Learning trumpet can be a very rewarding experience, it can also be one
very frustrating experience as well if the student doesn't have a good teacher
showing them the specifics of how to produce sound. The most basic and
fundamental part of playing any instrument is creating sound. For a drummer, it
starts with learning how to hit the head of the drum, the piano player - how to
position their hands and which finger to use, etc. But neither need to learn how
to produce these sounds... the instrument does it for them.
Brass players are not nearly as fortunate! Each player must start by
getting their lips to buzz. This is essentially blowing air through their lips
and allowing the lips to vibrate. Sounds simple, and it is... but it's not easy!
Especially if someone isn't given clear instructions on how to achieve this!
What I tell all of my beginning students is to think of keeping your lips in a
relaxed closed position and to think about a kiss or a puckering action from the
Once I have a new student "free lip buzzing" (no mouthpiece, no horn),
then we can move on to just the mouthpiece. What this does is suddenly makes
things easier for the student because the mouthpiece offers more support for the
lips and a lot more resistance for the air. Once we've achieved a good buzzing
pattern with the mouthpiece, we then move to creating actual notes with the
I believe that by giving the student a good solid foundation to fall back
on, they will not be hindered by or plagued with embouchure problems in the
future. They will have a solid foundation for playing based on relaxed lips that
are free to vibrate and air being pushed from the abs!
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