What Pros, Students, and Teachers are saying:
below to choose comments about your specific instrument or situation)
great tool for developing embouchure strength!"
Jeff Curnow, Philadelphia Orchestra-
clever combination of 'Ghitalla Wisdom' and mechanical science,
Ronald Romm, Univ. of Illinois, founding member of the Canadian Brass-
"I'm a follower and fan."
Ramón Parcells, Principal Trumpet, Detroit Symphony-
use it frequently. It's a great supplemental tool for developing
Marc Reese, Empire Brass-
teaching tool and the logical extension of the pedagogical principles advocated
by Armando Ghitalla."
Pat Wristen, jazz musician; trumpet-
"I've been using lip
isometrics for quite a while, having picked up the concept from some lessons with
Vince DiMartino at the Skidmore Jazz Institute. Quite recently, I've been using
the 'pencil exercise' concept. When I learned of your CHOP-STICKS, it sounded
like a logical extension of the 'pencil' concept. I had already started to wonder
about the pencil technique's limitations. After a couple days of use, I am very
pleased with the concept and ease and comfort of use...the theory behind the concept
makes total sense to me, and I also appreciated the information in the booklet
(also, the case is so well designed, I think I'm going to order a couple of extras!)
I believe I'm going to see some good results in the areas of endurance and intonation
with continued use of this amazing tool."
Military Musician, trumpet-
"...I find the biggest improvement
in reducing mouthpiece pressure, and intonation. I feel I can play more relaxed,
keeping the corners firm and letting the air do the work...if you work into using
them SLOWLY they WILL improve your playing. Also, you must give it a good 8 weeks,
at first you will feel very stiff when you play (first week or so) but be patient,
it will be worth it."
J.P., trumpet hobbiest-
"I am mainly using CHOP-STICKS
to retain muscle tone when I'm not able to play...I have road time* before and
after work to use CHOP-STICKS."
"I got back on the horn for the first time about three months ago"... (after leaving a Masters Degree program in Horn at Indiana because of an 8-month bout with Bell's Palsy) "... and during my first lesson with him, he recommended that I get a set of Chop-Sticks... and so my dad bought my set of Chop-Sticks and the Musician's Lip Butter. Both the Chop-Sticks and the Lip Butter have been so helpful in my recuperation, even more so than six months' of speech therapy and electrotherapy--and finally being able to come back to my horn has been the best emotional therapy of all."
Leslie, Surgery, Horn Player, NY-
"I am an amateur horn player
in the NY area. I have had to have several
R.W., Injured Horn Player, California-
found my Chop-Sticks very useful...I'm quite pleased
8 months ago I was told by my opthamologist that I needed to
has been a wonderful strengthening tool for me. I recently won the state level
MTNA competition but struggled with my endurance throughout the entire program.
I needed to improve this problem for the regional level to come next. I noticed
right away that Chop-Sticks targeted the muscles needed to keep a solid
embouchure and am very pleased with the results. This is a very good tool for
double reed players."
Lisa won the regionals in January and became a National Finalist.
"I have noticed that my flute embouchure and my aperture are stronger, more focused, and I have more control in all registers of the flute through the use of Chop-Sticks."
[Note from Liemartech: the benefits for flute players have not been thoroughly tested, though if you have a relaxed embouchure Chop-Sticks might not be for you. Those that play multiple instruments may have similar results to Gene's who reported improvements on flute and trombone within 1 week of use]
2 hours with power and strength, hitting high C's regularly when I shouldn't be
able to. I'm having more fun playing than ever. I have such strength!"
has increased my strength dramatically...overall I give your product a high score,
and I would recommend CHOP-STICKS to anyone that wants more strength and
Dr. Jim Fox, trombone-
"I have found that Chop-Sticks has helped me tremendously. I tend to play off center and have lots of air leakage when I don't have time to play a lot. Those problems seemed to have dissappeared. My high range has improved. I feel stronger and better, even without a tremendous amount of practice time." Dr. Jim Fox from the former iBowTie.com site now with militarymusician.com
Professional Symphony Player; trombone-
"Where I have found
them to be of great benefit, is when I'm on holiday and I want to keep some semblance
of an embouchure...I also find that the isometrics involved, using the weights
helps point out which of the main muscles are used in the correct formation of
an embouchure...I think the 10-week weight program that you've outlined is very
"After a year off the horn and in the books, six months of mouthpiece searching, and an air leak in the right corner that wouldn't quit, I finally got myself a set of chop-sticks. I couldn't be happier. I used to practice for hours and hours trying to make my sound better(and make that leak go away). It took so much time away from learning my part, and refining it for performance. Now I'm hearing day to day results, and I can devote much more practice time to learning the music. There's a darker, richer tone (throughout the range of the horn), increased volume levels (without the break up of sound), and my range has become more solid and dependable: giving me two Bb's below the staff and one up above it that I can play through every time. I've only been using mine for about three weeks. Impressive is the word of the day."
Chris Barnes, tuba-
use Chop-Sticks anyway? Because your corners are the foundation of the embouchure.
This is what gets tired first when doing the exercises. Many people have apparently
found an increase in the high register, but I am also seeing a strength in the
pedal tones. If one thinks of the corners of the mouth as the 2 anchor
have also found that my embouchure has somewhat spontaneously moved to the center
after over 40 years of being off center. This felt strange initially, but produced
a better quality of sound than I had ever had. I am not advocating that everyone
needs to play in the center, but in my experience, the Chop-Sticks facilitated
this movement naturally and I play with more accurate tone placement that I did
am a high school band director (so that means part-time trumpet player). A friend
sent me some information about Chop-Sticks and I bought a set. So far it seems
to be a god send for me. My chops feel much stronger and better toned (despite
not having a great deal of time to practice). Recently, our school put on a production
of "Anything Goes", which I played for. I felt pretty strong, even at
the end of the 2 1/2 hour production. Thanks heaven for Chop-Sticks!!!"
am a band director that only has about an hour a day to practice but needs more
"chops" than that can supply. I have used them for a week and the results
are totally positive so far! Thanks again!"
son is really enjoying the challenge of improving the time he can hold the Chop-Sticks
and it's perfect for days when he's too tired to do much serious practice.
*For safety reasons, Liemar Technologies LLC does not advocate the use of CHOP-STICKS while in motion. Keep out of the hands of small children. Liemar is not responsible for overuse - use responsibly and at your own risk.
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