Air in the tone is generally caused by weakness, inefficiency or underdevelopment. Or possibly due to certain matters of chop placement. Those who've recently changed the position of the mouthpiece on the lips or some other placement matter can be prone to air in the sound too. Conversely sometimes a slight embouchure adjustment may get rid of the air in the tone.
The most common one to be suspicious of is over training. This would fall into the category of "weakness". It doesn't necessarily mean that a given trumpet player has weak chops (although it might be). Only that he has gone beyond his threshold of sustainable performance.
Maynard did this often but that was because he took his performance to his own physical limit. So you're in good company.
In general shifting the playing burden onto the outer facial muscles and corners will strengthen the chops and get rid of the air in the tone. As well as other problems.
Try to get a good buzzing sound, just with the mouthpiece. Practice without the trumpet. If you have a nice buzzzz on the mouthpiece try it on the trumpet. You will be amazed. Do not use a lot of pressure on the lips.
One thing i do is buzz with the lips and place the mouthpiece on the lips while buzzing. On and off, on and off. I go with Mark that you don't need to blame it on the hardware.
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Posted by kingtrumpet in another thread about this same question:
keep in mind you should have the aperture (lips) closed enough to feel vibration and yet open enough to get good sound -- it takes patience and concentration --hope that helps
Yeah man. I will aggree with Mark. It sound like your lips are too far apart when you blow and in a sense creating the airy sound. I had the same problem and I'm working it. Practise playing with a tight apature. That is lips together more. It may feel strange at first but the end result will be nice warm sound.
Dont play with your lips to close either. Or your tone wont be as good.
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