Lesson 4 – Part 1

Making a Tongue Kick

In this session you will learn to make an Alveolar Plosive and use it to make a kick drum sound.

What is an Alveolar Plosive?

This is the iconophonic for an alveolar plosive:

Alveolar Plosive
Alveolar Plosive

The alveolar ridge is the protruding bony ridge on the roof of the mouth just behind the top front teeth.

The alveolar plosive is made by stopping and releasing air between the tip of the tongue on the alveolar ridge.

The Alveolar Plosive

The alveolar plosive sounds like a quiet cross between a letter ‘t’ or ‘d’ in English.

Watch the video to learn how to make an alveolar plosive:

Creating the Reverb D-Kick Drum Sound

If we add a Tight Effector then you tighten the tongue muscles and create an unvoiced English letter ‘d’ sound.

If we add an Aspiration Effector we also breathe out at the same time which sounds a bit like reverb.

The resultant sound is called a Reverb D-Kick.

The Reverb D-Kick looks like this:

Reverb D-Kick

And sounds like this:

Watch the video to learn how to make the Reverb D-Kick:

When you are ready, click on the QUIZ button below to take a quiz on what you have learned so far:



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