Something I have been doing recently is I will put on the Phil Smith concert studies CD (or David Baldwin playing etudes charlier) and play along for one etude. First notes of the day, 100% cold, pull the horn out of the case and go for it. No excuses and you better match Phil’s sound and intonation! After I do one of those I then do my normal warm-up and routine. I have found for some reason that those are the days that my playing is at its best is when I do that pre-warm up bit. Any thoughts or comments?