Posted by John on February 06, 2003 at 11:23:32:
In Reply to: Rudy troubles posted by Kurt on February 05, 2003 at 20:04:49:
I think the "trick" (though it's not really a trick) to playing the low register on Rudy horns is to work on efficiency of buzz and slow air stream. Often, when the lower register won't sound, we tend to force, and speed our air up. This will give you nothing but a big blurble. When you can relax, and produce the fattest, thickest, fartiest buzz ever, you'll get tremendous response. Since the Rudy horns have such a large bore, they seem to suck the air right out of you. (I play a 5/4 rudy CC). Focus on getting the most efficient buzz possible in your low register, and don't rely on the horn to make the notes sound. Hear the pitch, buzz the pitch on the mouthpiece, then it should play. I'll bet that if you increase efficiency in your buzz, you'll notice dramatic improvements!
Best of Luck