Now this is BE-ing patient! Alecia's well paced application of BE will certainly pay great dividends.
Hi Valerie, thought I would check in again. Thanks for your description.
I am continuing to use BE, rather slowly because I enjoy what I do so much, I don't feel any great need to rush though the exercises! I can now initiate lower notes (not the pedal notes) during pieces in rehearsal without thinking it is a big deal. I could not do that last November. I am also starting to attempt some of the higher sections, eg. Bb two above middle C, in public and no one has turned a fire hose onto me. I take that to be a passive compliment. I can't really play that area properly, but I am WORKING with it, which is a door that has only opened to me via BE. I can see that I am earlier in the same development process I had around low notes, and I confidently expect to be able to play up to C reliably, within a year.
I still find that trying the BE embouchure for high notes when playing causes chaos and shut down, so I don't! But I can play the higher range available to me with less fuss, because I know that I am able to play even higher, so my brain doesn't think of it as such a big deal any more!
I practice "strategically" rather than long, and still pretty regularly use the embouchure strengthener, and the BE embouchure "squeeze" method. I find I can't play sustained passages that center around D-G two above middle C, but aside from that I am amazed how good my endurance is, and I can feel that I have more lip muscle. And a bar's rest is mostly enough to get me back in order. I no longer subscribe to blindly putting in hours and hours of practice, albeit that I am not a professional. I'd rather do BE, then solve problems I meet in pieces, eg the flutter tonguing that took me 4 weeks to get the hang of.
So, all is going well!
Hoping this finds you well,
Kind regards, Alecia