Clarinet Notes

Odds and ends of clarinet tech and training

Staccato Articulation on the Clarinet


This presentation is a collection of various staccato types available on the clarinet and saxophone. They range from glottal-stops and diaphragm-puffs through standard modern-day tonguing techniques such as single-, double- and triple-tonguing. Then, I move on to less-known alternatives: Synthetic Speed Tonguing, On-the-Reed Multiple Tonguing and Lateral tonguing. It also includes Slap-tongue and various types of Flutter-tonguing. Each staccato articulation is clearly described by precise animations of the tongue’s different actions, supplemented with easy-to-read bullet points and figures.


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