Monday, February 14, 2011
Buzzing Makes Perfect
The blog today centers around brass players. Buzzing is when you play on your mouthpiece without it actually in your instrument. Buzzing is detrimental. This is definitely a skill you will need to acquire and keep with you for the rest of your life. Now, it will definitely feel weird at first, considering that there is truly no resistance against your air like when you play on your instrument. So as well as working your embrouchure, you are also helping your lung capacity. I usually buzz before and after my practice, to warm up and to warm down. Now the best way to get your pitches is to play a note on the piano and then tryto hit that pitch on your mouthpiece as well. YOu can do all of your warmup exercises like this. I would advise you to buy yourself a B.E.R.P. It is a small cylinder that attaches to your lead pipe so you can move your fingers or slide along to the buzzing.