Definition of "tonguing" [tongu•ing]

  • Movement of the tongue in order to articulate notes on a brass or wind instrument. (noun)

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Use "tonguing" in a sentence
  • "It is a facile instrument, and double tonguing, which is also possible with the horn and trumpet, is one of its popular means for display."
  • "That's because the researchers haven't yet mastered recreating a clarinet playing technique known as tonguing in which the player strikes the reed with their tongue."
  • "Also, some techniques, such as tonguing -- separating each note by touching the tip of your tongue to the whistle -- and slurring -- stringing notes together -- are more easily demonstrated than explained."