Rowuk, I know this board is kind of a power trip for you, but in this case you are misreading the tea leaves about the dynamic in my house and the level of interest that my son has in pursuing the trumpet. I'm not the one keeping trumpet music flowing out of his iPod day and night or the one asking to see trumpet video after trumpet video on YouTube (because we don't let him access it himself). Or asking every day whether NTC has posted up the videos yet of the trumpet concerts, or begging to go to NYC in June to see Hardenberger with the NY Phil, etc. He wants to succeed and I'm doing the best I can to help him achieve what he expects to achieve. Part of that is structuring a practice routine. To use your words, he "respects" my opinion of what it takes to excel on the trumpet, including practice time. He understands that there are dues to be paid to achieve success. It doesn't mean that he wouldn't rather skip practice and play video games, but he gets what music is about and he definitely understands how viciously competitive the trumpet/music world is. Anyhow, I just posted again to share what was working for him as a practice routine in order to round off my initial post. I didn't think I'd get attacked for that, but this is the internet I suppose.