There was a recent post about internal pulse that got me to thinking about the work that I have done to improve this aspect of my playing in the past. I discovered that I â€œhad a pulseâ€ after I spent about a month working out of Rhythmic Training by Robert Starer. However, I only scratched the surface of this book, and ended up discontinuing my studies several months after I started. At this point I had only moved through Chapter 1 and part of Chapter 2, focusing exclusively on internalizing pulse. For some reason, I remember reading very insightful comments about â€œrhythmâ€ in Kenny Wernerâ€™s â€œEffortless Masteryâ€. He writes: Werner goes on to write: Wow! Every time I pick up this book I find that leads me to question what Iâ€™m doing to move my playing forward. Well, I think I just read what I needed to provide me with a course for 2006. Since Iâ€™ve spent so much time on cultivating a resonant sound in my playing, I think itâ€™s time to touch this next aspect of my technical growth as a player. The Robert Starer book contains 100 exercises that are divided into 12 chapters. With my experience working from this book in the past, Iâ€™m guessing that one month per chapter should be about right for me to absorb this material. When I first found this book, the woman that turned me on to it was from Eastman and said it was used there during her course of study (apparently also at Juilliard since the author was a teacher there). Thatâ€™s good enough for me! My plan is to target 5-10 minutes per day working from this book over the course of the year (not a very large time commitment). This is practice away from the trumpet, so I will simply program this work between practice sessions each evening. If you are interested, I would like to invite you to join me in this learning adventure. Iâ€™m sure that I will come out on the other side of this yearâ€™s worth of exercises a transformed player. If you choose to join me, Iâ€™m certain that we will be able to share suggestions and act as a support group as progress becomes more challenging. This is a link to a post that I wrote at the end of 2003 called A Rhythmic Epiphany. It has some details about my initial work with the book. Iâ€™ll plan on adding some posts about what Iâ€™m currently working on this time next week. If you can find a copy of the book between now and then, you can join me! I looking forward to being able to â€œeally burnâ€ with great internal time this time next year!