2005 P.Missin - Details

Flutter tonguing and snoring

Flutter tonguing is a technique commonly used with many wind instruments. Essentially it is the same thing that a child will do to imitate the purring of a cat, blowing whilst rapidly flapping the tip of the tongue against the roof of the mouth. This can add an effective accent to both single notes and chords:

This technique has been used by players as diverse as Larry Adler and DeFord Bailey, but it is only really practical with blow notes and I have heard that, much like the ability to roll one's tongue, some people are genetically incapable of doing it.

There is a technique which produces a similar effect which, as far as I know, can only be used with draw notes and involves literally snoring whilst drawing in air through the harp. This can be used to produce "growling effects" similar to those used by jazz trumpeters and trombonists:

I can't think of any recorded examples of this technique, but it is used to great effect by Joe Filisko, amongst others.


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