In music studies we are one moment THERE, where you have to study faster tonguing, because normal tonguing is never fast enough! And therefore we use effectively this technic.
After a “panic attack” we realize that we need a “quick course” in double tonguing. Unfortunately there are no “miracle” exercises, becuse new things take time to establish. And you can not learn to double tongue overnight! Focus every day a little bit of concentrated practice time and you will be impressing your friends and family with your ability to double tongue soon enough.
FIRST-It’s impossible to develop good double tonguing skills without stabilizing REGULAR SINGLE tonguing. The following simple exercises will improve single tongue accuracy and speed UP developing your double tonguing.
It is important to understand the different feeling on your throat-tongue movement with following syllabes: Dah-gah versus Tah-kah! the last syllabe is cutting more the sound and is not helping really!
These syllables are used in double tonguing. Most students prefer dah-gah, since it is smoother in different registers and duration of the notes sounds equal-which is the ULTIMATE GOAL! It is less “out pomping/cutting” (the sound flow) and easier to keep the steady air column of flowing with Dah-gah syllabes than with tah-kah. Tah-kah can be used better in accented style when needed. Usually you need to start with dah-gah and eventually we practice after Tah-Kah syllabes also. Very important is the STEADY AIR SUPPORT, otherwise you will have wholes between the notes.
Preliminary exercises: make exercises without instrument first, to get used to the FEELING on your throat. sAY the syllabes.
Whispering loudly “gaa or I do Guh” over and over , please notice where the postition of your tongue inside the mouth. Try to bring the point of tongue to contact with the roof of your mouth as far forward as possible. In woodwind instrument playing we often do notpay attention to the position of the tongue inside of the mouth, but I do assure, that once you start to analyse it, You will get tricks done quickly on your instrument!
Whisper “gaa or guh” into your instrument, or mouthpiece-neck and keep embouchure normally and support with air REALLY WELL Gah-syllabes. Eventually bite the lips together and let the sound to come. Do not worry about tone quality at first. This may take several attempts before you are comfortable and using the “gah” syllabe at the same time with Dah.
Say “I dug-a-hole” quickly several times. Then extend to “I dug-a-dug-a-hole,” and “I dug-a-dug-a-dug-a-hole”. Practice many times singing in good legato singing, especially not chopped singing way and start on a note G, A or B or C – combine different rhythm patterns and go on to improve the speed.
Gradually increase the speed and go as fast as you can. In order to reach a tempo that is necessary to achieve, you must constantly try to move forward on tempo. Practice this exercise at least several weeks.
I LOVE TO SAY THAT: It is crucial to practice the following exercises with a metronome.
Duh-Duh-Duh-Duh/Duh-Guh-Duh-Guh/the aim is not to change the sound of Duh and Guh, it must not be different!
First in one note these syllabes and in tempo 60, 68, 72 etc, keep rising the tempo. And then in to different notes, then in chronatic scale and in a piece where you need to use it.
Also use in triples: Duh-Guh-Duh, Duh-Guh-Duh and of course work together with metronome.
As the music is the art of sound, listen always please your sound and articulations carefully and record yourself. This is the best method to work and to improve.
And you need just download application: Mobile metronome and choose “high sound” click – electronic beat, it is best to hear over saxophone timber.
After becoming familiar with the exercise on one note, move to 2 notes and go on. After increase the register and practice all major and minor scales double tongued with four notes per pitch, two notes per pitch, and then one note per pitch. Many books contain exercises and etudes for double tonguing. Triple tonguing is really just a variation of double tonguing.
SO LET’S GET TO WORK!