P.E.T.E. Personal Embouchure Training Exerciser
P.E.T.E. is an embouchure training product designed and manufactured by mouthpiece maker and craftsman Terry Warburton. Crafted of solid brass, silver plated, well-balanced and weighted, with a pair of rubber O rings to provide a grip for your fingers, P.E.T.E. targets and strengthens the muscles of the face that control tone production, range and endurance. Place the small rim behind the lips, then pull away from the face while resisting with the muscles of your embouchure. In just a short time you’ll feel the ‘burn’ that tells you the corners are getting a workout.
P.E.T.E. is different than holding a pencil or other object horizontal with your lips. The action of resisting the forward pull more accurately replicates and targets the muscles of the embouchure. Aside from building strength over time, P.E.T.E. helps players learn what a solid foundation should feel like. Often just 30 seconds will help you get over a range threshold to the next note or partial.
You don’t need to spend a lot of time to reap the benefit of embouchure strengthening; 15 minutes a day will produce noticeable results. The challenge for most players is remembering to use it. I keep it by the bedside and work my embouchure as I read before falling asleep. I can really feel the difference in the morning, with lips that are raring to go. If you have to miss a few days of practice, P.E.T.E. will help to keep your muscles activated; you’ll have a much easier time returning to the horn.
The bottom line is: P.E.T.E. works. Make it a part of your daily routine and you’ll be glad you did.