The tongue should strike
the bottom blade of the reed, and contact should be made at about
1/4 of an inch back from the tip. Be sure that the tongue moves
in an upward motion to strike the reed.
faults are tonguing straight into the tip of the reed with the
tip of the tongue or striking downward on the top blade of the reed.
These motions block the air stream and inhibit the speed of the
A "T" or a "D" syllable
is most commonly used depending on the articulation style. If
you experience response problems in the lower register, use a
long tongue, "Doo," regardless of the written articulation
to help the notes to speak cleanly.
The Texas School Music Project is a source for ideas
and information concerning pedagogical practices in the music classroom
or rehearsal hall.
The TSMP is a service provided to all music specialists by the faculty
of the School of Music at Stephen
F. Austin State University.