How to Leadpipe Buzz on the trumpet

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Leadpipe buzzing is beneficial as a means to find a resonance in your tone as well as to locate the feel when slotting a pitch.

Here are 7 simple steps:

1. Remove your tuning slide and insert the mouthpiece into the receiver. (told you it was easy!)

2. Relax, breathe and play a note on the leadpipe. It will typically be pitched between Eb and F (Bb trumpet pitch) – Db and Eb (concert pitch).

3. While you sound the tone, listen for wavering in the pitch and volume. If you sense this, you should address the breathing and slotting of the note. When the pitch is located it will sound resonant and focused, like a really loud and angry bee!*

4. Vary dynamics while maintaining the pitch. Often pitch can fall when decreasing the volume.

5. Try slotting the pedal tone an octave below, or the next resonant pitch – about a 9th above the open note. Beyond this register the pitches seem to locate easily.

6. Rest.

7. Repeat! Be mindful that this can be tiring, so proceed with respect to the playing that you may be required to do later on.

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* Imagine a really loud, angry bee trapped in a clean empty jam jar held against your ear. With no stinger. Buzzzzz. (ed – Brass Musician advises that you do not actually do this)

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