Friday, January 13, 2006

Exercise: Basic Tonguing

Following yesterday's introduction to tonguing, here are a few exercises to work on improving your technique.

Put the flute to your mouth. Cover the top three notes of the flute, and blow a long steady note. Next, try saying “Tu” into the flute. Experiment with short and long notes: Say “Tu”. Next try a long one: “Tuuuuuuuuu”. Blow a note without tonguing - can you hear the difference in the attack? Practice the scale with the basic tonguing technique, until you can achieve it consistently on each note on the flute.


Try a basic scale while double-tonguing the beginning of each note.


Try the basic scale will triple-tonguing the beginning of each note.

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