Stratos & The Trombone Embouchure

Stratos on tromboneSTRATOS is a new and unique trombone embouchure training system. This high-quality practice aid is attached to your trombone while you play or practise. It helps you improve and adapt your embouchure and, by reducing mouthpiece pressure and ensuring a good jaw position, can help to solve many embouchure problems, as well as improving your power, range, tone, stamina and general ease of playing. STRATOS is supplied with a DVD showing how to use it to improve and adapt your embouchure.

The STRATOS Embouchure Training System:

  • Is designed to fit all types / makes of trombone & mouthpieces (tenor or bass)
  • Is fully adjustable to suit both you and your instrument
  • Easy to attach and use – suits all styles and levels of playing
  • Designed and engineered to last you a lifetime of playing
  • Includes a short FREE Skype session so you get the full benefit from your STRATOS

STRATOS seeks to improve your whole approach to shaping an embouchure.  It takes away the need to ‘think’ about position and pressure, and allows you to concentrate on relaxing back into better and better performances. Better playing starts with a better embouchure. Music soars with STRATOS.

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Quick Embouchure Tips

Quick Tip #1: If, when practicing, you play a bad note KEEP GOING and try to relax. Stressing about it and tensing up will not help the airflow or your embouchure. Get to the end of the exercise, rest and then redo it and try to make the note better. This is good practice for performing as 9 times out of 10 the only person who is aware of the mistake is you.

Quick Tip #2: When working on extremes of range or dynamics, tonguing etc., a mirror is a useful tool to see if you’re doing it correctly. Does your embouchure “smile”? Do you bunch up your chin? Does your lower jaw bounce up and down when tonguing? Does your embouchure change drastically from high notes to low notes or vice versa? Is your back straight and head held high?
A mirror can help answer these and many other questions. When you can see you are doing it right you can then concentrate on how that feels to play.

Quick Tip #3: … and following on from Quick Tip#2. Record your playing. From the mouthpiece it can sometimes be hard tell whether something is working well, particularly subtler aspects of playing such as tone or phrasing. Don’t rely on friends and family as they’re supportive NOT subjective! When you hear that something is working on the playback you can then focus on how it feels to play again.

Quick Tip #4: Maintain your trombone properly – if your slide sticks or valves don’t move you’ll be overworking the muscles controlling your embouchure not to mention your biceps and triceps! Keep it clean, in good repair and (sparingly) lubricated. Bad habits developed by practising on a bad trombone can be difficult to eradicate.

Bonus Tip: Remember, your lips are priceless… look after them, let STRATOS cushion The Blow.