I had this idea for a thread. How about we share some of those little insights we get about our own trumpet playing. I'm really thinking of those things you discover or notice for yourself...and you think "hey that is something I didn't expect that really works for me." Given we are all individuals maybe we can benefit from the unique insights of each other. I'll kick it off with a couple of things. 1) I noticed recently that for me tonguing exercises (single, double or triple) are really good for setting up my embouchure, bringing my lips forward off my teeth, firming my corners. So I like to include them as part of my warmup. 2) Long, soft, low tones are medicine for my chops (this I discovered as a kid in my first year of playing).