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hmmm... Next time you practice your tonguing, pay extra attention to exactly how your tongue is moving. You might be moving your tongue too far (greater distance to travel = slower tonguing speed) and you might be pushing the reed too hard; you only need to put enough pressure on the reed to make it stop vibrating (which is a very small amount). You don't need to push the reed shut.

In a nutshell, minimize the distance your tongue moves as much as possible.

It may also have something to do with what part of your tongue is touching what part of the reed. I find that touching just above the tip of my tongue to the very tip of the reed works best for me.

This is something that I have been working on a lot. If it turns out you have to change the way you tongue, you will absolutely *have* to slow it waaayyy down (I know i know...pain in the ***). Make sure you get the mechanics precisely correct at a slow speed then gradually build it up.

hope this helps.
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