Triple tonguing has always been difficult for me. A repeated /t/ or /d/ syllable between beats is rough, let’s be real.
This post is dedicated to getting your triple tonguing where it needs to be!
Strengthen Your Syllables
This is the most obvious way of practicing your triple tonguing. Practice your /k/ or /g/ syllables independently of the music, as that’s likely the weakest syllable. Additionally, practice your triple tonguing in t-k-t k-t-k or d-g-d g-d-g patterns instead of the usual t-k-t t-k-t d-g-d d-g d.
Slur Triple Tongued Passages
It sounds basic, but this is a great technique that shows what kind of air you need to have in order to make your triple tonguing speak clearly. Practice your arpeggios ensuring that you have the proper amount of air moving through them, avoiding cracked notes.
Work in Smaller Pieces
You don’t need to suffer through any triple tongued passage as written when you’re practicing. Break it down into smaller pieces! Triple tongue one beat and follow it up with two beats of quarter notes to make it easier.
Feeling Brave? Make it Harder
Triple tongue your arpeggios ascending and descending throughout two octaves and finish by ascending to the tonic note.
Check out my Triple Tongued Arpeggios printable and let me know how it works for you!