Re: What to practice after the dreaded embouchure change Hello: Excuse me if I have entered the wrong thread, perhaps you guys could redirect me. This is my first post. I have a question about trying a new embouchure after a musical hiatus. I am a 40 yr old guy who just got the urge to pick up my old trumpet after putting it aside FOR 17 YEARS!! . I started playing at 13 yrs old and played through college (I was in engineering, not music), taking lessons from our music director who had a background in military bands and old circus bands as well as municipal brass bands. I played 1st trumpet or cornet in pretty much everything in our symphonic bands, british brass band, baroque ensembles as well as some 2nd trumpet stuff in the our city's civic symphony. I occasionally had the opportunity to play with some really good musicians. I recall using the Arban book and the Clarke studies when I took lessons. Then.....I quit so I could do other things. I went into medicine and it has consumed alot of time. In hindsight, I really wish I hadn't stopped playing and now I would be at least as good as I was then. Now, I guess it has something to do with having kids and settling down that finally made me realize how important it is be able to play a musical instrument. So, there I was tonight with my Bach Strad no. 37 trying to squeeze out a low C. Ouch!!! My little kids (and my wife) were running around the room laughing at me; it was all I could do to get a note out. Thirty minutes later, my lips are dead-tired but I have managed to reel off some major/minor scales and a chromatic, at least up to a G (the one that sits on top of the five lines) as well as a few barely recongnizable melodies, like part of that 2nd movement of the Hayden. My kids have run off to another room now; they're like ferrets on a double espresso. My wife, who has never heard me play, isn't laughing anymore. She said "How'd you learn to do that so fast? Have you played before?" Anyway, my question is this. Should I try changing my embouchure? I feel like I always had a pretty decent sound with the embouchure I was using, but I never really had much of an upper range. Seriously, the most frustrating thing about playing trumpet was that I could only play a "high C" (a clean-sounding one) on a really good day. I was pretty comfortable with any music that went to an A or B. However, a solid upper range, and endurance in the upper range, really eluded me. The guy I took lessons from said not to worry about it. He said continued practice - with better diaphram and breathing control - would give me better endurance. I practiced my butt off just about every day, but it never came. I will say this: if I went 4 days or so without playing, I could pick up the horn and have a good-sounding high range, including the elusive C, for about 10 minutes or so. Then, I would lose it. When I put my horn to my lips tonight for the first time in 17 years, I could feel the same "ring" on my lips from long ago; it did not feel new. It almost felt sore! Could I have damaged my lip from playing the wrong was so long ago? Should I make a new "ring"? I know there's alot of factors to consider when trying to get better endurance and range, but I'm just wondering if it's worth the effort to start playing again with a NEW embouchure. I know you guys can't take me back to get a music degree, but any advice would be appreciated. Again, I'm sorry if I hijacked this thread. Please re-direct me if there is a more appropriate thread.