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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trumpetsplus, Apr 24, 2015.
A possible answer to the above question could potentially be very off-color.
Tartell's blog certainly brings out the dangers of buzzing, and it is best to approach mouthpiece buzzing ala Stamp, under the tutelage of a Stamp student or student of a student. Mouthpiece buzzing can be a huge part of ear training--if I can play a tritone accurately on the mouthpiece alone, I am really hearing the interval. Sometimes just buzzing a problem lick can help dial in our accuracy.
My take is that mouthpiece buzzing, applied properly, can create some big benefits.
Why not sing it?
I have a usable singing range of about an octave, I can't sing harmony and I'm a trumpet player, not a singer. It was only after practicing intervals with the mouthpiece that my sight-singing got any good.
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Interesting articles - Thanks
I do not Buzz as just an exercise, except in the car when listening to music, I may buzz along with a tune. I would never consider putting a mouthpiece or anything else to my face when driving.
I am helping someone to learn Bugle since November last year, and as he is a new starter to Bugle/Trumpet. We used to start the practice with just mouthpiece buzzing, more centred around getting the brain and embouchure used to the feel and sensations.
We now use a handy warm-up practice - to drop the Tuning Slide off the trumpet, and tune to F (Concert Eb) using a tuner. I find this helpful to warm up, and also helps to get the feel of lipping up and down to get into tune. It is good for developing a sense of centre for the sound. It is like a lead pipe Buzz, but just easier to do when warming up on the horn.
BTW this retired gentleman had a range of 6 open notes within 3 months. I think Bb Bugle is the best way to learn to get an embouchure working, and to develop a good ear for the partials. In March we moved to the trumpet, and the warm-up Buzz using the main slide removed. We still finger the notes on the valves, even though in reality it is just the leadpipe of the horn we are playing.
I still do a little free buzz, and horse flutter as part of my daily start up. Maybe only 20 seconds or so. There is a place for anything that works, or that helps - try it and decide for yourself what works.