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MissyHPhoenix
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fake flutter tongue

Post by MissyHPhoenix » Sat Apr 18, 2015 7:43 pm

Does anyone know an alternative and or fake way to produce the flutter tongue sound? I cannot roll my R"s to save my life and growling in my throat simply makes me cough! Any ideas??????
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Re: fake flutter tongue

Post by pied_piper » Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:14 pm

There are basically only two ways that I am aware of to produce the effect commonly known as flutter tonguing. The first, and most common is the alveolar trill which is produced similar to a rolled R in the Spanish language. The other is uvular trill which is the growl that you say makes you cough. For most players, the alveolar trill produces a better flutter tongue effect. For some, the uvular trill can be an effective substitute. For me, I have a poor alveolar trill and I use the uvular trill whenever music calls for flutter tonguing. When I first tried it, I would also sometimes cough. For me, more practice seemed to de-sensitize the uvula a bit although if I have to flutter tongue with the uvular trill for an extended time, I will tend to cough again. Practice a very soft growl/uvular trill without the flute. Hopefully, over time, you will grow accustomed to the sensation.
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Re: fake flutter tongue

Post by MissyHPhoenix » Tue May 26, 2015 9:41 am

::sigh:: that's what I was afraid of. Thanks for the reply! Now if I can just stop coughing .... lol
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