It has been 40 years ago in high school since I triple tongued anything. Back then, I stayed on the same note like in H. L. Clarke’s “Bride of the Waves”. I recently picked up trumpet playing for fun since retiring. My tongue and fingers have trouble synching on the triple tongue chromatic. I have to go really slow. Slower than single tonguing. Great time to make out a practice chart!
Now after the excuses, questions:
1. Do I need to play the exercises as good as your slowest demonstration, before moving on or can I move on, but keep working on it as I move forward?
2. How important is the technique of triple tonguing chromatics to developing a more relaxed way of playing and developing range and endurance?
The first answer is self-evident after moving on to the practice chart. I can do the F to B flat slurs at about 180 to 200. I have improved quite a bit, so forget it. I will work on the on the chromatics until I improve and keep it up in warming up.
The second question is more interesting. How important is the technique of triple tonguing chromatics to developing a more relaxed way of playing and developing range and endurance?
Hey Ronald, the freer the execution of the these techniques, the more efficient you become. The more efficient you become, the less likely you are to manipulate when ascending in range. Freeing up the tongue as you get into the upper register is very important in finding upper register SHAPE. I hope we see you around again and I recommend the Premium Level so you can make the connections I am referring to. Best Wishes, Greg