trumpet    16:53 on Tuesday, April 19, 2011          

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Posted by sidetwist

If you play trumpet and need help like how to play a note just let me know by replying to this forum.

Re: trumpet    21:47 on Wednesday, April 20, 2011          

(2 points)
Posted by mcrider

My problem is changing the pitch/tone of my buzz. I am a brand new cornet player and have learned to buzz the mouthpiece and play a note, but I cannot change the pitch. What comes out is usually something close to a C, but cannot get the G accept by accident when trying to play open. No problem with pitch changes while singing, humming or even talking, but cannot make it happen with the mouthpiece. HELP!

Re: trumpet    07:32 on Thursday, April 21, 2011          

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Posted by sidetwist

If you speed up your buzz from a low C you get a G. Also if you keep open valve and do a speed buzz you will get a G . And another open valve is high C to do that you must have a very fast buzz.

Re: trumpet    08:35 on Thursday, April 21, 2011          

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Posted by mcrider

Thanks for the response Sidetwist, but keep in mind that I am a rookie who is not sure what terms like 'speed buzz' and 'very fast buzz' mean. I assumed, perhaps incorrectly, that they mean either blow harder or tighten the aperture to increase airspeed.
I tried both this morning and the initial results were very discouraging.
Trying to blow harder only caused me to run out of air much faster and did not change the tone/pitch of the note.
Trying to change the aperture/embouchure caused what was an almost passable C, to something I can only describe as a garbage sound.
I suspect that your 'speed buzz' term relates more to an attempt at changing the embouchure, so I will try to work on that and see if I can produce a sound that might pass as a musical note.
Again, thanks for your response and if any other thoughts come up, please let me know.

Re: trumpet    06:57 on Friday, April 22, 2011          

(12 points)
Posted by sidetwist

you know how you buzz your mouth to make a trumpet make a noise, all you have to do to get a G or a high C is speed up the buzz you are using to make a low C

Re: trumpet    09:48 on Friday, April 22, 2011          

(4 points)
Posted by Juppy

Check out this link, its a small video of a guy buzzing. he goes from the higher (faster) buzzing to the lower (slower) buzzing.
This is going to sound strange. OK, pretend to spit. the shape your mouth makes is the shape you want for getting your buzz. See if you can get something lik ewhat is happening in this vid to happen

warning, the volume of the clip is a bit high

Re: trumpet    16:59 on Monday, September 05, 2011          


The air makes your lips vibrate, not your lips alone. If you "vibrate" your lips more than your blowing enough air, you will get a strained sound. The faster the air, the higher you can go. The vibrations that your lips are feeling are the end result, and from there muscle memory follows. Tongue placement is also important, not only to get the right pitch but to keep it in tune.

Best of luck!

Re: trumpet    17:44 on Wednesday, September 07, 2011          

(66 points)
Posted by reedy

many beginners like yourself kind of expect to have a good amount of range, play los of long notes, and imagine that someone is going to munch you in the stomach so you tense it up, keep the rest of your body, neck and face relaxed though, play a scale, upto the G (or F if you cant get the G yet), practice both tongued and slurred and youl get there, I take it you have a teacher? if not you need to get one, us on the internet can only help so much!

Your lips are a muscle and you need to train them, so take your time, dont forse anything and your lips will become stronger in time

My teacher kinda proved that fast air diddnt work and was a bit of a myth....

Play a middle G, now play louder- thats the air speeding up, which is why you can play a longer note at MP than you can at FF, so if your speeding this air up, why isnt the G getting higher?

playing higher envolves the tongue position the apiture and the muscles in the corners of your lips, if you dont have them working you wont be playing higher

hope I've helped

Re: trumpet    19:16 on Saturday, September 10, 2011          

(503 points)
Posted by Branson

Start by buzzing on only your mouthpiece the highest pitch you can get and, without a break in the buzz, slowly descend to the lowest note you can buzz.

Then buzz the lowest note you can and slowly ascend to a higher note.

Do this first every day you practice and gradually you will develop the control of your lips to the point you will be able to get many more notes.

Remember, change the pitch SLOWLY and get the feel of what your chops are doing.


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