Topic: slap/smack? tonguing on oboe
My wind quintet is performing the 2nd movement (our favorite) of Miguel Del Aguila's Wind Quintet No. 2 which calls for some interesting tonguing in oboe and bassoon. There are two articulations that I am trying to accomplish in this piece (oboe part). The first is notated as a "smack tone, kissing the mouthpiece" (exact words from the music). I don't know if this is intented to have a pitch associated with it. The music has a triangle instead of a round notehead. I haven't had any luck making any kind of sound with that technique. The idea of smacking the reed is a little frightening! The second articulation is perhaps a little more interesting in that there is a definite pitch that should be heard. The music says the following, "Hit mouthpiece with the tongue while blowing air. (result should be softer than the clarinet)." I have been attempting to start a sound without tongue (aspirated) and then end the tone with the tongue. Kind of backwards from what you would normally do. The bassoonist is having great luck with this technique (her part has the same articulation notated). She removes the reed and uses just the bocal and gets some great sound!
Am I on the right track with this aspirated response technique? Any other ideas or ways I might go about learning to do it better? What about the smack tone?
Thanks very much!