I've been dealing with a problem for some years now, but it has been much worse as of late. Many of my private teachers have tried to help but no aid is permanent. Here is the problem: when I go to play a note (only the first note in a phrase) I will hesitate at the articulation. It's like my tongue gets "stuck" at the top of the mouth and the note is always late, usually at least a beat late. I don't play in any ensembles right now so it only affects me, but I would like to resolve it. It started with just really low notes but now it's on every note except ~A+ above the staff. Horn makes no difference, nor does mouthpiece. It's like I'm "afraid" the note won't sound, but the irony is that the fear causes the note not to sound! Here are some solutions I have tried that worked temporarily: - subdividing the rests prior to first note and tapping my foot on subdivs (worked for about a week) - using my left arm to visualize a continual breathe-in, breathe-out motion - visualizing the continual motion in my mind only - forcing the note to come out no matter how bad it sounds - using a metronome (sometimes works, but as soon as its gone the problem is back) - tapping my foot really strong on the anacrusis - practicing buzzing, breathing or lip-only articulation The problem is also much worse when I am cold. As I said, none of these solutions have had a permanent effect. If anyone has some ideas for me, they are much appreciated!