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buzzing

This message was contributed by simon on 7/2/03.
It was in reply to this message: buzzing
posted by Robert on 6/2/03.

How much importantance do you place buzzing the mouthpiece?
I once heard Denis Wick say that if you put rubbish into a mouth piece then you will get rubbish out. However I have also found that when I buzz too much I get a funny sound out of the trombone later. Is this because im not buzzing the mouthpiece correctly?

Dear Robert
I think buzzing is an important aspect of brass playing. It is a good way of quickly (and fairly quietly) getting the chops working in the morning. Your neighbours will appreciate it.

If you can play most passages, easily and efficiently without the instrument this indicates that the muscles are working properly and you are not using the mouthpiece as a crutch to lean on. Conversely if you can't buzz a phrase, then you won't be able to play it with the instrument either. This is what Denis was saying.

However, like all things don't buzz for hours, to the exclusion of proper playing. Use it as vital health check.
BW
Simon H

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