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Lip buzzing is a very controversial topic in the brass community. Some musicians say that it’s very beneficial for working on the embouchure, while others are against it. Everyone has a right to choose what he likes, but it’s wrong to believe that a lip buzz is just a waste of time. Buzzing the lips – is an essential step for building up the strength and lip coordination. However, it’s not only about how our lips function during playing. It’s all about the development of the form and support of the embouchure which also effectively trains the muscles involved in...

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When we speak about the sound, we usually think about the pitch, the volume, various tricks and techniques, but it’s more than that. What about having the sound in your mind, before you take a note? Australian multi-instrumentalist and jazz musician James Morrison calls it pre-hearing and uses it as an effective instrument in creating the music he’d like to play. This great musician makes a stress on the fact that the sound you make on the horn comes from you, not from the instrument. This way of perception always has the great effect on his musical performance, no matter...

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Many trumpeters wonder how they could improve their articulation at higher speeds. Articulation is based on the way we articulate the notes. You could stress one or two certain notes in the melody line and that will emphasize the rhythm of the song. When it comes to the question of how the articulation could be improved, you should pay attention to different techniques of tonguing, first. Tonguing is the process when the tongue lets the air stream flow in the mouth or interrupts it. During tonguing, the musician takes a note and doesn’t let the air through by putting a...

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Many of us look for a million dollar tip about how to improve our mastership. When it comes to the trumpeters, one of the frequently asked questions is what kind of warm up a musician should do before coming on the stage. First of all, you should understand, that there are no bad or good warm ups as well as there’s no the only true warm up which would be good for everyone, because it’s a very individual thing. You choose what feels right to you. You might be surprised, but many famous musicians use a very brief physical warm...

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Many people, who stuck at home because of pandemic, face the same problem: what to do with lots of free time and how to spend it in the most productive way. If you’re a brass or woodwind musician, you would definitely like to fill the void during social distancing with what you like most and can do best of all – music. In order to help you, we have compiled a list of creative and useful activities to stay busy the following days. Take music lessons Staying in your personal space is a good opportunity to start distance learning. It’s...

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