Why Lip Buzz? – Free Buzz – Trumpet Buzzing Tutorial

Why Lip Buzz? – Free Buzz – Trumpet Buzzing Tutorial


Hello trumpet players So today, we’re gonna follow up on one of my earlier videos I think, if I can remember right, I think I promised that we would talk more in a future video about why we do lip buzz. Okay, there is a huge controversy over whether you should or should not do lip buzz, and, to tell you the truth, I’m not on either side of that controversy because I actually agree with both sides. But yet, I do lip buzz – so that would seem to put me on the lip buzz side. But here’s the thing… is… I don’t use lip buzz for strength. So that puts me in a third category. I use lip buzz as part of a sequence to get us naturally on to the horn. Okay? And I think that lip buzz is part of a sequence that helps you produce your most natural embouchure. One of the controversies – a lot of people won’t duel it both because they say that you don’t buzz into the trumpet. My answer to that is “I don’t care.” Whether you’re right, or whether you’re wrong… “I don’t care” Whether or not that’s a good reason to not buzz “I don’t care.” So, there you go! The the reason I do it has nothing to do with that. I do the lip buzz to get all the facial muscles in the right place. I do the lip buzz for the same reason why some teachers teach – M – to make an embouchure. A lot of teachers will say “just make an M.” Okay? Now as a teacher… I’ve tried that, and you get a variety like so many different results from that. And if you take into account, really, if you take into account different nationalities, different cultures, different personal experiences, having them doing – M – does not really guarantee that their lips are gonna end up in the same posture as where we want to get them. So I reject the whole – M – thing right out, okay? So to me, if a student can get a buzz, then the posture of the lips is now correct. Now it has to be… the frequency has to be the right frequency. So if a student has a buzz… [blowing raspberries] That’s not what we’re looking for. So I ask the students to please try to match the pitch. Try to get the right sound even though – I mean – that’s a hopeless objective, but that’s what we strive for! Now… Knowing that that’s the reason why we do the lip buzz, there’s no need for an extended period of lip buzz. My lip buzz for my practice day is… …it maybe as long as five minutes on a long practice day. So one of the controversies also about doing lip buzz is that you will get a stiff lip. and… This is actually true! I don’t disagree with that. But, if you’re doing small amounts of lip buzz, that’s not going to happen. You know, for my beginners, they do lip buzz for only like 15 seconds if that much. For the intermediate students, they’re getting two minutes at the most. That’s if they’re very ambitious students. And that’s two minutes out of a 45 minute session. So no you’re not gonna get stiff from doing lip buzz. And… My routine has built into it two things that counteract the stiffness that might be created by lip buzz. That’s the lip bends… I almost always put lip bends in my long tones. And then also pedal tones will help loosen up that stiffness. And my long tones also have, at the end of the each long tone, almost always have a pedal tone. So let’s recapitulate here. Why do we do lip buzz? If you’re doing things the way I teach… the reason why you do lip buzz is not for strength They’re doing lip buzz to help you find, over a long period of time, the most natural embouchure for you. I actually don’t want my students to do it for strength. The best thing you can do for strength on your trumpet is spend time on the trumpet! There’s only one exception to that and I’m not going into that right now. But yes, the best thing you can do for strength is not lip buzz even though it will help your strength but it will take you in a bad direction The best thing you can do for strength is to practice your horn. Alright, we’ll talk about my strength formula later in another video. But for now, I just wanted to point out why do we do a lip buzz? It’s a very specific reason. It is one exercise in a sequence of exercises that leads daily towards your most natural embouchure. All right, that’s all I have for today. God bless you and we’ll see you on the next video. Thank you.

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