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Double-tonguing on the Piccolo July 27, 2016 In When’s Daddy Comin’ Home?, seventh grader Duffy volunteers to switch from flute to piccolo in the middle school band. She learns that the piccolo is in the flute family but is about half its size. While it plays the same notes as the flute, it sounds an octave higher. A difficulty arises when her part in an upcoming concert includes a section that is so fast it must include double-tonguing. For single-tonguing, she uses the syllable “tuh” to make a sound. But she soon learns that “tuh-tuh” is too slow. When she adds a “kuh,” as in “tuh-kuh,” she can almost double her speed. It’s called double-tonguing. When there are three notes together that require speed, triple-tonguing is used: “Tuh-tuh-kuh.” Like double-tonguing, it is much quicker than the regular tonguing of “tuh-tuh-tuh.” Eventually Duffy switches to the sousaphone, a huge horn that weighs about 30 pounds and rests on her left shoulder! –Rachell Elaine Jackson
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Double-tonguing on the Piccolo July 27, 2016 In When’s Daddy Comin’ Home?, seventh grader Duffy volunteers to switch from flute to piccolo in the middle school band. She learns that the piccolo is in the flute family but is about half its size. While it plays the same notes as the flute, it sounds an octave higher. A difficulty arises when her part in an upcoming concert includes a section that is so fast it must include double-tonguing. For single-tonguing, she uses the syllable “tuh” to make a sound. But she soon learns that “tuh-tuh” is too slow. When she adds a “kuh,” as in “tuh-kuh,” she can almost double her speed. It’s called double- tonguing. When there are three notes together that require speed, triple-tonguing is used: “Tuh-tuh-kuh.” Like double-tonguing, it is much quicker than the regular tonguing of “tuh-tuh-tuh.” Eventually Duffy switches to the sousaphone, a huge horn that weighs about 30 pounds and rests on her left shoulder! –Rachell Elaine Jackson

Author of middle grade books for tweens and teens

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RachellElaineJackson

Author of middle grade books for tweens and teens