Many have reported advantages when using the P.E.T.E. mechanism. For me it didn’t seem to increase the benefits as advertised. Because of this, I decided to search and experiment with something different and hopefully more beneficial.
Known fact #1- Most great trumpet players suggest that the best embouchure requires firmness in the corners of the embouchure.
Known fact #2- the P.E.T.E. exercises increase strength towards the center of the embouchure.
So what’s wrong with this picture?
To illustrate my point, read what my former trumpet teacher, Don Jacoby said about this topic in his book “The Trumpet Method of Don Jake Jacoby on page 27; “Remember— only the corners should be firm, the part of your chops inside the mouthpiece should stay relaxed”. Does anyone other than I see the problem here?
If strength should be developed in the corners, then why should we spend time trying to increase strength and firmness in the middle as when practicing with the P.E.T.E device?
I would like to hear your opinion on this issue and for the rest of my day; I will be searching for another way to strengthen the corners of my embouchure.
Stay tuned for I will share my findings as soon as I have more helpful information on this debate.