I just purchased Bob Findley's Method Book which looks very good. The book is clearly influenced by Carmine Caruso who I had the privliege of studying with in the early 80's. The reason for my post is that I wanted to see if anyone has experience with Bob's thinking on support. He has you do an exercise of playing a "G" second line until you run out of air. The purpose is to feel how much you need to use your diaphram as you run out of air. Bob teaches that this is the way the diaphram should feel at all times to provide support regardless of whether your playing a loud lead passage or a simple riff in the low register. Given Bob's credentials and abilities, I take this counsel very seriously. I have been practicing this way - although only for a few days - and I am very excited with the results. Specifically, it feels like I can draw on the support of my diaphram instead of my lip. Can anyone comment on this, i.e. if they use it, if they have taught it and how it has worked out? P.S. - I remember years ago a clinic with Bobby Shew that he said he uses a similar approach and - if I recall correctly - that he picked this up when he on the Buddy Rich band. He took over the lead book and was dying until he started playng with this type of diaphram support.