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Mike
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Post Leadpipe buzzing
on: March 20, 2011, 11:28
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Hey all,

I had the time this afternoon to throw a quick video together. I seem a bit stoned, haha; I think just tired from a long week and too much sleepwalking. Anyway, this was in response to Ben's request.

Sorry I took so long, Ben - I meant to do this while teaching on Wednesday, but I forgot my Kodak recorder and I wasn't going to do this with my iPhone!

Regarding the video setup - Jon, this may interest you: it is the Kodak Zi8 @720 - 60FPS which seems to get great results. It is compressed for youtube obviously, and the audio is a little compressed. I was surprised that it didn't clip as I thought - higher frequencies tend to more. I was using a Zoom H2 to record the audio, and it sounds MUCH better, but it was gonna take an afternoon to do the splicing, and for this video it didn't seem necessary. It also lets you hear the device on its own.

Cheers!
Mike

Ps Apologies for any/all mistakes I said/played. My brain wasn't entirely fresh.

Mike
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Post RE: Leadpipe buzzing
on: March 20, 2011, 14:38
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Having reviewed the video - I would really like to add to the resonance comment.

The leadpipe buzzing - yeah - opens the chops, helps you focus blah blah. RESONANCE. It really helps you feel when the resonance locks in; it is more exaggerated when playing the leadpipe than when playing the trumpet. Hence the exercise. This is key to a decent, projecting, rich, TRUMPET sound. Not bright. Not dark. Just technically the way to a decent sound.

You use your mind to control your sound model. More on that later.

Mike

Jon
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Post RE: Leadpipe buzzing
on: March 21, 2011, 03:05
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Mike,

Seriously, this is definitely one of the BEST ever videos I've seen online from a trumpet player giving advice. You're really clear, easy to understand, the advice is spot on, your sound is huge, video recording quality is fantastic.

A really great video!!! Feel free to keep 'em coming! :)

Ben
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Post RE: Leadpipe buzzing
on: March 21, 2011, 04:31
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Having read all the stuff I could find on leadpipe buzzing, I really had no idea what I was aiming for. Now, I at least know what it SHOULD sound like... 😉

I only watched it on mobile last night, and haven't actually had a chance to try it out, so will be watching it again tonight.

Thanks again for doing it.

Now get some sleep!!!

Ben
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Post RE: Leadpipe buzzing
on: March 21, 2011, 11:24
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Well, I've just made an attempt at putting this into practice.

My pipe seems to buzz somewhere between an E and an F. Probably about a quatertone above the E, but that's largely irrelevant. I don't believe I got it to resonate as well as Mike does in the video above, but when I bent up and down there was a definite difference in sound at one point, so I guess that was the right "note" to play. Anyway, played a few long tones at a decent mf to f type of volume (probably nearer the f end of the spectrum...). Replacing the tuning slide, that resonant sound was there. I'll admit, I was sceptical that I would recreate that feel on the full horn but, sure enough, that seems to have happened.

Below the staff (around a G), I lost the sensation, and the sound suffered because of it. Something to work on. However, that resonance remained up to an Eb above the staff, which seems to be my "topping out point" at the moment.

So, thanks again! I'll be adding a wee bit of leadpipe buzzing into my warm-up.

Bryan
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Post RE: Leadpipe buzzing
on: March 21, 2011, 11:57
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I've never spent a lot of time leadpipe buzzing - never really understood the point. I hadn't considered the resonance issue - you've given me something to think about Mike!

What I can add is that there are a couple more obvious pitch points that resonate well on the leadpipe. Using an F in the staff as reference, there is a good spot at G on top of the staff (i.e. a major ninth above the F), then at High D (+ perfect 5th) and then the G above that (+ perfect 4th). If your pipe is closer to an E, then adjust the pitches accordingly.

Ben
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Post RE: Leadpipe buzzing
on: March 21, 2011, 12:24
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Whoah, "the G on the staff-ish" one is REALLY noticeable for me when it locks in. Way more than the E/F one, and way easier to lock in. It seems to actually slot. Is that indicative of something? Too much tension still?

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Post RE: Leadpipe buzzing
on: March 23, 2011, 10:49
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great video. had never given this much thought...

Mike
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Post RE: Leadpipe buzzing
on: April 6, 2011, 07:42
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Thanks hamlet :)

I would be interested to see people trying this and posting a video of their thoughts.

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