YES, you are getting old --- actually 30 years ago, I couldn't have done that piece. (although I admit, it is stuffy, and technical) -- and Steve, UHM --- what can I say??? 20 minutes of practice time just WONT do it for me. More like 1.5 hours each day!!! One thing that strikes me is ALWAYS the comparison to someone else (I tend to do that myself) -- instead of concentrating on making music at your own level. Interesting enough this came up at community band the other night --- the NEW guy at 3rd trumpet was worried that he couldn't play as well as others (he can do a fine job) --- but in his mind, he didn't think so. YOU know I explained to the guy one simple thing ---"if you want to impress someone, then all you have to do as a trumpet player, is learn 1 skill, and play that better, higher, faster than anyone, and AUTOMATICALLY people will think you can play the trumpet ----- I then proceeeded to whip of a 2 1/2 octave chromatic (up and down) -- low F# to high C ---at a blistering pace that completed the thing in just a few seconds---- the guy (Lee) seemd rather impressed -----------------------------and then I said "that may be the only IMPRESSIVE thing I can do on the trumpet you see ------------------------- AND AUTOMATICALLY YOU THINK I AM REALLY GOOD ---- by the way, Lee, can you let me know where we are on the long count rests???? I have trouble counting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I said "besides that, I write down all the parts of the music when we 3rd trumpets double with the French horns, otherwise, I would always put my trumpet up whenever the 1st and 2nd trumpet players do!!! -- Lee looks at me very confused., for a moment -- but I think he understood my point !!!!!!!!!! play and be happy!!!!