Developing your Triple Tonguing technique takes a great deal of hard work…..a great deal of hard physical effort…OK not as painful as working toward a 26+ mile marathon or weight lifting but similar in many ways.
You’ll need to be consistent in your practice and don’t expect quick results…
It would be foolish to attempt or expect to run anywhere near the 26 miles on day one ..or even month one.
You don’t start by lifting the heaviest weight you can!
Build up your distance and lifts with sensible, planned repetitive routines.
Even with the physical demands of running and weight lifting there are some vital subtle techniques that are to be recognised and adhered to. It’s not all wam bam...let’s get as strong as we can.
The VITAL subtlety when Triple Tonguing is practised is that with each of the three tonguing motions…the triples…MUST be of the same length and crispness.
The ONLY way this can be achieved is by practising slowly and only moving on to a faster tempo when each one of the triple tongues sound as if it is a controlled single tongue.
This is where the eto App can really help. The app presents numbers 1 to 4 of the Arban Cornet Method Triple Tonguing Exercises. ALL the exercises can be heard at tempi from 50 to 240 beats a minute and the ‘printed’ music can be seen with a realtime Beat Counter ‘moving’ in perfect sync above the notation acting as your personal conductor.
I’m now going to create and publish a few demo videos to show how this would work.
First of all, as suggested, start very slowly making sure each element of the triplet is even and crisp…. This is playing at 60 beats per minute…you could start at 50bpm.
You could then , when absolutely ready..move on to 70 bpm:
Then 80 bpm:
The tempi rise in increments of 10 beats per minute :
The tempi available are 50 to 240 bpm inclusive…
You can start and finish according to your needs and experience….but plenty to keep you practising for quite a while:)
You will probably already own an Arban Cornet Method but in case you do not, there is a link to a pdf of Exercises 1 – 4 within the App.
Here is the link on iTunes to our app:
This app is also contained within two further discount app bundles description on the iTunes page. Enjoy!
I shall occasionally be sharing some extra tips about this App and hope to eventually have a full series of How to Practice ….for all eto Music Practice Apps.
If you have any questions or comments or suggestions for the Trumpet/ cornet repertoire you might like to practise via our Apps, please let us know via the comment box at the bottom of this post.
Thank you for getting in touch!