OK, so it's 3.5 months, how's that? So I took 2 full weeks off at the end of Sept. Then for the next 6 weeks stayed within the staff, just doing octave jump control, 1-3-5-8 stuff, and long tones. Then I began working into my regular practice routine, trying to slowly get back into more range. Practice an hour to 1.5 hrs. Things are sometimes good, other times not. The pin-point control was gone, over/under shooting, notes-to-notes weren't seamless, lip trills very inconsistent, felt like the aperture was too open, seemed to be working harder than ever before, didn't feel and good/healthy feedback/resistance from the horn. Things have slowly been improving, like 2 steps forward, 1 back. I push the range each day until 3 strikes, then call it a day. I keep at it but it's frustrating, hoping that tomorrow will be just a notch better. So let me ask a dumb question. Over the last 1-2 yrs, I have noticed I cannot sing as good as I used to. It feels like my throat is restricted and I can't give the air it needs to permit the vocal chords to resonante. I was concerned so I went oa ENT doctor to check it out. I was theorizing if I can't sing like I used to, couldn't that affect how I play? I thought for sure he would find something (like scar tissue), but instead he said everything is normal. Yet, I can't sing/bellow like I used to. It almost feels like my wind pipe is smaller. So the question is: If I'm having trouble singing for whatever reason, would I not also have trouble playing for the very same reason?