the berp

The most efficient tool you can use to help yourself become a better brass player

The buzz extension and resistance piece, better known as The Berp, helps you develop proper breath support by blowing into resistance, letting you buzz your mouthpiece while you hold your instrument in the regular playing position. The Berp also lets you press your instrument’s valves or move the slide to match the pitches you’re buzzing, so you gain ear-training benefits through reinforcing the connection between buzzing the mouthpiece and playing.

berp basics

the clamp The Berp clamp fits firmly onto the open end of the instrument’s receiver with the mouthpiece removed. It’s designed to tighten around a round, hex, or convex-shaped opening. Once The Berp is firmly attached, you can easily alternate between buzzing and playing your instrument by switching the mouthpiece.

the resistance dial The dial for the trumpet, horn, and cornet Berp should be positioned below the holes and pushed up to partially cover them to create the desired resistance. The dial on The Berp for trombones, euphoniums, and tubas should be positioned above the holes and lowered to create the desired resistance. Beginners usually have a better chance of getting a good buzz with slightly more resistance. Once a good buzz is achieved, resistance on The Berp should be dialed similarly to that of the instrument.

Adjustable Resistance Dial

Slides over four holes so you can tune the berp to any resistance you want to match your ability

Clamp

Adjusts around the receiver opening of any brand or model of brass instrument

Side by Side Design

Lets you switch between playing and buzzing instantly and easily

Clamp The Berp onto the receiver. Play the starting pitch on your instrument, then place the mouthpiece in The Berp and buzz the exercise like a siren or glissando.
Buzz the exercise again, but this time center each pitch and press your instrument’s valves down or move the slide to the notes that you are playing. When you play The Berp, practice making the beginning and ending pitch sound (resonate) the same. Correct sound production will result when the air leads the way, whether ascending or descending.
Finally, play the exercise on your instrument with the same energy you used to make a consistent buzz. The embouchure should feel more relaxed than when buzzing in order to get a free, resonating sound. Always alternate between the berp and playing your instrument, to gain ear training benefits and strengthen your embouchure.

This exercise can be started on either open partials up and/or down. Practice with the same routine.

You’ll get a lot more out of this buzzing exercise if you read the information about the Breath Awareness Tool first. If you practice this routine on a daily basis, you’ll gain many benefits of working with the berp.

Play slowly
Use the top treble line for trumpet, horn, and cornet
Use the bottom bass line for trombone, euphonium, and tuba

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