Single Tongue the Trumpet

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You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial series on how to play the trumpet. In the previous tutorial, we discussed how to buzz when playing the trumpet. In today's tutorial, we will show you how to single-tongue the trumpet.

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    The tongue is a muscle in the mouth that is required for all types of articulation
    Types of articulation include slurring, staccato, double-tonguing, triple-tonguing, short and long tones, Correct placement of the tongue against the teeth and the gums, as well as the proper embouchure helps produce good quality sound. When you speak, you pronounce plosive sounds such as "t" and "k". The dental enunciation ("t") is single tongue. "T" is used when playing short notes on the trumpet, which is very important for marcato and staccato. This dental enunciation allows you to have shorter sustained attacks. When making the "t" sound when playing the trumpet, your tongue should touch the area between your upper gums and teeth. This tongue placement will give you a plosive "t" sound.
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    Over time, you can strengthen the tongue and find a good position in the mouth that will enable you to produce better sound
    As you begin to practice this sound on the trumpet, remember to take a good breath with the help of the diaphragm and focus on correct embouchure to produce good airflow.
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    As a daily exercise, practice playing "ta-ta" five times as the 1/16 - 1/8 (dotted) note G
    In this video, the Bach Stradivarius 72 Bb trumpet is used.
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That was a tutorial on how to single-tongue the trumpet. Please make sure to view our next tutorial on how to gain the endurance to play long notes on the trumpet. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the space below. Thank you for watching VisiHow!

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