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ALL sound is created through vibrations!

On brass instruments the source for vibrations is the lips. A full, rich buzzing sound translates into a warm rich trumpet sound.

10 Minute Buzz Session

ALL sound is created through vibrations!

On brass instruments the source for vibrations is the lips. A full, rich buzzing sound translates into a warm rich trumpet sound.
(1) Take slow deep relaxing breaths, blow a large volume of air through the mouthpiece for six counts (repeat 10x)

(2) Flap Lips (horse lips) in relaxed fashion for 10-15 seconds (repeat 3x)

(3) Begin to buzz lips, buzzing tones in the pedal range – Relaxed and Full (2 minutes)

(4) Slides – slowly slide the pitch in the following fashion over 10 seconds. (4 minutes)

Pedal – Low (up and down)
Low – Middle (up and down)
Middle – High (up and down)
Low – High (up and down)
Pedal – High (up and down

(5) Slur simple tunes on your lips. (2 minutes)

(6) Buzz some of your etudes, studies and pieces (3-5 minutes)

To facilitate a richer buzz, try this: Lightly touch the tongue to the backside of the lips! It will dramatically help the lips to vibrate in a fuller fashion.

IMPORTANT: The tongue should never pass the teeth when playing the trumpet. The tongue is being used in these exercises to increase lip vibration. The car is a great place to practice (during your daily commute)

Lip buzzing is a technique used by brass instrument players, particularly trumpet players, to improve their sound, endurance, and range. The technique involves buzzing the lips together to create a buzzing sound and using the same motion to play notes on the instrument.

Lip buzzing is often used as a warm-up exercise, as it helps players to loosen up their lip muscles and improve their overall playing ability. It also helps players to develop a consistent and controlled embouchure, which is the position of the lips and face when playing the instrument.

To perform lip buzzing, a player will first need to find a comfortable position to stand or sit in. They should then take a deep breath and blow air through their lips, keeping them relaxed and not too tight. The buzzing sound should be produced by the vibration of the lips, not by the blowing of air. The player should focus on maintaining a steady and consistent sound, and gradually increasing the volume and duration of the buzzing.

Once a player has mastered the basic technique of lip buzzing, they can then begin to experiment with different sounds and pitches. This can be done by varying the position of the lips and the amount of air pressure used. It is also possible to play simple melodies by changing the pitch of the buzzing sound.

In addition to improving overall playing ability, lip buzzing can also help trumpet players to develop a better sound and range. The technique can help players to increase their endurance, as well as improve their control over the instrument. This, in turn, can lead to more confident and expressive playing, and a more polished sound.

Lip buzzing is also an excellent tool for practicing articulation and tonguing. By practicing different articulation patterns and tonguing techniques while buzzing, players can improve their ability to play quick and precise notes. This can be especially useful for playing fast and complex passages in music.

It is important to note that lip buzzing should be performed regularly in order to see the best results. Players should aim to buzz their lips for several minutes each day, gradually increasing the duration of the buzzing over time. This will help to build up strength and endurance in the lip muscles, and ensure that the technique becomes an automatic and natural part of the player's playing style.

In conclusion, lip buzzing is an essential technique for any trumpet player, whether they are a beginner or an experienced professional. By incorporating lip buzzing into their daily practice routine, players can improve their overall playing ability, sound, endurance, and range. Whether used as a warm-up exercise or as a tool for practicing specific skills, lip buzzing is a powerful and effective technique that can help players to achieve their full potential as brass instrument players.

As you become more comfortable with lip buzzing, gradually increase the amount of time you spend buzzing each day. This will help build endurance and stamina.

Work on Flexibility: Practice buzzing different pitches, scales, and arpeggios to develop flexibility in your lips. Start with simple exercises and gradually increase the difficulty level as you improve.

Use a Tuner: Use a tuner to make sure you are buzzing in tune. This will help you develop a better ear for intonation and improve your overall playing ability.

Take Breaks: If you start to feel fatigued while buzzing, take a break. Rest for a few minutes before starting again to prevent injury and maintain your stamina.

Be Patient: It takes time and practice to see improvement with lip buzzing. Be patient and don't get discouraged if progress seems slow. With consistent practice and effort, you will see improvement over time.


Lip buzzing is an essential technique for trumpet players to develop. It helps improve tone, control, endurance, and range, while also reinforcing good playing habits and techniques. By following the tips outlined in this guide, you can start practicing lip buzzing today and see improvement in your trumpet playing in no time. Remember to be patient, practice regularly, and have fun!

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