May 2017

The Buzz on Buzzing

To make a decent sound on a brass instrument, you’ve got to be able to use your lips properly. A good way to train them is with a technique called buzzing. In this short video, Beki the Brass Teacher, a French horn specialist based in England, explains and demonstrates buzzing, which is similar to—but definitely not the same as—blowing a raspberry. She shows the difference between the two, first with lips alone, then with a mouthpiece, and finally with the full horn.