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    Leadpipe Buzzing

    What kind of dynamics are generally recommended for lead pipe buzzing. One player has told me that he buzzes at FFF, making sure he gets a round sound out of the pipe , without any"grain" in the sound. Another player tells me that playing at a strong dynamic like that would cause the aperture to open up too much--causing problems later on.

    What have been your experiences with "leadpipe" buzzing?

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    Well the use of leadpipe buzzing is to set up the standing wave with the pipe... something not possible with the mouthpiece.

    We all use an open aperture when playing, and when you play louder, it must get bigger... The point of playing at FFF is to open and relax the throat, creating that AHHH trumpet sound. Without an open throat, playing loud will sound pinched, whereas it should sound full. So yes, by all means use FFF when on the pipe, as you'll never use that in a real situation, except marching band and Shostakavich...

    And to best use the pipe... buzz until you have EFFORTLESS ENERGY, where you fell like you could buzz for hours like that. Also, put the pipe up against a mirror and try to create huge circles of steam... LIKE 3" circles!

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    In general, I agree with reverselead. However, there are a lot of variables in my own playing development and those of my students that might cause me to change things on the leadpipe from time to time: hard or soft attack, breath attack or tongued, volume (anywhere from mp-ff), quality of sound (timbre) etc.

    In general, you want the leadpipe sound to be big, full, and singing with lots of resonance and core...just like the trumpet sound.

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