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Tongue stop/ram

All there is to know about Tongue stop/ram

About Tongue stop/ram

Tongue ram is a forcefull, explosive sound. The tongue ram sounds a major 7th lower on a flute with a C-foot joint.

Flute Colors: having fun with extended techniques
to help flutists gain better control

Flute Colors: having fun with extended techniques
to help flutists gain better control

Extended techniques for better control

Adding extended techniques like Tongue stop/ram to your every day flute studies improves your overall flute control.

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Tongue stop/ram sheet music sample

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Notation

Composers use different notations. Always check the index of a piece to make sure what a composer means with the notation.

Some composers use this notehead to indicate a tonguestop/tongueram
Some composers use this notehead to indicate a tonguestop/tongueram

 

Because the sound is a seventh lower (on flutes with C-foot) some composers use a double notation system.

The diamond shaped notehead indicates the fingering one should use.
The arrow shaped notehead indicates the desired sound.

Those two combined look like this:

 

Practise

Studying tongue stop / tongue ram on the flute is useful for:
– Co-ordination tongue and abdomen
– Extending your pallet

Picc/alto/bass

This technique can be used on all flutes.

  • Piccolo: weak, sounds a minor ninth lower than fingered tone.
  • C-flute: weak, sounds a major seventh lower than fingered tone.
  • Alto flute: very suited for this effect, sounds a major seventh lower than fingered tone.
  • Bass flute: very suited for this effect, sounds a minor seventh lower than fingered tone.

Composers

Level:

General:   Becomes more difficult:
This technique is quite easy to realize as a seperate technique.  
  • fast passages
  • long passages
  • if alternated with regular sound.

 

Notes:

  • Can be produced from b to c#”