Lip Buzzing Embouchure and Mendez

Lip Buzzing This is the embouchure Mendez played. It is also what Clarke played. When Mendez taught a beginning student he made them lip buzz a month before he gave them a mouthpiece. He then made them mouthpiece buzz a month before he gave them the trumpet. By then they could change pitches and had decent tone. I use this embouchure on most of my students.He taught his own children this way and he toured with them playing trios for many years. He wrote about this in his book. The fastest way to successfully go to a closed embouchure is : Lip Buzz: (Like spitting seeds.) Do this 15 – 30 minutes a day. Buzz scales, songs, arpeggios, etudes…. Set your new embouchure: Buzz a note and while holding the buzz sneak the horn & mpc into playing position. Take ALL breaths through your nose (so you don’t disturb the […]

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Bill Knevitt

Hi Clint— Thank you so much for the copy of the embouchure book. It is absolutely wonderful!!! May be the most complete book on embouchure ever compiled You have done trumpet players a wonderful service! Bill Knevitt Author of several trumpet method books including The Truth About How To Play Double High C On Trumpet

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Eddie Severn

Hi Pops My In Laws have arrived from the USA and brought with them a copy of your book “The pros talk embouchure” Congratulations for an excellent resource which I am sure will make interesting reading for all kinds of players. Thanks also to you for allowing me to contribute. I have read with interest your own observations and the start of the book. Our views differ somewhat on the subject of closed versus open aperture. My own playing really came to life after I studied with Bobby Shew who teaches the more open concept. It’s like anything else I guess, too closed is un productive and too open is also un productive. I have personally found a way of balancing a more open setting with the necessary compression to ascend into the upper register. The way I see it there are 4 key areas where we can increase compression: […]

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Rune Aleksandersen

I first met Clint on the net about 3 years ago. After reading his book, this was a revelation to me, it made all sense: There are several ways to play the trumpet! Most books only teach the “one correct way of playing”, sometimes with religious undertones. All methods being different, confusing the poor reader. Clint’s books are not like this. He describes several ways to play the trumpet to a level of detail not found anywhere else! I soon contacted him, and he helped me to learn how to play the Stevens embouchure via e-mail support. I am very grateful for the help he gave me! Without him, I might still be figuring out how to do it myself. During the past year, I have got to know him as a caring and sincere person. I wholeheartedly recommend his books, they are some of the best out there! Thanks […]

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Ole Utnes

I have named Pops “the cyber teacher” – and that is what he has been to me. I even made a web page where I collected some of the posts that Pops have sent to or to the news group The URL to that page is: ‘Pops’ It all started late in 1997, with my friend Rune, lending me a book by Pops, “The No Nonsense Trumpet from A to Z”. Wow! – a lot of good information that one cannot easily find elsewhere, but the layout was poor (typewriter format). I scanned the book, and ran it through an OCR program. The output I sent to Rune. He then formatted it into a book and sent that to Pops. After a while a copy of the new edition arrived in my mail. From then on, I have been in regular contact with Pops and I consider him also my […]

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Don Smith

“After nearly thirty years of pro and semi-pro playing, I thought I had seen it all. Clint is, without a doubt, a pro’s pro! His “cyber teaching” has made him a living legend to all of us who have benefited from his vast knowledge of brass playing. In my case, after asking Clint about how to “open up” my upper register, he suggested a slight mouthpiece alteration. At first I was skeptical because I don’t often change equipment but, I went ahead and took his advise. Clint was right on target! My sound opened up and, as a bonus, I gained much more control over my timber and intonation – everybody wanted to know if I got a new horn!! “Thanks Clint!” Don Smith

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