The post may be a cut and paste (and certainly not Dr Mark as he has PMed me with on a post with some good advise), but it did get me thinking about free lip buzzing (no mouthpiece) I have been doing this daily now for about 6 months when I'm driving, out walking (alone), etc. But I still pretty much have to place my tongue on the back of my lips in order to get a good buzz going (and I'm not even in Colorado). Just curious if this is pretty normal with free buzzing and how long before I am able to free buzz tongue free........
Free buzzing is now legal in Colorado and Washington states.
If our lips are supple, and we do not use excessive tension with our chops, we should be able to move from a flap to high notes simply by exhaling through the lips. If we have developed "high tension chops", it could take a while before we can replace this bad habit with a good one.
Once again, with amazing accuracy, you hit the nail on the head. Suppleness is key. I believe were many posts about missing noted, airy sound developing, etc, is something has happened to their practice routine or playing dynamics where the suppleness has been compromised. I find that keeping blood flow to the area (and of course not over blowing) has help me tremendously to keeping lips supple. I do this by massaging often between rather demanding passages.