Tonguing Problems – Noisy Tongue

Tonguing Problems – Noisy Tongue

One of the problems that I hear with my students is a flapping or thunking sound when they’re tonguing a piece. This occurs even with my college students. It comes out very clearly when they’re double-tonguing a piece. That thunking flapping sound is clear to me. But...
Double-Tonguing: How to Practice

Double-Tonguing: How to Practice

I’m just going to give you a little tip about how to begin practicing double-tonguing. The 2nd movement of Bach’s C Major Flute Sonata is all double-tonguing. It’s a lot of fun! Double-tonguing properly all starts with where you put the tip of your tongue. You place...
Articulation: Tonguing Too Far Back

Articulation: Tonguing Too Far Back

Many people tongue too far back on the roof of their mouths. You want your tongue to be as far forward as you can get it without being on your teeth.  Feel with your tongue on the roof of your mouth. There’s a knob that’s right in between the two front teeth. Then...