The more I meet and teach other trumpet players, it seems that often I hear only one volume setting, "LOUD!!". Most of the trumpet players I hear in person and some that I have taught tend to skip past sounding beautiful and go right for the the shock and awe of volume and power. Granted, this is not all of them, but a lot seem to fall in this category. Rowuk, How do you get students to understand that the trumpet is most beautiful when it's soft. Practicing soft doesn't seem to do it. We recommend it all the time but there often doesn't seem to be a transfer from the practice room to the stage. How do you explain that if the trumpet takes big balls (balls=courage) to play, then it takes really big balls to play sensitive? Would a Tazer be in order with particularly difficult students?