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posted: 6/6/2005 at 1:03:00 AM ET
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I don't have to do anything for a couple more months, but I am practicing for it. I have been training for an upcoming Lion's band tryout, and an allstate audition in August, I think. I am not really having a lot of difficulty playing my solos, but my scales have always been a little off. I can slur it perfectly all the way up, but the turn-around is the worst. It starts going da-da-da-da-da-da-(turn-around)tktktkktt-tk-tk and so on. I'm not really comfortable with my double tounging, and that probably has about 98% to do with it. If anyone has any other suggestions (or exercises)to control the tounge during double touging, please tell me.

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posted: 6/6/2005 at 3:28:47 PM ET
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I would try to single tongue it in the first place. If you are playing so fast that you need to double tongue, slow down. Most states require scales to be played at around 72+ beats per minute. Even at 120 you should be able to sigle tongue it in eigths or sixtenths. In my state they CANNOT be slured. They must be tongued.

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posted: 6/15/2005 at 10:42:46 PM ET
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I agree with the last post.

As for dbl. tongue stuff, I had the most succuss when I started working only on the "K" tongue. Once I could produce a quality attack with a "K", I just incoporated it with the "T".

I don't know how long you have been working it, but don't get too frustrated. It can take several years to get comfortable.

Also, SLOW IS GOOD in about everything you practice.

One last tip. Work your dbl. tongue with a legato air stream. You can even do this without your instrument. Try to keep the velocity of the air constant and notes connected. Then by changing the nature of the attack, you can play in a variety of stlyles without changing the fundementals of what the tongue and air are doing.

William Vachiano used to teach that one should give the "impression of staccato" rather than truly short notes at high speeds. This can be done by keeping the steady air stream while using a T and a K attack (as opposed to D and G attacks which give a gentler initial attack)).

Good Luck


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