Warburton P.E.T.E. Personal Embouchure Training DeviceProduct #584028 Warburton 584028 INI Breathing & Practice Aids for Brass https://www.esnapw.com/rses/ESnapServlet?MerchantNumberSent=63655
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The Warburton P.E.T.E. Personal Embouchure Training Device is an isometric trainer for your embouchure that directly targets the exact muscles that tire toward the end of a performance. Available in silver, gold or plastic finish.
The P.E.T.E. is intended for use in addition to your regular instrumental practice, and not as a replacement for any part of it. Regular use of the P.E.T.E. will strengthen and support muscles of your embouchure. It is recommended that you should not use the P.E.T.E. immediately before playing, as the exercise will leave you tired. A rest period of 1-2 hours before playing should be sufficient.
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Trumpeters are always looking for shortcuts and whatever can take them into the upper register with the least amount of work. Under the school of teaching that I come from, the primary source is tonal range and quality does not excessively emphasize the lips, but on proper breathing. This device does nothing for breathing. I do have one and used it for about 2 months very faithfully. If you have consistent gigs, you will want to watch your use of this product. Overuse can damage or reshape your embouchure. The manufacturer only provides very general guidelines for use. You're supposed to eventually come up with the exercises that work for you. Specifically, I believe this trainer makes the lip around the apeture too stiff and a lot less pliable. Your thoughts on this will come from your school of teaching, but mine holds that the center of the lips should maintain a high degree of pliability to ensure ease in the upper range and increased stamina. We all know that there are a number of embouchure theories out there so I supposed this may "benefit" one who holds to lip-centered tonal origination. But because I think that current lip theory has been abused, I don't believe that this device puts the trumpeter in the correct physical build or the proper psychological focus to add a few ledger lines above and maintain a health range down to the pedals.
If you want to properly solidify your embouchure, practice correctly. And whenever you see any quick achievement tools for brass, forget it, and practice correcty some more. Then after all that practice, go practice again. As undisciplined as our brass community is today, virtuosos are becoming an endangered species. Brass demands blood, sweat, tears, and most of all, patience. If you're having some kind of trouble with your embouchure, about 5% of your attention is for the lips. Then, 95% should be devoted to the other, more foundational, elements for producing lip vibration so that a holistic embouchure SYSTSEM is developed.
I could go on for hours but it's time to get back to practicing. With your disctinctive anatomy, you may derive some benefit from this tool, but I would not say that this should be a normative part of embouchure development.