Many mistakenly call rims "embouchure visualizers," but they have more uses than to observe the placement of one's embouchure. The real value is to isolate the lip*s muscle fibers while buzzing. Jacobs cautions students not to buzz their lips without the use of a rim. Buzzing without a rim involves many more muscles than if the lips are supported with a rim. He recommends that buzzing should only be performed in the lower mid-range and for very short periods—two or three minutes maximum
The mouthpiece is placed in the Buzz Aid to add resistance while buzzing through it’s two holes. It can also be placed in the instrument’s receiver to simulate playing the instrument while buzzing. They are available for horn, trumpet, tenor or bass trombone and tuba.
The Vincent Cichowicz Flow Studies-Volume One book is now available for purchase! The book features the first 40 flow studies along with a foreword by Larry Knoop, principal trumpet in the Vancouver Symphony, a 10+ page interview with Vincent Cichowicz by Bruce Briney, a reminiscence from Frank Kaderabeck about his and Vince's longtime friendship as colleagues in the CSO, as well as a CD with 38 of the 40 flow studies performed by Neal Bernsten, Bruce Briney, Robert Dorer, Mark Hughes, Larry Knoop, Tom Rolfs, Judy Saxton, David Vonderheide & Eric Yates; all former students of Vincent Cichowicz. It also includes an excerpt from one of Mr Cichowicz' master classes
The famous sets of Long Tone Studies that Vincent Cichowicz used with his many outstanding students at Northwestern University are showcased here along with his 1996 article in the Instrumentalist magazine, "Teaching Concepts of Trumpet Playing", forewords by Charles Geyer, Barbara Butler and John Hagstrom, commentaries from over a dozen former students and a biography of his father by Michael Cichowicz. This collector's edition will be a treasured book in your library and one that you will practice from daily.
JOIN TWO OF THE WORLD'S MOST PROMINENT MUSIC EDUCATORS AND PERFORMERS in their dail basics workout to put you on a path to an ever improving musical life! Created and developed for their own performing careers, SAM and Patrick show you a fun and creative approach to practicing the basics. The Brass Gym includes a 106 page book and a 78 minute play-along CD.