WindWorks Trumpet Academy Forums WindWorks Moderato Upper Register Development Buzz

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    • #11878
      Ronald Carson

      I go aah-woo and try to buzz. At first, the air just comes out of the center with no buzz.
      So then I try to tighten from the corners and sometimes I get kind of a Bronx cheer or raspberry sound (I do not know what you guys call it, maybe you call it a farty sound). When trying to change to a higher pitch, I may get air or an inconsistent buzz.

      Now for the ultimate problem. If I can sustain the low pitch buzz and put a visualizer on my lips, I get nothing but air. If I press the visualizer into the lips I may get a much higher weak buzz, but I cannot change pitch without just getting air with no buzz.

      I can put a mouthpiece (Bach 3C) on my lips without pushing as much as I have to do with the visualizer and I get a buzz that I can change pitch with and practice.

      Should I just skip the visualizer and work only with the mouthpiece?
      Should I be patient and keep trying to get a buzz on the visualizer?
      If I am going to develop and great upper register, do I have to buzz at all?

    • #11885

      I do only moutpiece buzz, because I can’t do lips buzz the right way, only by pinching the lips. Sadly, I don’t see improvement in my upper register.
      Maybe I should be patient too and keep trying ?

    • #11922
      Greg Spence

      Hi guys, your upper register will develop party as a result of refining your efficieny in the lower register and partly as a result of experimenting with all of the concepts without using brut force.

      RONALD Don’t stress about the no buzz. Use your fingers at your aperture corners as demonstrated and embrace the farty sound 🙂 Your chops have been pinched for a long time so letting go and getting a real loose buzz will take time. I want it to be as free as humming – it will happen.

      Again, don’t panic about the visualiser, it will happen eventually. On a daily basis, work on letting go and don’t push the visualiser on to the chops, that is embracing old habits of “force for result”.

      Cool, keep the free mouthpiece buzzing going just keeping in mind that when you play the instrument in the lower register, the mouthpiece is not buzzing at all.

      Stick with it, your are learning what NOT to do i.e. how to let go of the grip in the middle of the lips.

      If I am going to develop and great upper register, do I have to buzz at all?

      You will hear great players that swear by buzzing and others that have never done it. Ove of the biggest problems with efficient range development is the pinching of the lips so what I am showing you here will help you loosen the middle of the lips.


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