Beethoven 4 is just not a thing that should exist. for me it’s mostly the fingers (guess who never got in the habit of practicing arpeggios regularly! whoops), but just like, ugh, no, go away. i think one of the things that helps me with my double tonguing is the fact that i tend to hum/sing music all the time while i’m walking around, and when i get to something fast, i’ll literally do the double-tonguing thing to get all the “da da da da”s out in time — and i was doing this for years before i ever tried to do it on bassoon. so i kind of had a jump-start on practicing it built in …
aaah, see, for all my humming and singing, i’ve never really been able to do that clearly, even without a reed in my mouth. i marvel at people who are good at it (and at tongue twisters and patter)! but also i think a different part of my tongue strikes the reed to produce an articulation on bassoon than strikes my palate or teeth when i’m speaking or singing, so maybe it wouldn’t have helped me anyway? i also have a lot of trouble with getting, like, stuck in my throat on the “ka/ga” part of double-tonguing, idk what that’s about.
it’s so hard to talk about/work on articulation because there’s no way to see what is happening on the inside of your mouth. i get very frustrated trying to troubleshoot, with or without help from teachers! (once at a summer festival a teacher actually refused to even listen and shut down the conversation with “stop making excuses” and that was when i knew i didn’t want to be in her studio for grad school. fun times!)
ah, yeah, i was raised on a p steady diet of tongue twisters and patter songs (my dad did a lot of theatre in his youth, and likes to bring out a lot of the old warmups at the drop of a hat — i cannot remember a time when i was unfamiliar with “they’re a ravenous hoard, and they all leapt on board at Sloan Square and South Kensington stations… “), so that probably didn’t hurt either.
the “ka/ga” is defs the trickiest part. i spent/spend a lot of time playing with where exactly it’s happening in my mouth? i think higher up has generally been more successful for me than lower down, but idek — as you said, you can’t exactly see what the interior of your moth is doing …
WOW, what a horrible thing to say! can’t blame you for not wanting to join that person’s studio …