Hi Manny - A couple of quick questions regarding Arban's: Do you subscribe to the text suggestion for articulating rhythmic figures of the type eighth - two sixteenths, two eighths? That is, essentially reducing the note values by one half, so the effect is like a short staccato? Also, I have read suggestions to ignore (with a few exceptions) the staccato markings in the scale-based exercises and concentrate on smooth air flow. Would be interested in your thoughts. Thanks, as always.