Mouthpiece buzzing - how important is it?

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  1. Hugh Anderson

    Hugh Anderson Pianissimo User

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    Buzz the lead pipe first.
     
  2. Ed Lee

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    Except for just attending church, everywhere I go I've a Kelly 5C and a David O'Neal BuzzzMaster. In an old pillow case in which I've threaded a draw string I've a piece if tubing that will slide over the BuzzzMaster, and I use a funnel of the long narrow type used to fill transmissions at the dip stick. Now if I could only play melodies lipping on a trumpet or bugle like I do on the mouthpiece etc. I'd be a much better player but such has definitely helped me center many notes.
     
  3. gmonady

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    I use mouthpiece playing when there is no alternative. When traveling, on getting back to my hotel room, I take my mouthpiece and roll a towel around the bore end. I play on it as if I were doing my routine at home on the horn, and vary the resistance of the towel as I warm up. I found that by doing this, when I return home, I have more stamina when playing my horn, with better control and power. So I look at blowing a mouthpiece into a towel more as endurance training.... Just as Coltrane blew into his sax with a towel stuck down his bell when he practiced.
     
  4. tobylou8

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    C'mon Doc! All that do-re-me you got, you can help Terry out and buy a Buzzard ($24.95) or BERP (21.95)! ROFL
     
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  6. gmonady

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    Why get these contraptions; When a you can have a mouthpiece in a towel, SLURP (priceless)

    SLURP - Spit Laden Utility Rag Piece
     
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  7. gzent

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    That's a good one!

    Makes good sense too. Its kinda like practicing with a bigger mouthpiece, and then when you go back to your
    regular one it sure seems to play easier.
     
  8. Vulgano Brother

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    Playing the mouthpiece into a towel might provide some face time, but I believe that mouthpiece playing is best done without added resistance. One might have to factor in the added resistance from significant others and neighbors....
     
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  9. gzent

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    My wife has learned that walking around barefoot in a room where I am practicing can get yourself
    a wet foot.
     
  10. graysono

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    Some cats have just "got it". CT is one. You instantly know it's him even when he's buzzing on the mpc alone. Talk about having your own sound!
     

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