Awhile back I was in a rut and rowuk advised back to basics. This worked, and I felt pretty good. I am doing 2 hrs per day and working Arbans, Clarkes and my gig book. Pretty much the same thing the last six months. Although my range and power feel pretty good, I just felt like I had made little progress lately. I was moving forward thru the books but felt stale. Anyhow I got some play alongs and started doing 45 min with them each day. Listening to my tone and blending as best I can. After about a week I says is that me playing? That's the best I have sounded. Taking it easy but playing to F and trying to make a really good sound and really fill the horn. Not playing high, just in the staff and working on sound and endurance. It is working, I feel like I have made a little step forward. Now I don't give full credit to the play alongs. I think the change up in my practice sessions has done some good.