Buzzing Techniques

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by maestro76, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. maestro76

    maestro76 New Friend

    Apr 17, 2007
    Hi All! I am looking for suggestions on some buzzing techniques for early high school brass players. Band camp is in a couple weeks and I would like to introduce some new ideas to the kiddos. Any thoughts?

  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
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    Buzzing without the mouthpiece can be dangerous at any age, as it can be a quick way to learn some bad habits very quickly. Even when taught properly, it is real easy to say to oneself "I know this isn't how they showed me, and said it was cheating, but it works for me" and doubly so for teenagers.

    Buzzing with the mouthpiece can be challenge enough.
    1. Expanding siren calls can be great for air flow and flexibility.
    2. Matching a pitch or an interval is great for the ears.
    3. Playing a note on the mouthpiece and slowly introducing the instrument is good for control.
    When playing a scale or melody, a slight, short glissando between notes is desirable.

    I'd encourage using the mouthpiece only for short periods of time as part of a warm up. Later it can be used to diagnose wrong notes (if we can't hear it we can't buzzit; if we can buzz it we can play it).

    Have fun with all those eager brass players!
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2007
  3. Walter

    Walter Piano User

    Sep 11, 2006
    I don't know a lot about buzzing but find that if my tone goes off a bit I use a B.E.R.P for a few minutes and it seems to refocus my embrochure...this web site has lots of information if you search around it The All New ULTIMATE B.E.R.P. ....FWIW

  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    I second the Vulgano buzz approach.
    For kids it is a great way to get the juices flowing without the noise level. For it to be of any use at all, it must be played "seriously". Just making bumblebee sounds with any old lip position can do much more harm than good. The best way to buzz is with a mirror.
  5. RG111

    RG111 Piano User

    Nov 12, 2003
    For clinic situations I have given each student a copy of a well known tune and had them sing it on a neutral sylable, buzz it, and then play it on the trumpet. Results are usually immediate, and it sure gets their attention!

    Roy Griffin

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