Violin Technique?

“In instrumental music, the relationship of the percussive elements to those of the purely singing sound is analogous to that of the consonants and vowels in speech and song.”
I have worked with many different, unique ensembles around the world and coming from a background of both choral and instrumental I developed an understanding of the sounds and how they impacted interpretations. Going back to the Bach/Reminschnieder analysis book, I found a lot in the figured bass that has carried forward into present day jazz improvisation and miasmatic accompaniments.
The inclusion of dip thongs in clarinet technique has bode me quite well through my performing career. Personally, I do my best to match sounds with the different ensembles I am performing with. With string players, realizing the different effects of the bow technique and the caliber of the performer, I adjust accordingly. Spicatto, Pizzicato, for the clarinet denotes a tonguing approach with a “du” or “dut” vocalization and incorporates the raising and lowering of the soft pallet with a delicate yet solid tongue. The oral cavity comes into play in these vocalizations without moving the jaw or affecting the embouchure and is internal instead of external. The joy in performing comes from it appearing effortless to the audience or other performers and yet many mechanizations are involved in minute increments.
Forming the “du” is one of my standards with the German umlaut coming into the picture. How you might ask? With the solid V embouchure intrinsically in place, the back of the tongue is raised and there is a slope much like a ski jump with the end of the tongue coming up to the reed instead of down to it. The whole purpose of tonguing is to shape the vibration of the reed, not to attack the reed with a kW force of power and massive control. In other words, it does not take that much to stop that vibration and produce a delicate light tongue stop. There is, on the other hand, a prevailing thought of tonguing technique involving anchoring the tongue. My personal style involves a combination of all these things into one very exquisite sound.

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