Topic: Welcome to the Double Reed Articulation Forum
I am excited about the possibility of opening a dialogue among IDRS members concerning articulation. This is a broader topic than just the tongue on the reed. At a minimum I view five mechanisms that influence articulation:
1) Respiration (breathing in and out),
2) The larynx and surrounding structures in the throat,
3) The back of the tongue,
4) The front of the tongue,
5) The embouchure.
Just a discussion of these mechanisms could keep us corresponding for years. There is a wealth of information and studies focussed on the mechanism of articulation including "x-ray motion picture" research.
But that is not all. Historic writings on articulation are fascinating. It is clear from Baroque sources and scholars of the Baroque period that tonguing strokes by performers were far more varied than what we practice today. I am interested in learning more about the application of these techniques to the performance of those works on modern and period instruments.
In addition we could discuss sports related research, articulation studies, methods for increasing articulation clarity and speed, solutions to articulation problems, and much, much more.
I look forward to our discussion,
Professor Bassoon, Towson University
Former President, IDRS
Former Principal Bassoon Hong Kong Philharmonic, Wheeling Symphony