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Trouble double tonguing on trumpet

A few practice tips: Keep the vowel consistent: rather than "tu ka", try "tu ku" or "ta ka". Try different vowels: "tee kee" or even "toh koh" might ...
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Trouble double tonguing on trumpet

In addition to Aaron's useful suggestions: Practise the 'K' sound on its own. You could alternately play a scale or simple melodic motif using 'T' articulation then 'K'. The goal here is to make the '...
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Double and Triple Tonguing Syllables?

I can only speak for the brass side of things, but the standard double-tonguing syllables are either "ta-ka" or some variant thereof. Variants include "ta-ga" or "da-ga," depending on the musical ...
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Is shuffle double tonguing feasible on a brass instrument?

I went to an excellent seminar many years ago by Jiggs Whigham where he described his technique of "doodle tonguing" for fast, swung passages: the longer note is started with the tip of the ...
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Brass triple tonguing sylables' order. Why "TA TA KA" instead of "TA KA TA"?

Ta-ta-ka is the standard, but the primary concern is that each tone receive its proper emphasis. So if this can be achieved with ta-ka-ta or even ka-ta-ta, then ultimately the technique is of less ...
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Fingering not synchronized with change of bow direction

Cellist dropping in here. There are all sorts of mechanisms we have to use to ensure that the bow doesn't continue to play a note after it's over, doesn't start a note until it's time to start, and ...
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Flute Best method to tongue

I was taught to use the syllable "tooh" as it maintains ideal shape for your lips and oral cavity while keeping the tone focus. Using other syllables, such as "tuh" or "duh" spread the tone and change ...
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What is the correct tonguing for this rhythm?

All depends on the speed. If you can, I would single tongue as this generally produces a more "percussive" sound. However, if the speed is too quick for that, try and double tongue.
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Are breathing/tonguing techniques for melodica the same as for woodwinds?

Yes, breathing and tonguing are effectively the same, though it's not as critical to do them well on melodica. You breathe through the mouth because you can take a full breath much more quickly than ...
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Is there more than one right way to tongue?

You're probably already doing something similar in adjusting your tonguing to the embouchure you're using for different notes, using a wider, more open lip position for the lower notes. If you're not, ...
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