Lip buzzing and playing problems

I’ve seen a number of good players that could not buzz or at least not well. I’ve also seen lip buzzers that were lacking in other skills and were not good players. Some of this has to do with the players perception of what they are doing. Total playing comes about when every trumpet or cornet related act is done in the same manner. This includes lip buzz, mouthpiece buzz, low c , high c , 2 octaves over high c, long tones, staccato notes everything played with the same embouchure. One problem here is that few people look at themselves playing so it is very easy to end up taking minor short cuts. At the Stevens Embouchure Clinic every student was taped so that they could see the changes that they were making. Some people will buzz easier in a smile embouchure and some in a lip overlapping embouchure […]

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Do we buzz when we play?

Well there are several right answers about the topic of “Do we buzz when we play?” I know some good players who can NOT free buzz. I know some good players who can NOT free buzz very well. I know some good players who can buzz. First there is a vibration setup in the air in the tubing of the trumpet. And that vibration is responsible for the sound that we hear. Now how does that vibration start? If we wrap our lips around the lead pipe and blow all we get is a hiss. We can hear the air move but there is no vibration or tone. So then the lips have a part to play in this. Players who can NOT free buzz need to get feedback in order to produce a trumpet sound. This feedback is from the return of the waveform that they blew into the […]

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Improve trumpet or cornet in days

Trumpet and Cornet advice Lip Buzz (no mouthpiece) 5 – 10 minutes a day. This will help you to go to a closed aperture setting for cornet or trumpets. Do it for 4 weeks and then you should stop. Too much buzzing can stiffen the chops some. I only lip buzz about a minute a day now. Put a pencil between your lips and push the lips together. The lips should hold the pencil straight out for 3-4 minutes a day. The muscles that really start burning are the ones you use to play high. Never do more than 4 minutes a day. Work on soft playing. So soft that you almost can NOT hear it. That will help you learn to control a small lip aperture for playing high on trumpets or cornet. Project the notes where they belong Low G rolls out of the bell Low C goes […]

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Types of lip buzzing

There are different ways to lip buzz and each one has a purpose. If a player has a issue with open chops, very airy tone all of the time….. then buzzing 2nd line G and up helps them fix that and builds lip muscle.When I see people with this problem I tell them to buzz for a few minutes a day for 2-4 weeks to fix it and then STOP. This buzz should ONLY be done if you have a problem or for 5-15 seconds a day to find your embouchure. This is a moderate buzzing fairly loud sound and NOT a squeaky uncontrolled poot sound. The poot sound (where they tighten their face and seal the lips) has NO value at all for trumpet playing and yet many think that is a buzz. The buzz that we use to relax, stay centered and can be used all your playing […]

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What about buzzing?

Well there are several right answers about the topic of “Do we buzz when we play?” I know some good players who can NOT free buzz. I know some good players who can NOT free buzz very well. I know some good players who can buzz. First there is a vibration setup in the air in the tubing of the trumpet. And that vibration is responsible for the sound that we hear. Now how does that vibration start? If we wrap our lips around the leadpipe and blow all we get is a hiss. We can hear the air move but there is no vibration or tone. So then the lips have a part to play in this. Players who can NOT free buzz need to get feedback inorder to produce a trumpet sound. This feedback is from the return of the waveform that they blew into the mouthpiece. They […]

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