I am 52, now about 7 years into playing again (is it still a comeback after 7 years?), and I think I play OK. I generally play first in our community band, first in our German polka band, first cornet with the Salvation Army group at Christmas, and I get to play the occasional musical at the regional theater. I have been told my sound is good, I have no major intonation issues, and my playable range is up to E-flat above the staff, with an occasional E or F when the stars are aligned right. I wish I could play better and higher, but I think I do OK.
When I take lessons from our local trumpet guru, he always starts out buzzing on the mouthpiece. Despite the fact that I have a nice tone on trumpet/flugelhorn/cornet/alphorn/etc, all I can ever get out of the mouthpiece is a very airy and disappointing sound. If I add a leadpipe, I am good to go. But just a mouthpiece and I am always found wanting.
So I have 2 questions for the august sages of TM:
Is this a skill that is important enough for playing that I just need to keep working on it until I get it right?
Does buzzing a mouthpiece really have anything to do with playing on a horn? Without a horn to set up a standing wave and feedback to the chops, isn't this really something very different?
Thanks in advance
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