Once he got the concept, we went to work on his
actual mechanics of playing the trumpet - Breathing, posture and tonguing.
He finally single tongued with a full sound.
Then I asked him if he could double tongue. We again
went through the try,cant, wont exercise for several
I asked him what syllables he used to double tongue.
He responded with TA-KA-TA-KA. I asked him why he used those
He said it was because Thats the way
its supposed to be. I said Really? Who told you that?
He was dumbfounded. Someone was going to challenge his way of thinking.
I asked him to use a different set of syllables
for the exercise. I had him use the word attic. I got this one
from a student of mine and it works like a charm for getting students to
Start the first note with a TAT then
IC. then AT-IC-AT-IC-AT-IC. Guess who was double tonguing? You
guessed it. This student began to double tongue with no problem. Rafael Mendez
he wasnt but he was on his way.
The look of amazement on his face was priceless.
How did you do that? he asked. I didnt do anything. He
shifted his perception and had a breakthrough. Try different syllables. Maybe
attic doesnt work for you. Step outside the traditional
approaches and experiment.