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The Staccator

The ability to play fast, clear staccato notes on brass or woodwind instruments is dependent on tonguing technique. When the technique is practiced on an instrument, players’ lips are subjected to pressure from the mouthpiece, requiring the musician to use multiple mouth muscles, which does not allow the player to focus on tonguing. The Staccator works by concentrating on building the strength of the tongue muscle, in order to allow players to learn to control it better. Created by professional trumpet player Chris Cigolea of Local 226 (Kitchener, ON), Staccator has been endorsed by Chase Sanborn of Local 149 (Toronto, ON) and music instrument retailer Long & McQuade.

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