P.E.T.E. - Personal Embouchure Training Exerciser
Brass playing is an art and a skill. It is also a physical activity which requires not only breath control, but a steadfast embouchure that will not break down before the end of a performance.
Professional Quarterbacks throw the football great distances with accuracy. They do this by practicing their skills on the field. What we don’t see is the time spent in the gym preparing the muscle groups needed so that they can practice these skills. Engaging in either one of these activities in excess is less effective than doing both in balance.
Use P.E.T.E. as an adjunct tool to assist you in becoming a better brass player!
What's the difference between the Plastic and Silver model? The main difference is weight. The plastic model is much lighter than the plated brass models. The extra weight of the silver version (the most popular model) enhances the workout when supporting the small end of it in your chops. The Plastic P.E.T.E. is made of black delrin.
The P.E.T.E. PRO is an advanced-level isometric strengthening tool to be used by experienced altissimo players. It is important that users have well-developed embouchure strength and/or previous experience with the P.E.T.E. for Brass before using this model. Players who are required to regularly play in the extreme upper register, or those who have reached a plateau in their efforts with the original P.E.T.E. will find that the P.E.T.E. PRO provides them with the additional challenge they’re looking for. We have researched the effectiveness of this new developmental tool by sending it out to select professional players, and have received enthusiastic reports. The P.E.T.E PRO disk is about 5/8" in diameter, compared to the approximately 3/4" disk of the P.E.T.E. for Brass. The P.E.T.E. PRO is machined from brass and available in silver or gold plate.
Exercise 1 - Builds power and stamina:
Place the disk end of the P.E.T.E. behind your lips, in front of your teeth. Gently pull the exerciser forward with your thumb and forefinger. You will feel the disc pulling your lips away from your teeth. Resist this action with your lip muscles. Use your common sense and instincts to regulate this “tug-of-war”. You will quickly feel the muscles of your chops responding to the challenge. They may feel warm as new blood is summoned to the area. Stop and take a break from this isometric workout if a burning feeling occurs. Patience is required when building muscular strength.
Exercise 2 - Strengthens the muscle groups needed to increase range:
Place the narrow end of the P.E.T.E. between your lips, in front of the teeth. Squeeze the P.E.T.E. from all directions with your chops.
Note: It is not necessary to let go of the P.E.T.E. to support it solely with your chops. The important action here is an omni directional squeeze toward the center. Remember that the P.E.T.E. is a tool to assist you with your playing and not an end in itself. It is possible to replicate this action without the P.E.T.E. but it is a good “prop” to remind you to add this type of exercise to your daily routine.
Now, with the advent of P.E.T.E. (Personal Embouchure Training Exerciser) there's no need for the coins, straws and pencils of yesteryear. The Isometric exerciser of the 21st century has arrived.
My students Love It, You will Too!!
There's nothing better than adding P.E.T.E. to your daily practice regime to gain strength and muscular control of your embouchure for that beautiful tone quality and sizzling range you've been striving to achieve your entire life.
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