I have a stigma about Trumpet in A parts. Years ago when I opened my symphony folder on a first rehearsal and found the second trumpet parts to Stars and Stripes and Washington Post for Trumpet in A I completely crashed and burned. Up until that point I had never seen an A part, and shortly after that experience, I began working on Scheherazade (also for Trumpet in A) in my trumpet lessons. My brain hurt! I can read A parts with sufficient practice time these days, but if I have to sight read a new part in A, I get that same kind of panic that I experienced with Stars and Stripes years ago, and I just freeze up. I know that the best way to overcome technical problems like these is to jump in with both feet and get busy, but honestly, when my practice day begins at 10 PM, it will be 11:30 PM before Iâ€™m ready to tackle the trumpet in A parts. Iâ€™m not always mentally ready for that challenge at that time of night. Allen Vizzutti mentioned in his recent class here in Arizona that when he was touring with Chick Corea he would attend clinics that Corea would present. Many times questions would come from the audience about the best way to get start improvising, or transcribing, etc. Chick Corea would always say, â€œIf you want to learn how to improvise, then start improvising!â€ I mentioned my dilemma about Trumpet in A to my instructor last week, and he totally understood my situation. I showed him a book that I had purchased authored by William Vacchiano which expands on the Saches book. At best, this is material that I can work up in the printed key, but really stretches me even in my best transpositions (Bb, D, E, F). Trumpet in A is just out of the question with this material (even when Iâ€™m mentally ready for the challenge â€“ and thatâ€™s maybe 5-10 percent of the time at 11:30 PM). He told me to forget the Vacchiano book and think much smaller for now. The point is to just do it, and when I would stare at the Vacchiano book I would very rarely open it, and if I did, I would play a bar or two and give up in frustration. What he suggested really has made a difference to me in getting some time in every day on Trumpet in A. He told me to pick a couple of the tonguing exercises in Arbans (starting with number 19) and play them on my C trumpet for trumpet in C, Bb, and A. I read them as printed, then in my best transposition (Bb), and then in my worst transposition (A). I play them slowly for trumpet in A, because my ear begins to take over and just plays the right notes. I need to watch the notes and observe whatâ€™s happening. Itâ€™s almost like Iâ€™m on autopilot, but itâ€™s also exposing me to this technique in a way that is non-threatening. Iâ€™ve read several of these for Trumpet in A since my lesson. Half of the battle for me is simply opening the book and reading more than a bar or two. This is something that I can see working very well for me. If youâ€™re out of school with all of the challenges of life (like me), small steps like these are so necessary to find improvement in areas that have always been problematic. I hope this encourages someone to take smaller steps and get a little closer to a previously impossible goal!