Dear Manny, Sir, First and foremost, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours on this fine winters nite in Texas... all of 75 degrees and nice n sunny... lol. This bit I shall write has been covered plenty of times but I would like to try and get a shortened/basic approach. So here goes: I have a problem when plaing for a long time. Long time is defined as playing etudes or passages of long length where one is not "supposed" to breathe. I seem to never take enough in to complete the passage or take in an excess to where I do not blow it all out. Anoher side effect is that this tears down my embouchure after a while to where piano passages take on an airy sound and/or loud playing becomes obniouxly brassy... I've read Jacob's Wind and Song and other scripts but still... is it just a phrasing thing I have not gotten panned out yet... stilll?