There are those who believe that buzzing the mp is a good diagnostic tool to help get at the resonance quickly because it removes the horn from the equation.
I buzz the leadpipe for that reason as part of my warmup. I can really focus in the resonance to my buzz and carry that through my practice session and hopefully into my playing.
It\'s nothing more than another tool in your arsenal.
Wild Thing Bb
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A buzz is a buzz and whether it is French horn, cornet, trumpet, trombone, or tuba makes no difference to me, they're all bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz not music.
I wouldn't recommend it simply because it's hard to switch mouthpieces back and forth. I recently played on a Euphonium (very similar, if not exact same mouthpiece as a trumpet) in a Tubachristmas concert. I went back to playing my trumpet mouthpiece and it felt like blowing through a coffee stirring straw.
I am not a big fan of buzzing. Although my trumpet teacher was. I made all of my money playing from middle to high c. Don't need to buzz there....
Too, blowing the real coffee stirring straws seemingly helps set the aperture and those that are small enough to pass through a mpc also are an aid to optimum mouthpiece centering.
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I don't mouthpiece buzz. Without feedback from the horn mouthpiece buzzing is nothing more than a logical fallacy.
Have you ever heard of a woodwind player buzzing their mouthpiece? Have you ever heard of a string player practicing only with their bow?
Buzzing a brass mouthpiece is like fishing without a hook and weight. You'll never learn to cast your line correctly. It's like a golfer taking practice swings sans golf ball. Did you air ball go 50 yards or 200? You might be able to approximate a good swing but there is absolutely no way to determine the outcome without a ball on the tee. There is no way to determine the sound you'll create without a horn attached to your mouthpiece.
Before this gets out of hand, let's look at the difference:
When buzzing on a mouthpiece with the horn attached, we start the tone with our buzz, the horn sets up a resonance and that in turn keeps the chops tuned to whatever note that we are playing. That resonance is what makes lipslurs possible.
When I take away the horn, the resonant system disappears. There is not enough length in the mouthpiece alone to get an external resonance set up - our chops have to do ALL of the work. That taxes the muscles and breathing system in a far different way. That is why it is not a "substitute" for the real thing.
A B.E.R.P has a short piece of tubing, actually making it possible to get at least one resonant note from the system. I am not sure what that does accomplish, but enough fine players seem to be getting on OK, therefore we just have to accept it as a possibility for some.
I find that buzzing a couple of minutes per day helps me "feel" how my embouchures corner strength is doing. That often does change my practice priorities later (more lipslurs).
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
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