Posted by Lawrence Van Ameyde on January 21, 2000 at 20:44:45:
In Reply to: Tonguing Problems posted by I'll chop it off!!! on January 20, 2000 at 18:40:47:
I have been told that I have a very good double and triple articulation. With this said (somewhat embarassingly) What I do, and have my students do, is isolate the "K" vowel from the "T" vowel. (I say "T" and "K" because you have to find what works best for you.) Practice them separately, starting slowly, making sure that the sound that of each vowel is as close to the other's as possible. Use patterns of 1/2,1/4,1/8 or 1/16th notes on simple scales alternating Vowels like this: TTTT,KKKK. Do this for EACH scale step listening for uniformity.
This will feel very ackward at first, but yeilds good results. Eventually I combine the two in similar patterns:TKTK,KTKT alternating vowels to work on evenness. If you find your "K" sounding weaker, accents can also help.
Do an exercise all "T"s purposely soft and all "K"s loud:tKtK, tKtK doing this slowly and deliberately really helps even things out.
I hope this helps and sorry about the long post.