Chase Sanborn is an engaging modern jazz trumpet voice with a warm, inviting tone, fluid lyrical phrasing, and a style that always swings. He exhibits the cultivated sensibility of a player at the peak of his powers.
Music Business Tactics is an easy and enjoyable read that provides sound, practical advice. If you are an aspiring musician, or you know one, get this book! You need this information!
Chase Sanborn goes right to the heart and soul of the music. His performance was an inspiration to hundreds of festival participants, and his positive and upbeat outlook made a lasting impact on our students
Jazz Tactics presents the material in such a clear and simple way, with the vitality and spirit of a live teaching session. This method speaks to all musicians, regardless of age and previous experience.
Chase addresses the needs of developing musicians in a manner that is understandable and relevant. My students were thrilled to work with someone who understands their learning curve.
Tuning Tactics teaches you to listen. In just a short time, I've witnessed strong improvement in my students' awareness. Tuning Tactics makes good intonation attainable for all!
Chase Sanborn has a natural gift for engaging and involving an audience. He shares a wealth of honest and knowledgeable information about music and the music business.
Brass Tactics offeres authoritative instruction balanced with sage and homely advice. It shows you how to handle yourself in any professional or amateur situation. No trumpet player should be without this book!

Buzz Aids

The Brass Tactics Buzz Aid allows you to buzz your mouthpiece while it is placed in the horn. The horn is in effect turned into a ‘holder’ for the mouthpiece, as air is diverted through a hole in the bottom of the buzz aid. The buzz aid does not add any resistance; buzzing with the buzz-aid feels essentially the same as buzzing your mouthpiece without it. This promotes the free flow of air, so important to a vibrant tone.

By focusing attention on the vibration of the lips, mouthpiece buzzing reveals and can correct many bad habits. It can improve range, tone, intonation and accuracy, and pinpoints specific frequencies where the embouchure does not vibrate efficiently. You also improve your ear-the pitch you hear is the pitch you buzz. Mouthpiece buzzing is a very effective practice technique, endorsed by many great teachers including James Stamp, Jim Thompson, Jimmy Maxwell and Vincent Chicowicz.


Using a Buzz-Aid provides several distinct advantages over buzzing the mouthpiece by itself.

  • By placing the mouthpiece in the horn, you naturally adopt correct playing posture and the position and manipulation of the mouthpiece on the lips more accurately replicates the feel of playing the instrument.
  • You are now able to move the valves or slide in co-ordination with the changing pitches. Playing a difficult passage first on the Buzz Aid helps you to ‘blow through a phrase’, rather than getting hung up on individual notes.
  • Students take buzzing more seriously with the horn in their hands. The ‘gadget’ aspect appeals to young students.

Brass Tactics Buzz Aids are now available for all brass instruments. for more information.

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