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by music_dude_4001
(3 posts)
9 years ago

How to double tongue?

Does anybody know how to double tongue on sax?I'm just curious.

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  1. by YanagisawA-901
    (312 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: How to double tongue?

    you cant really..its a brass instrument thing..since they tongue like, at the back of thier teeth..they tongue on the roof of theyre mouth with the back part of their tongue and then a normal tongue...like saying " tada!! "

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  2. by jromain
    (20 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: How to double tongue?

    I've heard that Prof. Sinta's students are expected to master this technique by the end of their freshman year of study at Michigan, so it is possible, with a little incentive. It's basically saying TaKaTaKa or DuGuDuGu (try both). Begin on repeated notes, as an example, quarter note, then TaKaTaKa and repeat. Then, move up the scale in like fashion. The challenge is to make your Ka sound as close as possible to your Ta, which is hard since Ta is on the reed, and Ka is on the roof of your mouth with the center/rear of your arched tongue. It is possible, in theory, to literally double your tonguing speed using this technique. I believe that Prof. Sinta is reputed to be able to double-tongue 16ths at quarter=300, which I believe, as I've heard him play Czardis live and it was remarkable. Hope that helps--good luck!

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  3. by jromain
    (20 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: How to double tongue?

    Forgot to mention that Rudy Wiedoft was an early master of this technique, as well as triple-tongue (takata-takata-takata). Check out some of his reissued recordings...and prepare to be amazed by his mastery of technique and articulation, even if you feel that the music is not substantive.

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    1. by karebear1012
      (395 posts)

      9 years ago

      Re: How to double tongue?

      yeah, i play trumpet..and double tongueing is definately a trumept thing. hey, if you ever play brass instruments, you double tongue by sort of saying "taka" it's pretty cool... isnt there something called like flutter tonguing or something for sax though?

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      1. by tenor562
        (297 posts)

        9 years ago

        Re: How to double tongue?

        i heard from my teacher that sinta can triple tongue.

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    2. by YanagisawA-901
      (312 posts)

      9 years ago

      Re: How to double tongue?

      yea flutter tung is goofy.. i think its comperable to a trume shake??

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    3. by k.o. kid
      (14 posts)

      9 years ago

      Re: How to double tongue?

      If you can roll your "r's" in Spanish (rrrrico rrrroyal rrrreeds), you can flutter tongue with the sax (although a good growl sounds better!) Don't put much mouthpeice in your mouth, and flutter your tongue against the roof of your mouth when you blow. Sounds a little like Boots Randolph, though!

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