Trumpet Topics

Improved Single-tonguing
in 15 Minutes per day
Part 1

This Trumpet Topic page is the first of a series of postings related to improving one's single tonguing. Like so many of our trumpet techniques, great improvement can be seen in our single-tonguing if we simply discipline ourselves to devoting just a few minutes every single day to the development or maintenence of this technique.

In the next few weeks I will be making some suggestions which I hope you will find helpfull in improving your (or your students) single tonguing. Meanwhile, why don't you get started by simply incorporating the following basic exercises into your daily practice routine. The exercises should only take about 10 minutes or so each day. I suggest that you first go through your own warm-up routine, then play these exercises before you procede with the rest of your practicing. Be sure that you always practice these tonguing exercises with a metronome because the prescribed tempo will eventually be a big key in pushing your improvement.

Rest briefly, then continue with the second exercise:

Take another brief rest, then continue with the following exercise. This exercise is for trumpet in C, so transpose it up a step if you are playing on a B-flat trumpet:

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