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April 25, 2004 Trumpet Technique 0 Comments

Articulation recordings - Q2/04

Check out Q1/04 for the introduction and first recordings. The introduction is important to understand why I'm doing these exercises in the first place...

APRIL 25, 2004

All exercises are on Clarke's technical study #2.

iwasdoingallright - audio clip - Single-tongued. Fastest speed possible.

iwasdoingallright - audio clip - Double-tongued, with a smoothed 'duh-guh' attack. Increasing speed.

iwasdoingallright - audio clip - Double-tongued, with a 'guh-duh' attack. I'm reversing the consonants here to (hopefully) bring myself to care less about which sound comes first.

iwasdoingallright - audio clip - Articulation with only 'guh' attacks. Fastest speed possible.

It has only been two months since I've been working on the smoothed multiple tonguing. Each day I play the previous variations starting on C and ascending to a starting note of G or Ab.

I think there's noticeable progress since my first recordings (particularly in the end of the clip: iwasdoingallright - audio clip), however I still have quite a bit of work to do before I'll be able to use this in regular improvisation. For starters, when multiple tonguing I puff my cheeks quite a bit --much more so than in normal playing. As a result, my embouchure is less focused and my range is much narrower than usual. Anything above a D in the staff is difficult.

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