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Introduction - Part 3 - Articulation

Articulation is the term we use to describe how we begin each note. On the clarinet we begin notes by “tonguing” them. As you blow through the clarinet, you will touch the tip of your tongue lightly against the tip of the reed to create a clear articulation.

Let’s try a tonguing exercise on the note E. Follow all of the steps in Part 2 of the Introduction and create separate notes by touching the tip of your tongue against the tip of the reed. It might be helpful to think of repeating the syllable “ta, ta, ta, ta” or “too, too, too, too.”

Check points:
Make sure to keep your lips firm around the mouthpiece.
Keep your cheeks inward -- don’t let them puff out.
Make sure that your tongue lightly touches the reed. Avoid tonguing hard. Touch the reed with your tongue as lightly as you can.

Check back soon for a video demonstration to help you.

Go to Part 4 of the Introduction: Rhythm

 

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