Richard Burdick's thoughts for his horn students
IV. Buzzing on the horn mouthpiece
For all students it is important to be able to buzz with just the mouthpiece, or buzz just the lips. There are many fine brass players that swear by buzzing. I am a fine player and I swear, that buzzing is not an appropriate approach to horn playing.
In difficult days, such as with a bad cold, I find that buzzing helps but only rarely.
If you can do it, then you have learned it; move on.
I don’t sing by tightening my neck, no should we play horn by tightening our lips.
Relax and let the air out. Keep your lips open to let the air flow, making a beautiful resonate tone.
There is a technique that I work on with my students that can have tremedous results in improving tone. I will include this in my book on Natural horn playing.
CD41 American Horn Music vol. 2
CD40 Retrospective II
Horn Quartets No's 1 - 5
CD39 Bach by Popular Demand
CD39 A sequel to
Easter Oratorio CD and his Favorites CD Bach Cantatas, 26, 84 & 99
CD38 Matthew Locke:
Broken & Flatte Consorts
CD38 Richard Burdick performs trios from the late renaissance: all 6 Broken Consort Suites and both Flatte Consort suites - 36 track of Christmas like music.
CD37 Microtonal music of Richard Burdick
Music By Duvernoy & Schneider
of the 40's & 50's
There are many lesser-known 20th century composers, who have great worth!
Let’s not forget the music of: