Lip Buzzing???

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  1. trumpetrelax

    trumpetrelax New Friend

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    Please give some lip buzzing exercise.

    Thank You:D
     
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Take your mouthpiece and buzz your favorite tune. Finished.

    You can also buzz useful things like soft longtones. The important thing to remember is that with a mouthpiece only, your lips do NOT have the support from the resonant trumpet system. Play softly to prevent damage or wasting your time and face.
     
  3. tpsiebs

    tpsiebs Piano User

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    Here are some sources (or resources) that address the benefits and the "how to"'s of buzzing.

    James Thompson's Buzzing Book
    Joe Marcinkiewicz The Buzzzone
    Mario Guarneri's pamphlet that comes with the BERP
    MacNeil and Frink Flexus

    or you could just buzzing your favorite tune softly (keeping range, speed and volume at a sensibly conservative level).

    I have also purchased a Buzzmaster from Warburton. simulates trumpet resistance more accurately than just using your pinky to cover the end of the shank.
     
  4. scaramanga

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    I'm curious why you say to buzz softly - I've been working through the Thompson book and his exercises use long notes that go from p to f and louder. I've found the book has helped develop my sound alot. I was sceptical about buying a BERP at first but now I think its crucial - it makes you develop good habits that transfer over to normal playing because you are using the same posture for buzzing and playing - (as opposed to just holding the mouthpiece).

    To Trumpetrelax - I can recommend this book - its a hard work out but done correctly suitable for just about any level. Correctly, means only going as far as you are ready for.
     
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  5. Passion

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    I cant lip buzz without trumpet. Can someone tell me how.
     
  6. euphmaster

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    Form your embouchure and buzz. I understand what you mean though. Doing this can actually take some practice, and it's something that more of us should be doing more often.

    A good exercise is to buzz on the mouthpiece, say a second line G. PLay and hold it for 4 counts (at 60bpm), and without stopping the airflow, remove the mouthpiece from your lips, and try to maintain the same lip-buzzed pitch of G. Once you get that far, then you can keep blowing, and add/remove mouthpiece multiple times, and go to different notes.

    Try it out, this has been known to really help players with many problems, including pressure, range, and tone.
     
  7. tpsiebs

    tpsiebs Piano User

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    Two comments:
    1) To Scaramanga - regarding buzzing softly - If buzzing is part of a prelude of things that you do prior to playing/practicing, and it is just a means of getting the airstream going and the lips vibrating efficiently, I think soft is the way to go. It is a Warmup not a Weardown. If you're buzzing as some sort of analog to practicing (ie in lieu of practice for that day due to location etc.), then go for it. Buzz every range at every dynamic level. You're right, Thompson (in excercise #2) begins right away with expanding the dynamic range. I guess my concern is that a newbie buzzer will blow so much air that the aperture becomes distorted and the embouchure does not function efficiently.
    2) To Passion - EM has really nailed down a good strategy for you. If you think of your bottom lip like it is a hinge and roll the mouthpiece off of the top lip while buzzing a note (and you'll need to work hard to maintain the same pitch) that might be a good interim step for you. Be careful of too much "free buzzing" as it can sometimes result in the chops feeling kind of stiff. Moderation is the key element. However, the benefits of an efficient embouchure outweigh the potential for stiffness if you temporarily over-do.

    Best.
    Tom
     
  8. scaramanga

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    I agree if you are new to buzzing build it up slowly but disagree about the warm-up. I used to think like that and warm up by playing pp long notes, then gradually get louder and higher. But I found I was taking longer and longer to warm up. Then one day I thought - why not accustom the lips to blowing for a couple of minutes and then play with resonance. Then I chanced upon the Thompson book which uses this approach - although its important that soft playing is in there as well so that the aperture doesnt get spread as you mention.
     
  9. scaramanga

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    Although I know that m'piece buzzing has helped me it doesnt follow that lip buzzing will do the same. Do a search on it - in particular read the posts by Pops. He only advocates using lip buzzing in certain circumstances I believe.
     
  10. Markie

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    Take your mouthpiece and buzz your favorite tune. Finished.
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    Yep. Also may I suggest buzzing the guitar solo on Stairway To Heaven. You'll like it!
     

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