on that G, reduce this down to only having to deal with the K (kuh) articulation

Days 5-6:

– Only play second line G
– Set a metronome to 92
– Play eight eighth notes and a whole note with a T attack, no separation, just let your tongue touch the airflow
– Get the feeling of that airflow with the tongue just articulating with the T – more like Tuh – think about filling the room with your sound, resonate the room – do this four times
– Now play eight eighth notes and a whole note with the same airflow and start the eighth notes and whole note with the K attack, more like Kuh – think about filling the room with your sound, resonate the room – do this four times
– Just stay on that G, reduce this down to only having to deal with the K (kuh) articulation

Days 7-8:

– Only play second line G
– Set a metronome to 92
– Play four quarter notes and a whole note with a T attack, no separation, just let your tongue touch the airflow
– Get the feeling of that airflow with the tongue just articulating with the T – more like Tuh – think about filling the room with your sound, resonate the room – do this four times
– Now play four quarter notes and a whole note with the same airflow and use the alternating Tuh-Kuh-Tuh-Kuh-Tuh… for the quarter notes and whole note – think about filling the room with your sound, resonate the room – do this four times
– Just stay on that G, reduce this down to only having to deal with the T-K-T-K-T (tuh-kuh) articulation

Days 9-10:

– Only play second line G
– Set a metronome to 92
– Play eight eighth notes and a whole note with a T attack, no separation, just let your tongue touch the airflow
– Get the feeling of that airflow with the tongue just articulating with the T – more like Tuh – think about filling the room with your sound, resonate the room – do this four times
– Now play eight eighth notes and a whole note with the same airflow and use the alternating Tuh-Kuh-Tuh-Kuh-Tuh… for the eighth notes and a whole note – think about filling the room with your sound, resonate the room – do this four times
– Just stay on that G, reduce this down to only having to deal with the T-K-T-K-T (tuh-kuh) articulation

Here’s what you’re training yourself to do…

– keep the air moving
– articulating the airflow with double tongueing articulations
– keeping the resonance of tone to fill the room with your sound
– keeping your mind focused on resonating each tone you play

You may also want to practice this with a softer attack of Duh-Guh-Duh-Guh-Duh.

Always keep the airflow and resonating the room the thing you think about, just articulate the airflow with your T-K.

After doing this for 10 days, you’re ready to speed this up, keeping all the basics in place. You can also use different notes, starting with F#, then G#, then F, then Ab… and only use one note at a time like you did with the second line G to begin with.

Once you can do it on one note down to low G and top of staff G, then start doing the double tongue studies in the Arban book.

Always focus on resonating the room, get the sound out there no matter what you are playing.

Here’s a video that someone did that’s pretty good on more advanced double tongue development after you do the above.

http://mphmusic.com/blog/trumpet/how-to-improve-your-trumpet-double-tonguing

Hope that helps,
Mark

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